I posted this recipe in answer to a message board request. It is a family favorite that I make frequently in the Fall (when the apples are in season). I only use red delicious apples because of their flavour and because they do not get "too mushy" when baked in the cake.
- 1 cup vegetable oil (not olive)
- 2 cups sugar (white, granulated)
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup sour cream
- 3 cups flour (all-purpose)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 3 cups Red Delicious apples, peeled cored and thickly sliced or cut into chunks (about 3-4 apples)
- 1⁄2 cup chopped walnuts
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 -3 tablespoons powdered sugar (optional)
- 1 -2 tablespoon milk (or enough milk to make a glaze that you can drizzle over the cake from a teaspoon) (optional)
- In a bowl, sift together the flour, salt, cinnamon, baking soda and baking powder, and set aside.
- In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar, 1/2 cup nuts and cinnamon together, and set aside (for topping).
- In a large bowl, with electric mixer, beat oil and sugar together until creamy.
- Add eggs and beat until mixture is fluffy.
- Stir in sour cream (by hand).
- Stir in flour mixture (by hand), batter will be very thick.
- Add vanilla, apples and 1 cup nuts, and blend well.
- Pour mixture into a buttered& floured bundt pan (or 9-inch tube pan).
- Sprinkle the sugar/nut topping mixture over the top of the batter.
- Bake for about 60 to 75 minutes in a preheated 350°F oven (or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean).
- Cool cake in pan, on rack for about 15 minutes.
- Remove cake from pan, and finish cooling on rack.
- In a small bowl, mix the powdered sugar together with enough milk to make a glaze that is thin enough to drizzle over the top of the cake (in thin squiggly strands).
- When cake is completely cooled, drizzle the glaze across the top.
This turned out to be one of the best fresh apple cakes I have ever made. I chunked my apples, rather than slice them, and dusted them with the flour mixture so they wouldn't all sink to the bottom of the pan. It baked up tall, and filled my bundt pan over the top. Not too sweet, very moist, and so impressive looking. I frosted it with Yummy Caramel Frosting from this website. I will definitely make this again soon.
Now this is what I call an apple cake! The batter is wrapped around tons of apple chunks. I used 3 large apples which yielded more than 3 cups of apple chunks (I recommend using chunks not slices because it makes it easier to stir). I doubled the cinnamon in the batter to increase the cinnamon flavor. At first I thought the topping was going to be inadequate but there was plenty to cover the top of the cake (tube pan). It was a little difficult to determine whether or not the cake was done because the cake was filled with so many apples. I doubled the amount of glaze to ensure I'd have enough to decorate the cake. The cake looked beautiful and tasted even better. Thanks for a great recipe! [all the people in my husbands department gave it 5 stars]
This made a beautiful, large Bundt cake. I served it to a bunch of friends and they all raved. I omitted the walnuts in the topping and just used the brown sugar and cinnamon, but other than that made the cake "by the book".