Sunday, October 14, 2012

uncle bob's fresh apple cake




Friday night, my beloved Washington Nationals, who finished the regular season with the best record in baseball, lost game 5 in post-season play in the National League Division Series, against the St. Louis Cardinals. :(  For anyone who knows me, or if you've read my blog "about me" here, you know I've been a die-hard fan (slightly obsessed!) since they arrived in Washington, DC in 2005.  I never miss a game, whether it's TV, radio, or at Nationals Park.  The game ended in true heartbreak fashion.  Since I could go on and on, I won't bore you with all the details of the game, or how extremely special this season was!  I just want to congratulate and thank the team for an unbelievably wonderful year!  I want to thank them also for all the happiness and excitement the season brought me, and all their scores of fans.  I didn't want it to end, and can't wait until next spring when it begins all over again!  Thank you, Nationals!



photo courtesy of masnsports.com











Just like baseball, Uncle Bob's Fresh Apple Cake is as classic as they come!  This incredible recipe, with some slight changes I've made, is adapted from Paula Deen's delightful, The Deen Family Cookbook, and also found online here. When I brought this cake in to my devoted taste-testers, I was told it was one of the best cakes they had ever tasted!  In fact, I will be baking it again this week for a brunch, since everyone politely indicated they didn't get their fill! :)  Although Paula Deen bakes it in a bundt pan, I chose to create it in traditional coffee cake style.  A basic Nordic Ware coffee cake pan was used, identical to this one found here, which can purchased inexpensively anywhere.  This also eliminates the baking time by 30 minutes.



Yummy apples from a recent visit to the Leesburg, Virgina farmer's market.



Pleasantly sweet, dense and extremely moist, with chunky bites of apple, and crunchy toasted walnuts, describes this divine apple cake!  It has already been added to my list as one of my holiday breakfast or brunch cakes  for the Thanksgiving and Christmas season.  It's exactly what I look for in baking during a busy time - elegance, delectable, and easy preparation!






Honeycrisp Apples were used in my Uncle Bob's Fresh Apple Cake, and the lovely ingredient in this creation, I thought I'd give a few fun facts about!  This has become my absolute favorite choice for both a cooking and eating apple, since becoming readily available in the Virginia area over the past few years.  Honeycrisp is a cross-pollination of two delicious apple varieties, Macoun and Honeygold, the first seedling planted in 1962 as part of the University of Minnesota apple breeding program.  It wasn't until 1991 that it was released to commercial nurseries for propagation.  The Honeycrisp is best grown in colder areas of the country, namely Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, upstate New York, and New England.  It's exceptionally  crisp and juicy, and stores well in the refrigerator for several weeks without losing its outstanding flavor.  I highly recommend it!

It's fall, it's apple season, the weather is much cooler, time to turn on your oven and bake!  Uncle Bob's Fresh Apple Cake gives your home a delicious, warm, aromatic scent…a great recipe to begin your fall baking!

Until next time…mangia!  xox

Carol 






Uncle Bob's Fresh Apple Cake with Honey Glaze
Serves 8 to 12

Ingredients:

for the honey glaze:
1 cup confectioners sugar
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons milk

for the apple cake:
3 cups diced granny smith apples (I used honey crisp)
1 cup lightly toasted chopped walnuts
2 teaspoons vanilla extract (I used vanilla bean paste)
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups sugar
1-1/4 cups vegetable oil (I always use canola)
3 eggs

Create the Apple Cake and Honey Glaze:

prepare the honey glaze:
Add all the ingredients to a small bowl and stir until smooth.  Cover with plastic wrap and set the bowl aside.  (This will thicken up as it sets.)

prepare the apple cake:
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.  Lightly grease or spray a bundt or coffee cake pan.  Baking times will vary for pan used, noted below.

In a bowl, mix together the diced apples, toasted chopped walnuts, vanilla, and cinnamon.  In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt.

Using an electric mixer beat the sugar, oil, and eggs in a large bowl.  Add in the dry ingredients and beat until completely combined.  Fold in the apple mixture.

Scrape the batter into the prepared pan.  The batter is going to be thick.  If you are using a coffee cake pan, as I did, place the pan on center rack and cook for 60 minutes, or until a tester inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean.  (If you are using a bundt pan, the recipe states to bake for 1-1/2 hours, or until a tester inserted in to the middle of the cake comes out clean. See Carol's note below.)

Allow the cake to fully cool in the pan, about 1 hour, and then turn it out onto a plate.

Drizzle the apple cake with the honey glaze!  The cake can be wrapped tightly and stored in refrigerator for 3 to 5 days.

Carol's notes:

Paula Deen does not call for peeling the apples.  I chose to peel mine.

I used a coffee cake pan, and baked the cake for 1 hour; therefore, I can't verify the  1-1/2 hours called for baking time if using a bundt pan.  Personally, I think that seems a bit long, so if using a bundt pan, start checking for doneness at 1-1/4 hours.

This cake tasted even more delicious the second day, if that is possible! :)  So feel free to prepare a day in advance and put the cooled, wrapped cake in the refrigerator until ready to serve.  You can wait until the day you are going to serve to prepare the glaze.  Make the glaze a couple hours in advance so it has a chance to set up and thicken slightly.  Drizzle the cake with the glaze before serving.  Enjoy!!!




53 comments:

  1. The only baseball game I went to in my life was in DC about 7 years ago! This cake reminds me of one I make with pears and almonds. It´s almost exactly the same, from Magnolia bakery. I just love the honey in the glaze!

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  2. Love, love this apple cake! I bet it tasted just perfect. The glaze just makes the perfect topping. Great photos!!!

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  3. Carol, this cake looks heavenly! I love the honey glaze. Wish I had a large slice right now!

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  4. Sorry the Nationals lost the final game. I know absolutely nothing about baseball, but it sounds like they had a great season. :)

    After Pink Lady, Honeycrisps are my favorite kind of apples. This cake looks oh, so delicious!! The glazed top reminds me of a wonderful doughnut. :D Thanks for sharing the recipe, and the apple trivia!

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  5. I may wake up crying in the morning. Simply because I don't have this amazing cake I will be craving. Looks amazing and perfect for fall. Yum!

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  6. Yum, fabulous apple cake, looks so good in your pictures too. I like the honey in the glaze too that sounds yummy. I must try this one next! Have a great week Valerie.

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  7. Did I know you were local? I can't remember, it's early! If I did, don't mind me. If not, yay DC! Love the Nationals. Love the apple cake, too!

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  8. Love this cake! Your photos are lovely;-) Our SF Giants and 49ers lost yesterday, not our finest weekend for Bay Area sports, oh well....next time! Maybe I'll bake a cake this week...thanks for inspiring me;-)

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  9. This looks amazing. I know what I'm making for tomorrow morning!

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  10. First, there was Aunt Cyndi's Fresh Apple Cake by Suzanne. Now, there is Uncle Bob's Fresh Apple Cake! I am loving this apple cake mania! Truly, a great way to start fall baking!

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  11. What a luscious looking cake! :O I love the sound of the honeycrisp apples. We have such different varieties here :)

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  12. What a gorgeous cake~one I may have to try making gluten-free! So glad you stopped by my blog to say hi-love your site, but sorry to hear about your baseball loss :-( My family and I lived in No Virginia for 1 1/2 years {Falls Church} but, baseball fans that we are, never made it to a National's Game. Sadly, our beloved Padres didn't do so well this year...

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  13. That was a heartbreaking loss. I am not a huge baseball fan, but we have been watching a lot of the playoffs. That was just not a good game for a Nationals fan. This cake though - gorgeous!

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  14. This is just gorgeous and I love all apple desserts. Can't stop looking at that first photo. :)

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  15. Your Dad loves apple cake and I always made my Mom's recipe. But I'm ready to try this one. Yum!

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  16. Wow Carol! The cake looks heavenly! Love the glaze and that first picture is just stunning!

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  17. Hi Carol! I´m new in your fantastic blog, I saw your chocolate cupcake in Pinterest, and now I´m visiting your recipes, all are yummy and the pictures are beautifull!
    Congratulation
    Maria
    Uvas pan y queso saben a beso

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    1. Maria, You are so kind! I'm so happy you found my blog, and thank you so much for becoming a follower! Carol

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  18. Me encanta !! Look delicious !! Great job ....I find your blog of casuality !!
    i love it ....sorry my inglish is bad...very bad!!
    Un besete
    Mila

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  19. I'm so pleased to find you! I don't know who he is but I'm in love with Uncle Bob! I adore a fresh apple cake. They're always moist and delicious and I eat more than my share. Totally worth it.

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    1. Thank you and likewise, Maureen! Guests posts always open up a new world of wonderful blogs!

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  20. Great work, Uncle Bob. This is a lovely looking cake and the drizzled icing is literally "the icing on the cake".

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  21. Apple cake? Did you say apple cake? Oh, boy, I want a huge slice right now...what a marvelous dessert!

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  22. Delisius looking cake, perfect for an Autumn! Thank you!

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  23. Just pinned. Outstanding cake:) Oh yes, this is going on my menu for this week!! Just dropping in to check it out and follow:) Now following via Facebook, Pinterest and GFC:)

    I would also love to invite you to share this or any of your other favorite posts at Freedom Fridays Blog Hop (no rules and live all weekend) So hoping to see you there (don't forget to bring this cake, lol)

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    1. Evelyn, Thank you so much! Thank you also for the blog hop invite!!! I will definitely come on over and check it out! You will love the cake!!! Have a great weekend! Carol

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  24. Looks great! I love the look of the glaze. I bet it soaks into the cake and makes it so moist.

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    1. Thank you, Laura! It's one of the best coffee cakes ever! :)

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  25. Carol the cake looks and sounds wonderful and that honey glaze - oh boy! Lovely! And thanks for the pin on my bread earlier :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Averie! Your bread was beautiful - couldn't wait to pin it!!! :). Thanks for stopping by!!

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  26. Oh my Carol! I just saw (and commented) on your cranberry almond coffee cake, and now I'm getting sucked into your blog! So many delicious and beautiful recipes. Happily pinning away my afternoon! Going to try this with pecans. For some reason I am not a fan of walnuts. Thanks so much for sharing your talents!

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    1. Hi Tracy! So happy you found my blog! I accidentally deleted the comment on the cranberry coffee cake...I am so sorry! Thank you so much for your kind comments on both cakes! ...and pecans will work perfectly!!! Have a great day!!!

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  27. This cake looks so delicious, perfect with a cup of tea. Can you store the cake at room temperature or does it have to be stored in the fridge?

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    1. Hi Laura! Thanks for stopping by, and asking your question. The original recipe calls for it to be stored in the fridge, so that's how I've always done it. I have, however, baked it in the morning and kept it out the day that I've baked it, and if any remains, stored it covered in the fridge that evening. Unfortunately, or fortunately, it never lasts much after that! :) You will love it either way, trust me!!!

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  28. Is it bad that I've only been to one baseball game my entire life?

    Now this cake on the other hand - TO DIE FOR! Can you please send me a couple of slices? Thanks!

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    1. No, that's not bad, Chung-Ah...you just don't know what you're missing! ;) Thank you so much for your kind words on the apple cake, it truly is TDF...and thank you for stopping by!!!

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  29. if you want to leave out the walnuts, and make it wouldnt nuts, do any other substitutions need to be made?

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    1. Good morning, Jessica! You won't need any substitutions at all, just leave them out. When I recently visited my son's family I made this, and his wife doesn't like walnuts. I left them out...and it was just as delicious!! Enjoy!

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  30. Just made this and popped it into the oven. I didn't peel the apples...just sliced and lined the pan with them then poured the batter on top. Smells good and it's done in one hour! Thanks for the recipe!

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    1. Good morning, Anon! Thanks so much - I'm thrilled that you came by to let me know about the apple cake! Any time cutting measures always work for me - I love how you did it! Yum, I can taste it now! :} Enjoy!!!

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  31. My guys are eagerly waiting for me to bake this for them. I was wondering if you thought this would work as cupcakes? Or maybe baked in one of those larger muffin tins? (I'm think I could freeze half).

    I love, love, love your blog. Thank you so much not only for your recipes but for your insight as well.

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    1. Good morning, Genia! I can't believe that you asked this question, because just yesterday, I was thinking about trying the exact same thing. I'm all for freezing portions! I absolutely think it would work for the "large" muffin pans, but don't think it would be good for the small ones. (I wouldn't use papers in the tin either, unless you use stand alone baking papers, that don't require a pan.) Just prepare the cups like the cake pan, by lightly greasing or baking spray. Of course, adjust the baking times. I'd love to hear how they work out for you...this is the best cake!!! Thanks so much for your sweet comment about my blog, so appreciated! Enjoy your weekend!

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  32. Wow Carol! This looks amazing! I've been searching for a good apple cake recipe and I think I just found it! I'm so excited to try this! (And what a gorgeous photo...it makes me want to reach into my computer monitor and pull off a taste!)

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    1. Happy Saturday morning, Martha! What a pleasure to have you stop by!!! I promise you, you will not need to search any further...this apple cake is absolutely the best! It's my family's newest constant request. Thank you for your kind words, and have a wonderful weekend!

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  33. Mmmm que rico se ve!!!...ooops sorry meant it looks delish!! ;-)

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  34. What a fantastic recipe! ...Thanks for the easy guide.

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  35. It is 1 am here and there is nothing in my fridge. Do you know my feeling when I see these delicious foods :(

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Hi! Thank you so much for stopping by a cup of mascarpone, and taking the time to leave a comment! I read, smile, and cherish each and every one of them! xox

Carol