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Fierce Foodie: Easy As Apple Cake


a blogumn by Roya Hamadani
Photo Credit: Lu

Photo Credit: Lu

Cooking and baking are essentially different activities, and I willingly confess I am much better at the former than the latter.  You have a certain leeway with a stew, it’s not as if one wrong move will give it the consistency of concrete.  It’s possible my fear of baking can be traced to my mother’s horror stories.  She often tells how her first and only attempt at making bread resulted in a substance that could break molars.  Not that this bad experience has stopped her from developing her own tasty and mysteriously dense recipe for banana pineapple muffins.  It’s Sherpa food; you eat one and you’re good for a day.

My own baking has been heretofore limited to cookies and cheesecake, neither of which really takes full advantage of the autumn harvest, as I am not a fan of throwing pumpkin or apple into batter willy-nilly.  So I was excited to taste my friend’s super easy recipe for an apple cake. This is an actual apple cake that is really a cake and not a pie calling itself a cake (that’s right, Europe, I’m calling you out).  The ultimate selling point in my view is that you mix the ingredients in the same dish you bake it in – how can life get any easier? {Recipe after the jump}

“All-Together” Apple Cake courtesy of Rachel Fielder Schlosser and her mom

1 cup flour

1 cup sugar

½ tsp baking soda

1½ tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon

½ tsp salt

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

3 cups diced apples (suggestion: Golden Delicious)

¼ cup butter, melted (measure the butter then melt it)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Into a 9” square pan, sift the first 6 ingredients.  If you don’t have a flour sifter you can use a fine mesh sieve.  Break eggs into the center of the pan, add the vanilla, then beat the mixture with a fork.  Add apples and melted butter and mix thoroughly.  Then pat mixture down so it is level in the pan and then bake for 40 minutes or until golden and springy to the touch.  The sides of the cake will also pull away from the pan when it’s ready.  This is so good, I have dreams about it.  Enjoy!