3. Desserts

Marian Essner’s German Apple Cake

It’s November and the apples are  so crisp and wonderful this year in the Heartland!  This recipe is from my aunt, and I’m sure it will become an autumn favorite for you, too!

5 apples

5 Tablespoons sugar

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

3 cups unsifted flour

2 1/2 cups sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

4 eggs

1 cup vegetable oil

2 teaspoons vanilla

1/3 cup orange juice

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

 Grease and flour a 10” tube or bundt pan.  Preheat oven to 350°.  Peel, core, and thinly slice apples.  Toss apple slices in bowl with 5 Tablespoons sugar and 2 teaspoons cinnamon; set aside.  In large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, salt, eggs, oil, vanilla, orange juice, baking soda, and baking powder.  With electric mixer, blend together on low speed for 1 minute.  Clean side of bowl with rubber spatula.  Increase speed to medium and blend for 3 minutes.  You will have a very thick dough.  Fill prepared pan with a total of 3 batter layers and 2 apple layers.  Start and finish with batter.  Bake for 1 1/2 hours.  Glaze with the following:

 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

2 Tablespoons soft butter

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

1—2 Tablespoons water


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