Time tends to get away from me sometimes.
Jon has been asking me to make an Apple cake with him for about a year now, but our schedules never seemed to mesh, so he sent me the recipe a couple of weeks ago and asked me to go ahead and make it for Boat Club.
So I did.
And here's his recipe as written. I did modify it a tad, but my notes as to what I did differently are at the bottom.
Fresh Apple Cake Recipe
11/2 stick margarine
1 stick butter
2 cup sugar
3 well beaten eggs
3 or 4 cups peeled and chopped fresh apples
1 tsp. lemon extract
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
3 cups sifted all purpose flour
1 tsp. soda
Grease and flour 4 pans. Cream butter, margarine and sugar. Add extracts. Add eggs. Add apples. Combine flour, nutmeg, cinnamon and soda and sift 3 times. (I actually only sift it once). Add to butter/apple mixture. Bake@25 minutes@350.
Memom's Caramel Icing
2 cup brown sugar
1 stick butter
5 tbsp milk or cream (but I remember her recipe at home called for evaporated milk)
1/2 tsp. baking powder (make sure there NO LUMPS or you will have bitter spots in the icing)
1/2 tsp vanilla
Bring brown sugar, butter and milk/cream to a boil slowly. After it starts to boil, do NOT stir. Cook 2 minutes, NO MORE. Remove from heat & let stand until it no longer boils. Add baking powder and vanilla. Beat until stiff enough to pour on cake. Can add confectioners sugar if you need a little more.
2 sticks butter
2 scant cups sugar
3 cups peeled and diced apples
1 tsp. lemon extract (I used my own home-made extract, I'll post the recipe for that later on)
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1/2 scant teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg (well worth keeping a couple on hand and using your microplane to grate them fresh when needed. I find Nutmeg can hijack a recipe very quickly, so I use just a little less, especially when freshly grated).
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
3 cups sifted White Lily Flour (or use 1/2 cake flour and 1/2 all purpose flour)
1 tsp. baking soda
Cream the butter and sugar in your stand mixer until the mixture is white in color.
cake pans, and then peeled and chopped the apples and placed them in a acidulated water bath. ( which is just a fancy way of saying I squeezed a half lemon into some water).
Didn't know you were getting a science lesson, did you?
Although, I won't peel the apples when I make this again, as I think the peels are good for you.
Turn oven on, and heat to 350 degrees.
After the butter and sugar have been creamed, add one egg to the mixer bowl and mix well, after the first egg has been incorporated, add the second and then the third egg, letting the mixer incorporate each egg for a minute or so. Then add the extracts. I added a little lemon zest here as well, mainly cause my lemon extract wasn't quite ready, but I think it helped the flavour.
Sift the flour, spices and baking soda on top of the apple batter and mix together.
I then made the Caramel Icing according to the recipe and instructions, but for some reason I had it 'seize' up on me, and I think I know I did wrong. So, follow the instructions.
After you've beaten up the icing, let it sit for a minute while you get a nice cake plate out. Place the first cake layer on the platter and spoon a quarter of the icing over it, smoothing it out a little,
Set aside and let it set up, then cut and eat it .