Fresh Apple Cake with Caramel Glaze

In Sunday’s post I showed the loot from my garden.  My 9 year old daughter used the apples to make Fresh Apple Cake with Caramel Glaze from my all-time favorite cookbook, The Gift of Southern Cooking by Edna Lewis and Scott Peacock.  When making this cake for our family only we make a half batch, which fills a 9×9 pan.  For a crowd make the whole recipe.  We also like to have this for breakfast!  I apologize for lack of appetizing food photos.  I have not perfected my food-photo-taking technique.

Fresh Apple Cake with Caramel Glaze from “The Gift of Southern Cooking” by Edna Lewis and Scott Peacock

The Cake

1 cup light brown sugar

1 cup granulated sugar

1 1/2 cups vegetable oil

3 eggs

3 cups unbleached all purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp salt

5 fresh apples cut into 1/2 inch pieces (I don’t peel mine)

1 1/4 cups chopped pecans

2 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Mix sugars and vegetable oil, add eggs.  Add dry ingredients.  Stir in apples, pecans and vanilla.  Pour into buttered 9×13 pan and bake at 325 for about an hour.

The Glaze

4 tbsp unsalted butter

1/4  cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

pinch of salt

1/2 cup heavy cream

Melt butter in saucepan.  Add both sugars and salt, stirring until blended and bubbling.  Stir in heavy cream and boil for 2 minutes, whisking constantly.  Pour over the cake.  Yum!

Mixing everything up

Ready to go in the oven

Done!

Making the Caramel Glaze

Finished! Not bad for a 9 year old.

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