Mother's Day Apple Cake
By
Nina Herndon
On
May 4, 2022
May 4, 2022
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In honor of Mother’s Day, I wanted to share a recipe, and a story, that makes me think of my mom. 

Something you may not know about Theresa is that back in the day, she was a BIG fan of treating herself to a McDonald’s fountain Diet Coke (if you know, you know) fries, and every once in a while a hot apple pie. In her words "what's the point of working out - if you can't treat yourself once in a while!" I completely agree.

Last year, I was trying to use up the 20+ apples I had in my refrigerator and landed on a baking recipe with “easy” in the title. As promised, the recipe was easy and, immediately, the first bite took me back to opening that little red box and sharing a hot apple pie with my mom.

Inspired by the Easy-As-Pie Apple Cake Recipe, I decreased the amount of sugar, swapped white sugar for brown, added golden raisins, and was more generous with the cinnamon and nutmeg. If you don’t have nutmeg on hand, I beg you to go get some for this recipe – it’s the key ingredient.

I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Ingredients

  • 1 c unbleached all-purpose flour, more as needed
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter (1/2 stick), softened*
  • ½ c brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 c diced apples (from about 2 apples)
  • ½ c golden raisins
  • ½ c toasted pecans, chopped 

Directions

  • Heat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9-inch cake pan (anything with high sides will work, metal or glass)
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside
  • In a large bowl with a handheld mixer (or a stand mixer if you have one) cream the butter, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg; add the egg and mix until smooth
  • With the mixer on low, slowly add the flour mixture until no pockets of flour are visible
  • Using a spatula, gold in the apples, golden raisins, and nuts
  • Spread batter into pan, evenly
  • Bake until the cake is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 40 to 45 minutes (possibly more for a glass dish)
  • Let cool 10 minutes before serving; enjoy warm with a cup of coffee or all by itself

*If you don’t have time to soften butter, you can soften it with this easy microwave trick in about 10 minutes. 

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