Presenting a family favorite! This easy apple cake is super moist and is rich with apples and cinnamon. Aside from the slicing of the apples, it just takes minutes to pull together.
I add more apples than the original recipe calls for. And I always use Granny Smith because I like that they aren’t overly sweet. When mixed with sugar the apple taste is still strong and pure. And although it’s only a small amount, the 1/3 cup of orange juice that the recipe calls for really brightens the flavors.
Although our apple cake recipe needs no frosting, a sprinkle of powdered sugar would be pretty and delicious. However, for me, I like nice layer of powdered sugar glaze:)
Apple Cake Recipe (adapted from Every Day With Rachael Ray Magazine)
- 1 cup canola or vegetable oil
- 2.5 cups flour
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 3 tsp. ground cinnamon, divided
- 4 or 5 large Granny Smith apples (1 1/2 – 2 lbs.), peeled, cored and thinly sliced (but not too thin)
- 2 1/4 cups granulated sugar, divided
- 4 large eggs
- 1/3 cup orange juice
- 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a 12 cup Bundt cake with non-stick cooking spray. In a large boil, combine the apples with 1/4 cup of the sugar and 1 tsp. of the cinnamon. Toss well and set aside.
- Either in a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or with electric beaters, beat the 1 cup of oil with the eggs, orange juice, vanilla and remaining 2 cups of sugar on medium-high for 1 minutes. Add the flour in 3 batches, adding the baking powder and remaining 2 tsp. of cinnamon after the first batch. Mix just until combined. Fold in the apples until combined. Transfer to the pan, leaving about an inch at the top, and bake until golden and a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean, about 1 hour and 15 (may take up to 1 hour and 30 minutes). Let cake cool in the pan for about 30 minutes before unmolding in onto a rack to cool completely.
If you would like to add a glaze similar to mine, it’s not really a recipe I follow; I just kind of throw it together. But to give a bit of direction, put 2 cups of powdered sugar in a medium mixing bowl. Start off with 1/4 cup of milk or heavy cream (I like heavy cream) and mix. Keep adding liquid, 1 Tbsp. at a time, until you’ve achieved a consistency that you like (I like a rather thick one).
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