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Need your best Apple Cake Recipe

shrimptoast Dec 11, 2007 05:04 AM

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. JoanN RE: shrimptoast Dec 11, 2007 05:08 AM

    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. Sophia. RE: shrimptoast Dec 11, 2007 05:44 AM

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

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        yannie RE: shrimptoast Dec 11, 2007 07:11 AM

        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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          naturelle RE: yannie Oct 11, 2008 06:55 PM

          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.

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          shaebones RE: shrimptoast Dec 11, 2007 07:22 AM

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


          1. leanneabe RE: shrimptoast Dec 11, 2007 09:06 AM

            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.


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              jacinthe RE: shrimptoast Dec 11, 2007 11:54 AM

              Perhaps not the most picturesque cake (sorry for the darkness of the photo), but I recently made this torta di mele al burro (http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/... - scroll down a bit for the recipe) for a dinner party, and it disappeared so quickly I didn't even get seconds!

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                Norm Man RE: shrimptoast Dec 11, 2007 12:14 PM

                Do a search on google for Balzano Apple Cake. I got the Balzano Apple Cake recipe from the NY Times a few years ago and it is super. Balzano Apple Cake only uses a half cup of flour with 5 Apples.

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