Whenever life gets a little hard and stressful I always find myself wanting to spend more time in the kitchen. I’m usually drawn toward classic recipes or family recipes that I remember eating as a kid. Growing up my mom used to make Apple Dapple Cake on a pretty regular basis. I haven’t had it in years and when I asked her for the recipe she ended up finding two- one from my granny, and one from my grandma. She couldn’t remember exactly which recipe she used, but guessed that she probably did a combination of the two.
I took the same approach and tried to pull in a few aspects of each recipe into this cake. I love how old recipes are so vague in the details, but it can make recreating them a little more challenging. That was the case with these recipes too where there was a decided lack of information about things like pan size or how the ingredients should be mixed. Luckily this is a foolproof cake, and with a little experimenting I came up with a version that is delicious. The cake is full of apples and spices and stays perfectly soft. A glaze is poured over the top of the cake when it is still hot from the oven. Part of the glaze soaks into the cake and part of it hardens giving it a wonderful, crackly topping. Hopefully my grandmothers would approve of this version of their Apple Dapple Cakes!
- 3 cups flour
- 1 tbl. apple pie spice
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1½ cup vegetable oil
- 2 cups sugar
- 3 eggs
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1½ cups grated apples
- 1½ cups diced apples
- 1 cup toasted walnuts (optional)
- ½ cup butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup milk
- Heat the oven to 350 degrees and butter a 9 x 13 inch pan.
- Combine the flour, apple pie spice, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl.
- In a separate bowl, whisk the oil, sugar, eggs, and vanilla together until smooth. Pour into the bowl with the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Stir in the apples and walnuts.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for approximately 40-50 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Prepare the glaze while the cake is baking.
- Combine the butter, brown sugar, and milk together in a small sauce pan set over medium heat. Stir occasionally until the butter melts and the mixture is combined. Bring to a boil and cook for 3 minutes. Pour the warm glaze over the hot cake when it comes out of the oven.
- Allow the cake to cool before serving.