So when I was trying to decide what to make first in honor of FitFare’s Fall Feast-ival, two thoughts came to mind: pumpkin and apples. These are the two fall produce items that I most associate with fall. Now I L-O-V-E pumpkin, but I haven’t worked much with apples. That, to me, sounded like a challenge so I got to work.
I went through dozens of recipes before I found one that looked good. It was Apple Cake in Better Food For Kids. I tweaked it a bit to fit my desires and the result was awesome. My husband was blown away by the moist and flavorful apple-y cake. And it was really easy too, which is always a great bonus.
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
2 cups sliced and peeled apples
Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease an 8″ round cake pan.
Stir together flour, baking soda, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg and salt. Set aside.
In the bowl of your electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until well combined. Add egg and continue to beat. Slowly mix in dry ingredient mix, followed by vanilla. Finally, stir in apple slices.
Pour into greased cake pan and level gently. Place in the oven and cook for 20-30 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Remove cake from pan and cool on a rack
TO SERVE: drizzle with caramel or top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.