Two days ago, I received an unexpected, but very welcome gift; A GIANT paper sack COMPLETELY FULL of freshly picked apples. Last night, still unsure of what to do with all of them, I decided to head out onto the world wide web and see what I could find. Since it was almost 9 o'clock PM when I started this project there were main two criteria during my search:
1) Must use a LOT of apples
2) Must use only ingredients I have in the pantry (since I did not feel like running to the market)
I stumbled upon Southern Living magazine's list of 101 Crisp and Juicy Apple Recipes. I settled on their recipe for: Fresh Apple Cake.
It had great reviews and looked amazing... my apologies for the lack of photos during the process, but it was late, I was tired, and let's face it-- just plain lazy... BUT let me just tell you... it turned out delicious and I felt I really needed to share it!!!! I followed the recipe as written with only a few minor changes.
But first, one quick side-note-- *the texture while mixing the cake really made me feel like I had done something wrong. The recipe states it should be like cookie dough, and it really is. You begin to wonder HOW in the World it will every turn into a "cake"-- but, rest assured, it will.*
- Did not use Granny Smith apples, rather whatever was in my "gift bag"... and used only about 2 pounds of peeled, cored and thinly sliced apples instead of 2 1/2 lbs, due to size of baking dish.
- After reading reviews, used only 1 1/2 cups sugar instead of 2 cups.
- I also halved the frosting recipe, which I still had plenty to work with!
Speaking of frosting, they give you THREE different choices of frosting: Browned-Butter
, Dark Chocolate
or Cream Cheese
frosting!!! Can you say AWESOME!! I decided to try the Browned-Butter
variety and was not disappointed. Truthfully though, I almost preferred the delicious cake without frosting where I could enjoy it to the full extent of its apple-deliciousness... I will DEFINITELY be making this again!
Labels: Apples, Baking, Bars, Cake, Dessert, Recipe