I crave anything apple in falling-leaf season.  Must be the autumn air.  Try this fantastic apple cake.  Warning:  it is rich and dense and completely addictive.  The glaze is a vanilla caramel sauce that soaks into the warm cake, making it even more decadent.  But after all, fall must be memorable.

1 1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
3 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. salt
3 cups finely-copped tart apples [use food processor]
1 cup lightly toasted walnuts
2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup buttermilk OR condensed/evaporated milk
1 stick [1/2 cup] butter
CAKE:  Mix oil, sugar and eggs in mixer.  Add dry ingredients and beat well.  The batter will be stiff.  Add chopped apples, nuts and vanilla; mix well.  Pour into greased 9 x 13-inch cake pan.  Bake in a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes.  The cake will appear to be slightly underdone in the middle.  Remove from oven when a toothpick inserted in the center just comes out clean.
GLAZE:  Mix all glaze ingredients in a saucepan and boil for three minutes over MEDIUM heat, stirring constantly.  With toothpick or skewer, poke holes in top of cake while cake is still warm.  Pour boiling glaze over top of warm cake.  Serve with REAL whipped cream–it deserves it.
Try baking this cake in a bundt pan.  Do not remove from pan until cake has been glazed.  Let set for 15 minutes, then remove from pan. 

About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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