My mom used to make this during the holidays. A very long time family tradition, been around for many generations. This is a very sweet, rich dessert, moist and a bit crumbly because of the chunks of apples and pecans. Not the 'normal' birthday cake-like texture. Great with a big glass of milk or hot cup of coffee. The mix ends up being very thick and a little stiff to mix, but don't worry... it is totally worth it. Warning: This apple cake is addictive! Thanks Mom, we all miss you dearly!