cream cheese frosting

Aunt Rose’s Fresh Apple Cake

Fresh apples make this cake moist and full of flavor.  Fresh apple cake is one of my favorite desserts.

Aunt Rose, you would love her.  92 years old with a heart and spirit that is timeless.  Every year for our family reunion, she bakes a couple Fresh Apple Cakes.  They are the center of several family fun-loving disputes, like “where is the other cake?  Who ran off with it?”  All of us love the appley goodness that is topped with cream cheese icing.  Mmmmmmm…  thoughts of it make my mouth water.  Aunt Rose lives hundreds of miles away and I get cravings for the cake more than once a year when she is around to cook it so I asked her for the recipe.  Well…  it looked the same, but the taste?  No, not the same cake!  I made a point of being in the kitchen with her when she made it a couple years ago and watched what she put in.  Like other good cooks, she had her secrets…  I caught her embellishing the recipe that she had given me…  In went a few more spices.  I questioned her about that and the fact she hadn’t put that in the recipe ingredients she had given me and she said “Ohhhh…  I just throw in a few extra spices I feel like, at the time.”  Of course, I forgive her, for I’ve done the same to favorite recipes.  And who couldn’t forgive her?  After all, she is AUNT ROSE!

4 cups grated apples (preferably tart ones)
2 cups sugar
½ cup corn oil
2 eggs
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. cinnamon
¼ to ½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. nutmeg
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour (or more to make the batter a little thicker than regular cake batter)
1 cup walnuts

Set oven at 350.

Mix first four ingredients, apples through eggs, in a large bowl and let stand for 30 minutes.  Add the dry ingredients and mix well.  Stir in nuts.  Pour into greased 9 x 13 pan and bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until center springs back when touched.  Remove from oven and cool.  Frost with basic cream cheese frosting.  (Aunt Rose added some cloves and allspice to taste.)

Aunt Rose's Apple Cake

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