Friday, October 11, 2013

Fresh Apple Cake {Egg-free, Dairy-free}

Last weekend, we went apple picking!  It was so much fun, minus a couple of bee stings.  I think the bees wanted to keep their apples.  We picked such a nice variety of beautiful apples.  So, we are now making all things apple.  We made this apple cake and plan to make more applesauce.  My husband is requesting apple pie . . .

This cake is so moist and delicious!  When you first combine, the ingredients it doesn't look much like a cake batter.  But the electric mixer breaks down the apples some to make the perfect cake batter consistency.  It seems almost magical to me.  In these pictures, the walnuts have been omitted since I was sharing it with friends that do not care for nuts.  The cake was a big hit with everyone that tasted it.  I hope it is at your house, too!

Fresh Apple Cake with Cinnamon Glaze

2 c flour
1 c sugar
2 t baking soda
1 t salt
1 t cinnamon
5 c apples, peeled and chopped (about 4 large)
½ c vegetable oil
¼ c honey
1 t vanilla
1 c chopped walnuts (optional)

For the Glaze:
1 ½ c powdered sugar
½ t cinnamon
½ t vanilla
3-4 T milk or water
½ c chopped walnuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350° and coat a bundt pan with cooking spray.  Set aside.  Combine all cake ingredients in a mixing bowl, except for walnuts.  With an electric mixer, beat on medium speed for 3 minutes.  Stir in walnuts.  Pour into prepared bundt pan.  Bake for about 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center of the cake comes out clean.  Cool in pan for 30 minutes.  Invert onto a serving platter and cool completely.  Combine all ingredients for the glaze, except for walnuts.  Blend until smooth.  Spoon glaze over cooled cake and sprinkle with walnuts. 

Update (10/24/15):
I make this every September with in season apples.  It is SO good!  I really love this cake.  I have made it for other people and they love it, too.  No one even suspects that it is egg-free and dairy-free!  Here is this year's cake fresh out of the oven.  You could even omit the icing and just sprinkle some powdered sugar over the top when cooled.

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