Cakes and Picnics

by Bailey

Good news: I have another recipe to share with you!  It is for an apple cake that I made yesterday, despite the warm weather.  Edinburgh has been going through a heat wave recently, meaning it feels much more like a San Luis Obispo fall than a Scottish one.  When the weather is good here, people flock to the Meadows, bringing bbqs, tightropes, “footballs”, and picnic blankets. We decided we had to join in, so Gwen, Moira, and I, along with some friends from church, ate dinner outside last night.  As soon as we decided to to do this I knew I had found the perfect excuse to make this cake I had seen online.  What better way to make a picnic in October seem a little more season-appropriate?  The cake is delicious – it’s dense and moist and the brown sugar glaze is amazing.  The recipe is below, or you can follow this link.

(As you probably noticed, the picture is not from the picnic…I might have had more than one slice)

Fresh Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze adapted from Southern Cakes

Apple Cake:

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups finely chopped apples
  • 1/2 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped (optional)

Brown Sugar Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 Tablespoon heavy cream

For the cake: Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8-inch pan (round or square) and set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.Stir with a whisk to mix everything together.

In a large bowl, mix the eggs with a hand mixer til light in color and foamy. Add the oil and vanilla and beat well.

Stir in the flour mixture with a spoon and continue stirring the batter til the flour disappears. Add the apples and nuts (if using) and stir to mix them into the batter.

Scrape batter into prepared pan and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Place the hot cake on a wire cake. While it’s still hot, prepare the glaze.

For the glaze: Combine all the ingredients into a saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, until the mixture comes to a gentle boil. Cook for 3-5 minutes.

Spoon the hot glaze over the still hot-from-the-oven cake. Let the glazed cake cool completely before serving straight from the pan.