Words and Photos by Rebecca Lee
Let’s Bake an Apple CAKE!
You have probably had apple pie with vanilla ice cream before, but have you tried apple ~cake~ with vanilla ice cream? This recipe is a personal favorite and a childhood throwback for me, since my mom would always make this at home. I may very well be biased, but I do think it’s just as yummy and a great dessert even if you’re not a big fan of pies.
P.S. I may or may not have requested this as my birthday cake back in 4th grade ;)
- 2 mixing bowls
- 1 cake pan (shallow ones work best)
- Mixer or egg beater
- 3 granny smith apples, peeled and diced
- 1.5 cups of plain flour
- 1.5 cups of whole wheat flour
- ~2 cups of brown sugar
- ~1 cup of extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp of baking soda
- 1 tsp of ground cinnamon
- A pinch of salt
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup of chopped walnuts, if desired
- Vanilla ice cream
Pre-heat the oven to 325˚F.
Combine extra virgin olive oil, brown sugar and eggs in a large mixing bowl. Beat with mixer until smooth and all brown sugar is fully dissolved.
In a separate mixing bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon powder, salt.
Fold flour mixture into wet mixture from step 1 with a spatula and add in vanilla extract.
Mix in apples and walnut.
Line cake pan with extra virgin olive oil and spread batter into pan.
Bake at 325˚F for 40-45 minutes and let sit to cool before digging in!
Enjoy with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!
This recipe is pretty flexible if you feel like altering it to your taste! For instance, I was running low on eggs so I used 2 eggs and around ¼ cup of almond milk instead. The batter was definitely thicker but the cake turned out just right, not too moist or dense. I also didn’t add in walnuts, but put in as much to your liking if you’re feeling the crunch. Depending on your preference, you can add in a little less olive oil and sugar and still get the same texture and consistency. What I love most about this recipe is how well the slight sourness from the granny smith apple chunks complement the rest of the batter making it a great dessert for someone looking for something natural and not as sweet. Happy Baking!