This apple cake screams Fall to me. A friend of mine, Lynda Phillips, gave me this recipe as a newlywed in the early 70's. After researching the origin of the recipe, I found out that this cake sometimes called Apple Blossom Cake, has been around for years and maybe making it's debut in the 50's. After using different kinds of apples in this recipe over the years, I have found that the Granny Smith apples works best. It holds it's texture and has that sweet and tart taste at the same time.
About the apple itself, you could say it has been around for a long time too, as far back as the beginning of time. Sometimes in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way. We feel as though we are worthless. But no matter what has happened or what will happen, we will never lose our value in God's eyes. To Him, dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, we are still priceless to Him. Psalm 17:8 states that God will keep us, as the apple of His eye. Since the beginning of time, He created us to be the reflection of His glory. Today while I breath in all the beauty that God has created, I stand amazed and am grateful for all of His goodness to me.
Fresh Apple Cake with Apple Cider Glaze
1 1/2 cup oil
2 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoon soda
3 cups fresh apples, peeled, cord and chopped (I used 2 small granny smith, 1 medium honey crisp, and 1 medium gala)
1 cup pecans, chopped
1 cup powdered sugar
1-2 tablespoons half and half
1 tablespoons apple cider
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Use solid vegetable shortening to generously grease a Tube pan and dust it with flour. Cream oil and sugar together. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well. Sift dry ingredients and spices together. Add to sugar mixture. Add vanilla, apples and nuts to batter and fold all together. Bake in prepared Tube pan for 45 minutes; lower the oven to 300 degrees F. bake for 30 minutes or until done. Cool 20 minutes before removing from pan. Transfer to a serving plate and immediately glaze with Apple Cider Glaze
Apple Cider Glaze: In a small bowl, whisk together powdered sugar, half and half, apple cider, vanilla and cinnamon until smooth and creamy. Pour over cake.
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