It is Fall...well, not in Texas, but probably everywhere else! I was itching for a "Fall" smell in the house yesterday, even though it was in the mid 90's, I was determined to fill the kitchen with the smell of spices and apples. I was looking around on the internet and found this on Mixing Bowl and it seemed to fir the requirements of spices and apples. This cake is incredible. It would be a great brunch or breakfast cake. The kids had it for their after school snack and loved it. Brenn is not a big cooked apple fan and I was pleased he did not even notice it was apples, he had seconds! I was not sure about the 'skins on' approach in the recipe but you can't tell. This is a keeper for sure! ~Recipe~
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp. vanilla
2 large eggs
3 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 Tbl. ground cinnamon **I used a heaping Tablespoon....you know that spice requirement....***
1/2 tsp. salt
3 cups finely sliced unpeeled apples (3 med.)**I used braeburn apples and it was great**
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)**NOT for us**
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In large bowl, beat together sugars, buttermilk, oil, vanilla, and eggs until blended.
Add all remaining ingredients except apples and walnuts. Mix well until blended.
Finely slice up apples. Make sure to core them first. Leave skins on. Just make sure to wash apples first very well.
Add apples to dough and mix well. (Add nuts too if you are putting them in this)
Spread batter in a sprayed 9x13 pan.
Bake 40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pan on cooling rack for 1 hour before serving.
Powdered Sugar Icing:
3 cups powdered sugar
1-2 Tbl. butter
splash of vanilla
splash of milk
Mix well. May need to add more milk or powdered sugar until you get the right drizzle affect you want.**I drizzled the icing over the cake after it cooled and I saved some to warm and drizzle over each piece as I served it...a little more sweetness**