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I’ve decided that I really, really love apple cake. I found this recipe in my Mom’s collection but she notes that it came from Mrs. Wilkes Boarding House in Savannah, GA. She had a handwritten version with notes like “Bob’s Favorite”, “So Good”, and “Out of This World”, so it seems appropriate that I call it Out of This World Apple Cake, because it’s really that delicious.
If you’ve read this blog for a while you know I have so many of my Mom’s recipes and books. When I saw this was from Mrs. Wilkes I went searching because I thought I had a copy of a book from there. If you’ve never been to Mrs. Wilkes, the next time you’re in Savannah, go. Be prepared to wait but it will be worth it. Back to the book, I found it and lo and behold it’s signed to my Mom from Mrs. Wilkes herself! What a treasure!
The first thing to do is peel, core and chop the apples. What I absolutely love about Envy apples is they don’t oxidize (brown) as quickly as other varieties. I did have all my other ingredients ready to go and prepared the apples last but they did sit on the cutting board for about 10 minutes and there was very little color change. My new paring knife from Swiss Diamond made quick work of the peeling and chopping since it’s so sharp.
Like any other baked good, you don’t want to over mix. Overmixing can easily happen when you have to add the flour in stages. My out of this world apple cake requires you to dump it all in at once so mix until it’s just combined. You’ll mix a bit more when folding in the apples and nuts, which by the can be omitted if there are allergy concerns. I used pecans because they are a favorite but walnuts would be delicious too.
So, let’s talk about the pan for a minute. The original recipe calls for the use of a tube pan, also known as an angel food pan. Let’s just say I have a love-hate relationship with tube pans. More to the hate side. I love the look of a straight edge cake but always have trouble removing it from the pan. You may remember my cinnamon nut coffee ring. It was delicious but a disaster when it came out of the pan.
This, too, was an umolding disaster. Albeit a delicious one. A blogger friend suggested making a trifle, which is a standard move when something like this happens to a cake, but this is not a trifle friendly cake. If you began layering it and adding whipped cream it would just become a soggy mess. It’s a very moist cake, hence part of the reason it’s so delicious. So, my tip is, if your adept at removing cakes from tube pans, use a tube pan. If not, use a Bundt pan. For the record, I’m not giving up on tube pans just yet.
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Out of This World Apple Cake
- 1 1/2 cups canola oil
- 2 cups sugar, I used Imperial Sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 3 cups flour, sifted
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, I used Rodelle Gourmet Vanilla Extract
- 3 cups finely chopped apple, I used Envy Apples
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 teaspoons apple pie spice
- 1 cup chopped nuts, walnuts or pecans
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease and flour a 12 cup Bundt pan, set aside.
In a mixing bowl sift together flour, baking soda, salt and apple pie spice.
In separate bowl cream oil and sugar and then add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add flour mixture all at one time as well as vanilla extract.
Gently fold in chopped apple and chopped nuts. Bake in prepared pan for 50 - 60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with moist crumbs.
Cool in pan 15 minutes then remove to a cooling rack to cool completely.
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