Apple Cake From The Family Recipe Box
Today I’m sharing a family recipe. My mother has a notebook that is packet with recipes. Papers jut out in every direction with recipes scribbled on them. Some are typed, some torn from magazines, many on eclectic recipes cards from friends. This binder is a treasure chest of recipes. I love flipping through it and finding old favorites and recipes that remind me of the past times. I even found a recipe for an Orange Julius that I had written when I was probably 12 or 13 years old. A few months ago I was passing time flipping through the binder and found a recipe of my Grandmothers. It was for a fresh apple cake. This was a surprise as I had never eaten an apple cake let alone seeing a recipe for one from my Grandma! I was so excited to try it!
A New Favorite
My first time around it turn out so so good.. and I knew it had to be shared. The fresh tart apples in this cake make it so incredibly moist, reminds me a lot of zucchini bread. My kids go crazy over zucchini bread.. and guess what, they ate this cake like they were starving. I happily gave them seconds! If my kids want to fill up on zucchini bread and apple cake, I have absolutely no problem.
I like to mix my flours 1/2 all-purpose 1/2 whole wheat. Adding in that part of whole wheat increases the nutritional value and with my growing kids the need all they can get. In fact grains are incredibly important for brain development! I recently read an article on prenatal healthy and child development here on the Grains For Your Brains website. It made me feel good about diversifying my children’s diets and serving a variety of carbohydrates and grains. Little things like cooking with 1/2 all-purpose and 1/2 whole wheat really do matter. We can eat our cake and enjoy it too!
I’ve already made this cake a few times since discovering it and every time we have loved it. I chose to do a thick cream cheese glaze over the top, but =it can be eaten alone like a champion. I served it at a party and one guest took a piece home.. she text me back “Your cake was so good! Lexi (her daughter) and I just snarfed it down. It was AMAZING!” Getting compliments like that let me know it’s a solid recipe. Once upon a time it was my Grandmother Hardings favorite, and now it’s my little families favorite. Hope you enjoy!
This recipe was shared in partnership with the Grain Foods Foundation.
- 4 C peeled and grated Green Apples about (6-7 apples, Granny Smith are great!)
- 2 C Sugar
- 2 C Flour (all-purpose or whole wheat)
- 1 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
- 1 tsp Salt
- 2 Eggs
- 3/4 C Vegetable Oil
- 2 tsp Vanilla
- 4 oz. Cream Cheese
- 1/2 C Powdered Sugar
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 5-6+ T milk
- Peel and grate your apples. 4 loosely-packed cups takes about 6-7 apples depending on how large they are.
- Mix the apples with sugar.
- In a sperate bowl sift dry ingredients.
- Add in remaining ingredients including apples.
- Mix with a hand blender until combined.
- Pour into a greased bundt pan or 9x13 pan.
- Bake at 350 Degs F for 50 mins. Check at 40 mins for doneness.
- Allow to cool and frost.
- In a stand-up mixer using the whisk attachment, mix the cream cheese on high until smooth and creamy, 2-3 minutes.
- Add in powder sugar, vanilla and cinnamon.
- Add milk in a tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is reached.
- Mix well.