Easy-as-Pie Apple Cake

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Author Notes: Adapted from the recipe for Mrs. Fisher’s Apple Torte at http://jacqueline-church.suite101.com/happy-birthday-joy-of-cooking-a8608, this cake couldn’t be any easier and is super delicious. Jacqueline tweeted me her link recently after I mentioned the bushel of apples I had acquired from apple picking this year. I've adjusted the leavening, added salt, creamed the butter and sugar with the vanilla and spices to really get the flavors to meld, and baked it in a fluted tart pan. I've made this 5 or 6 times, and each time I think "wow! this is really yummy!" It's a great breakfast cake, too, in case there are any leftovers.mrslarkin

Serves 8

  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups diced apples
  • 1/2 cup toasted pecans, chopped (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9” fluted tart pan with removable bottom, or a 9” cake pan with 1” sides that you've lined with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl. Set aside.
  3. In a mixer bowl fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add the egg and mix until smooth.
  4. Add the flour mixture and mix until smooth. Don’t fret – it is a thick batter!
  5. Add the apples and nuts and mix until incorporated. Spread evenly into prepared pan and bake for 40 – 45 minutes until skewer comes out clean and top is a nice golden color.
  6. If using the tart pan, nudge the cake out carefully, while cake is still a tiny bit warm. If using a cake pan, let cool slightly, run a thin knife around edge of pan and turn out onto a dish and invert onto a cake plate so the crispy top of the cake is up.
  7. Serve with a spoonful of whipped cream, a dollop of crème fraiche or a scoop of good vanilla ice cream.
  8. Cook’s tip #1: Here’s how I dice my apples. Quarter, core and peel some apples. Place each piece flat-side-down and make a few long cuts down, but not all the way through one end of the apple quarter. It’s similar to the method of dicing onions, keeping the onion intact at the root end. Turn your apple quarter to the other flat side and make a few long cuts again. Now rotate your apple piece sideways and dice. For me, this is much easier and quicker than stacking unwieldy slices. But you dice or chop your apple any way you like; it’s your apple, and it'll taste great any which way.
  9. Cook’s tip #2: Sometimes, when I'm lazy, which is most of the time, I’ve used my handheld hinged citrus juicer as a nut chopper/crusher. It works pretty darn well.
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about 3 years ago JadeTree

Made this today for an impromptu brunch we suddenly decided to host. I desperately Foodpickled looking for something to do with then co-op apples I'm drowning in and mrslarkin herself Pickled it for me and it turned out perfectly. Made me look like a serene, baking genius since I was able to throw it together at the last minute before the guests arrived and slip it fragrantly from the oven just as the bacon was dwindling on the plates. This is a great way to goose up very basic brunch menu! Next time I hope I will have pecans on hand - I have eaten every nut in the house - and I will be more generous with the apples. The two scant cups I frantically peeled and diced were great but next time I want a thicker paving of apples in the chewy dough. Thanks, mrslarkin!

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about 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Thanks for letting me know, JadeTree!! That is so great to hear. And I like that you (and I) still call it the "foodpickle." Don't think I'll ever stop. :)

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about 3 years ago JadeTree

Ha! Yes, Hotline is more dignified. But I came in with the playful Foodpickle - it shall ever be thus.

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about 3 years ago T.Mercado

Thank you for this tasty treat my family will love it yummy. sounds so good I doubled the recipe can't wait to have the first slice.

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about 3 years ago mrslarkin

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You're welcome, T.Mercado! Do let me know how it turned out! I double the recipe frequently!

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about 3 years ago KFS

This looks delicious...I was wondering how it would keep? could I make it today to serve tomorrow?

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about 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Hi KFS! Definitely, make today to serve tomorrow. I do that a lot. The cake keeps well a couple days, too.

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about 3 years ago Waverly

Yum! Everyone in my house loves a good apple cake

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about 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Thanks, Waverly. Us, too!

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about 3 years ago drbabs

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Another Genius recipe, mrslarkin!

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about 3 years ago mrslarkin

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aw, shucks, thanks drbabs.

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about 3 years ago AntoniaJames

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Sounds so delicious!! This is definitely on the "must-make-for-breakfast" list over the Thanksgiving weekend. I might even make it for T-Day breakfast, itself. (We'll need fuel for running up Mt. Tamalpais that morning!!) Thank you so much for posting it. ;o)

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about 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Thank you, AJ! Wow, your T-Day sounds like fun!! Do let me know if you try this.

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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This is wonderful, mrslarkin! It would be a great holiday breakfast cake.

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about 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Thanks, hla! That is a great idea!

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about 3 years ago arielleclementine

Yahoo! This is exactly what I was looking for (I owe a friend a belated birthday dinner an wanted an easy apple cake!) Love the tart pan idea too. Coincidentally, I just made your Pumpkin Christmas Bread again tonight- so delicious!

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about 3 years ago mrslarkin

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yay! I'm eating a piece of apple cake right now. Om nom. Let me know if you try it! Oh, i lurv that Pumpkin Christmas Bread so much - never lasts very long around here. Glad you like it!