Apple cake with apple cider glaze brings the taste of fall apples to a deliciously moist cake!
I realized a few weeks ago that I hardly have any cooked apple recipes on my site. Yet, I always have apples in the house. I eat one every day for lunch. I make a lot of salads with apples.
Pumpkin usually hogs and overshadows apples when fall rolls around. I guess I don’t begrudge Pumpkin. After all, she can really only shine in October and November. But by the time December arrives, poor Pumpkin is a bit of a has-been.
Apple after all, is the All-American Girl. Apple pie, apple juice, apple fritters – none of those really necessarily scream fall. Yet, call that apple juice, apple cider, and all of a sudden it’s an Autumn beverage.
For this Double Apple Cake, I used fresh apples and applesauce. I used the applesauce to replace some of the cooking oil, giving the cake extra flavor and moistness. The cranberries definitely give it that holiday feel, but any other time of the year, you could substitute raisins. This batch I made with regular flour, but I’ve made it before with this Gluten-Free Flour Mix, with perfectly fine results.
I think the apple cake is best served warm, with a cup of tea (or coffee) on a cool Autumn afternoon.
- 3 cups all-purpose unbleached flour or gluten-free flour blend
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- pinch cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 cup oil (I use coconut oil)
- 3/4 cup applesauce
- 3 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 cups diced apples about 2 (I used Braeburn, but you could also use Granny Smith)
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 Tablespoons apple cider or apple juice more if necessary
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 10" Bundt pan or tube pan.
Mix dry ingredients in a bowl.
In a mixing bowl on low, beat eggs, oil and applesauce and vanilla until blended.
Slowly add dry ingredients, mixing just until blended.
Fold in apples, cranberries and walnuts. Pour into prepared pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for one hour and 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean and cake is golden brown.
Cool before removing from pan.
To make Cider Glaze, mix powdered sugar, cinnamon and cider together. Drizzle over warm cake
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