Sweet strains of cinnamon, sugar and apple resonate throughout this simple, quintessentially Fall apple cake. Showing your love has never been easier.
Let’s set the scene. Your baby left home three weeks ago. He/she proudly donned their new college sweatshirt, packed the car within an inch of its life and jauntily waved goodbye as they drove off into their bold, bright future. The house is quiet. The beds stay made. Your loads of laundry and dirty dishes are cut in half. YOUMISSYOURBABY!!!!!!
Meanwhile, on the other side of the world (seemingly,) your baby has fun-tacked their dorm walls with one hundred posters of their new favorite bands, engaged in several deep conversations about the Meaning of Life with their new roommate and performed the first of many risk-taking behaviors no mother wants to think about. But guess what. YOURBABYMISSESYOUTOO!!
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Enter Triple the Love Apple Cake.
Send this cake to your child immediately and you effortlessly triple the love because:
- You get to express your fathomless, soul-stirring, cinnamon-flavored love for your baby.
- Your baby gets to experience that love viscerally. Where it counts. In their belly.
- News of the cake’s arrival travels swiftly and seriously boosts baby’s status with the new roommate. And suite mates. Not to mention the folks on the second floor, the hard-ass RA and the cute co-ed from south campus.
Traditional Apple Cake Recipe
Every family has this recipe, or one like it, in their archives. It’s what you do with it that counts.
This recipe here, for instance, has been in my family longer than I have. Which is saying something. I must’ve devoured at least twenty of these cakes throughout my lifetime. But the one my mom made, packed up in a box and sent to me in my dorm room in Washington, DC? That one stands out. And if I, me, my middle-aged-self actually remembers something from that long ago? That means it was pretty darn special. It’s probably why I turned out so awesome.
There is, however, one downside. If you send it to your child at college, they don’t get to experience the heavenly aroma that emanates from the kitchen while you’re baking it.
Which is why you should really make it again when they’re home for Thanksgiving.
- 4 large apples
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 5 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 3 cups flour
- 2 cups white granulated sugar
- 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 cup neutral cooking oil I use grapeseed.
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 cup orange juice no pulp.
Peel, core and slice apples thickly.
Add cinnamon and sugar to apples and let sit.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease and flour tube pan.
Combine next six ingredients (flour through orange juice) in a mixing bowl.
Pour thin layer of batter into prepared tube pan.
Layer in about 1/2 of the apples taking pains to distribute as evenly as possible.
Pour another layer of batter.
Layer in the rest of the apples.
Finish up with the batter.
Bake at 350 for one to one and a half hours until toothpick (or long thin knife) inserted into the middle comes out clean.
Remove from oven and let cool on wire rack about 10 to 20 minutes, at least until you can handle the pan.
Turn out onto a plate then re-invert onto cake plate (so that the top while baking is also the top now.)
Dust with powdered sugar (optional.)
** Batter is unusually thick and sticky. If you're like me and you're always convinced you're doing it wrong, see video in post.
** Cake will bake more quickly in a dark colored metal tube pan than the one pictured in this post (lightly colored non-stick coating.) The difference could be about a half an hour. Check for color and doneness accordingly.
** Apples will produce some juice if they marinate in the cinnamon and sugar long enough. Feel free to add it to the batter as you layer the apples in.