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Dec 11, 2007 05:04 AM

Need your best Apple Cake Recipe

My dad's birthday is next week and asked me for an apple birthday cake. Does anyone have a great standout recipe?

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  1. There was an apple cake recipe in the NYTimes recently. I haven't made it, but my mother did to take to a dinner party and she said all the guests were raving about it.

    1. I made this one from Gourmet's Thanksgiving menu and it was superb. Definitely worth the effort of caramelizing the apples.

      1. What this lacks in fanciness it makes up for in moist deliciousness:

        My mom's apple cake:

        350 oven, 1 hr 15 mins.
        4-5 sliced apples, tossed with cinnamon and brown sugar
        Mix together:
        3 cups flour
        3 tsp baking powder
        1/2 tsp. salt
        1/2 tsp. vanilla
        2 cups sugar
        1 cup oil
        1/2 cup orange juice
        4 eggs

        Grease and flour tube pan. Pour a little more than half of the batter into the pan, spread about half of the apples, and then cover with the rest of the batter. Use the remaining apples for the top. (I sprinkle a little more cinn. on top before baking.)
        Be sure to bake so it’s not soggy, but don’t overbake

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        1. re: yannie

          Hi yannie, I just prepared your "mom's apple cake" recipe, and made a slight modification since I had 3 eggs instead of two, and reduced the sugar from 2 cups to 1 cup, and oil to 1/2 cup, increasing orange juice to 3/4 cup, and compensating by using 2 1/2 cups flour, leaving remaining ingredients the same. Placed 1/2 batter in bottom of bundt pan, then 6 cortland apples cut up, followed by remaining batter on top. Baked at 350 for 1 hour. Perfect results.
          Thank you.

        2. Have made this recipe at least 3 times. Its amazing. EVERYONE loves it. In fact its good enought for my Christmas Eve dessert.

          1. This is the one I make for dinner parties and it's always a hit. The cream makes the cake so moist. I find that 2 apples are plenty (the recipe calls for 3) since you need to slice them thinly anyway.