A few weekends ago we had a dinner party with some friends that we had not seen in a while. We decided it was much too long and we needed to get together more often. It seems when we get together many times we talk about food (they love to cook and try new recipes). My daughters had mentioned that one of their favorite desserts was apple cake. We all chuckled because they had never had an apple cake before, apple pie of course, and have added applesauce to different recipes for moisture.
The next day, I thought to myself…ahh….I think we will make an apple cake for dessert (and makes a good breakfast as a coffee cake too)!
¾ cup chopped walnuts
3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
4 large baking apples, peeled, cored and sliced
1 T. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
4 large eggs
½ cup vegetable oil
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
¼ cup orange juice
2 tsp. vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Spray a 10-inch bundt pan with oil to help the cake in not sticking to the sides. Sprinkle walnuts at the bottom of the pan evenly. In a large bowl, mix 2 T. of the flour, ¼ cup of the sugar, and the cinnamon together. Add apples to the bowl and toss.
In another bowl, mix the remaining of the flour and the sugar, baking powder and salt. Add the eggs, oil, butter, orange juice, and vanilla. Mix together until the batter is well combined.
Pour half of the batter into the bundt pan (roughly 2 cups). Then place the apple mixture on top of the batter and spread evenly. Add the remainder of the batter, on top of the apples.
Bake for 1 ¼ hours. Let the cake cool for 15-20 minutes. Take a knife and run around the sides of the pan, turn over, cool a little more and remove the cake from the pan.