In the south, food is our memory.  Stretching back through space and time, it tastes like family.  It tells our story.  And the foods we value most, tell the stories that are dearest to our hearts.  So, it is no wonder that one of the first things I do when the morning air gets crisp is make my mamaw’s fresh apple cake.  It’s one of those old recipes that she got from a Wesson Cooking Oil label countless years ago and kept as a snipping stuck in the pages of one of her recipe books. That snipping would wave at us from in between those pages all year long.  Making us talk about it, “Do you remember when we had that apple cake…?”  Prompting us to ask about it,  “When are you going to make another one of those apple cakes?”   We all knew that when the apples got ripe on the trees, Pawpaw would get a hankering, and only then would she get to baking and not a minute sooner.  But it didn’t keep us from watching for the day when she would slip that snipping from between its pages and start chopping apples.   I received my very own Xerox copy (yes, xerox) of this recipe when I moved away from home.  With its overly dark black print, grainy and smudged body, it too is a snipping, clipped from the rest of the blank page that it was copied on.  It’s kept safe between the pages of those same cookbooks that used to sit on her counter, but now sit on mine.  And it’s removal still heralds the glories of fall and all the memories that can be crammed into one worn Bundt pan.


Fresh Apple Cake

Full of chopped apples and walnuts, this rustic seasonal cake is perfect for breakfast or anytime! Ingredients

  • 3/4 C Wesson oil
  • 2 C sugar
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 3 tsp vanilla
  • 3 C flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 C walnuts (coarsely chopped) (Nuts are always optional if they aren’t your thing.)
  • 3 C apples (coarsely chopped, fresh/unpeeled and uncooked)  wax paper
  • Bundt or tube pan

Preparation Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl combine the first 4 ingredients.  Stir by hand until smooth.  (I used my mixer!  See below.*) Sift together the soda, salt, and flour.  Add the sifted mixture to the wet ingredients.  Beat by hand 200 strokes. SONY DSC

 

Fold in the nuts and apples. SONY DSC

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Cut strips of wax paper and line the bottom of the tube pan. a bundt pan lined with wax paper for baking a fresh apple cake.

 

Turn the cake batter into the tube pan. Filling the bundt pan with apple cake batter

A wax paper lined bundt pan filled with apple cake batter

 

Bake for one hour. A fully baked fresh apple cake with walnuts

 

Remember to take the wax paper off of the bottom of the cake when you take it from the pan. Removing wax paper from the baked apple cake.

A freshly baked apple cake sliced in half.

A slice of apple cake on a red plate.*I use my stand mixer for this recipe.  200 strokes is just about more than my arms can take with this thick and heavy batter.  But I love the recipe just as my grandmother gave it to me, so I shared it here in its original form.

Fresh Apple Cake
Full of chopped apples and walnuts, this rustic seasonal cake is perfect for breakfast or anytime!
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Cook Time
1 hr
Cook Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 3/4 C Wesson oil
  2. 2 C sugar
  3. 2 large eggs, beaten
  4. 3 tsp vanilla
  5. 3 C flour
  6. 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  7. 1 tsp salt
  8. 1 C walnuts (coarsely chopped) (Nuts are always optional if they aren’t your thing.)
  9. 3 C apples (coarsely chopped, fresh/unpeeled and uncooked) wax paper
  10. Bundt or tube pan
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine the first 4 ingredients. Stir by hand until smooth.
  3. Sift together the soda, salt, and flour. Add the sifted mixture to the wet ingredients. Beat by hand 200 strokes.
  4. Fold in the nuts and apples.
  5. Cut strips of wax paper and line the bottom of the tube pan.
  6. Turn the cake batter into the tube pan.
  7. Bake for one hour
Notes
  1. Remember to take the wax paper off of the bottom of the cake when you take it from the pan.
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