Hi there all you cake lovers– There’s nothing more homespun than this little cake. It’s the kind of cake you’d take to your grandma, if you were dropping in for a mug of tea with her– and seeing as Mothers’ Day is just around the corner, that might be a fine idea. What grandma doesn’t love cake (and you too).
CARAMEL APPLE CAKE
3 apples, peeled, cored, cut into chunks
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)**
1/2 cup caramel ice cream sauce*
In a large mixing bowl, stir together the apples, sugar, old, egg and vanilla. Then mix in the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. –plus walnuts, if you like.
Spoon the batter into a 9″ or 10″ cake pan sprayed with cooking spray. Pop it into a 350 degree oven for 45 to 50 minutes, until the cake is browned and a knife inserted comes out clean.
While the cake is still hot and in the pan, poke the top with a fork to leave small holes all around for the caramel to seep into. Pour the caramel over the hot cake and let it cool in the pan. It’ best served up with a scoop of ice cream, of course.
*You can make your own yummy caramel sauce of course, but I think Hershey’s caramel sauce is just fine.
**I always toss in extra walnuts because I love their solid crunch– unless my Laurel is coming to eat and then no walnuts! I leave them out altogether…