HA. A dessert without chocolate. Sometimes I switch things up. Keep you guessing.
Kelly bought Red Delicious apples at the grocery store last week because they’re the cheapest. Then she ate one and realized they suck, and told me I could have them to bake with.
I was shocked that she didn’t remember all those times we’d go to Beak and Skiff when we were younger to go apple picking and my mom would call ahead to make sure they were NOT picking Red Delicious. Empire or Cortland, if you please. Macintosh if we were really just aching for a tractor ride and to feed the donkeys.
There are tons of recipes for apple cake, but I had a specific one in mind. So I called home and asked my dad to sift through our massive and unorganized recipe box for “a little card.. not an index card.. I think it has blue checks.. it’s written in one of your sisters’ handwriting.. I think Aunt Chrissie, but could be Aunt Betsy..”
He eventually found it, and as he was reading the ingredients, he stopped to laugh because “cinnamon” was spelled “cinnamin.” We immediately started speculating which aunt it was that wrote it- he made a guess, and I had to ask whether it was based on his professional handwriting analysis, or which of his four sisters was most likely to have spelled something wrong. It was definitely a spelling test.
We chit chatted for a while and then he said he would let me go so that I could make the cake.
Really, Dad? I was multi-tasking. It’s already in the oven.
That’s why I don’t have any preparation pictures. Sorry. But look how nice it turned out!
2 cups sugar
1 cup oil
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp baking soda
3 cups flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
4 cups apple chunks
Mix the oil, eggs, and vanilla. Add sugar, then dry ingredients. It will be more like dough than batter. Add your apple chunks- I mixed it with my hands until they were evenly distributed- then press into a baking dish.
Bake at 350 for 45 minutes to an hour.
It should go without saying that I cut this in half. That yielded 6 pieces, by my standards. None of that 2 x 2 inch nonsense. I ate two of them.
I will totally be super sleuthing at Thanksgiving this year to see which aunt shows up with this cake.
5th grade spelling bee champ