Saturday, October 18, 2008

Happy Apple Time!


I love fall.  I love the changing weather.  I love the new menu possibilities.  We've transitioned from summer BBQ and salads to autumn roasts and root veggies.  

And Apples ... apples, apples and MORE APPLES!  We love baked apples, homemade apple sauce, apple butter, apple pies, and my personal favorite ... German Apple Cake.  

I remember our family driving up the mountains when I was a kid and coming home with boxes and boxes of apples.  We would spend the weekend peeling, coring, and slicing apples for an apple pie making and baking marathon.  The rest of the apples we would wrap in newspaper and store in the garage for the winter.  

Then my mom would always make this German Apple Cake.  Funny thing though, we're not German, so I'm not sure exactly where my mom got this recipe.  Mom?  Dad?  Any thoughts? 


Ok, let's make a cake ... first off ... peel, core and slice some apples ... 



Gather the ingredients ...



Start mixing ... I love mixing the eggs and sugar until it's all nice and frothy.  My mixer only works on high speed, so this step is really quick.  I love my mixer, it's a Braun, but I really need a new one where all 3 speeds work.



Then you mix all the other stuff in and I really meant to take photos of the entire process but I got sidetracked talking to my mother-in-law and forgot all about the photos.  So just imagine it.  And then bake it ...



Then the best part ...

FROST IT!



And the ultimate ... EAT IT!

I promise you ... this will become your favorite fall cake too!

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The Recipe:
3 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup unsweetened, natural apple sauce
2 cups sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
4 cups sliced tart apples (I use Granny Smith)

Beat eggs and oil until foamy, add applesauce and sugar and mix well.  Add vanilla.  Combine all the dry ingredients, add to liquid mixture and stir until well combined.  Fold in apples.  Spread batter in a greased 9x13 baking dish.  Bake @ 350 degrees for approximately 50 minutes.  Let cool and frost.

Frosting:
1 8-oz. package cream cheese
3 TBS butter
2 cups sifted powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

Beat all ingredients together until smooth and fluffy.

3 comments:

Cynthia said...

Yum. I am planning on making April's beirocks (is that how she spelled it?) tonight and now I know what we will have for dessert. Our apple tree is brimming with yummy apples....

Kristen said...

OK, I think I need to try that recipe. Looks really good. Did you every go up to that apple place in Three Rivers when you were a kid? I don't even know if they are still in business, but I remember getting some yummy cider up there.

Rhea said...

I don't think I've ever had German apple cake, but it sounds delicious! And I want to make April's beirochs too. So much yummy stuff in the blogosphere lately.