During the last few weeks I’ve been reminded that the Gospel is a beautiful thing. I really don’t want to preach, but I do want to be honest here and share my life with you, and that has been a huge part of it recently. I think it began with me finally admitting again, really admitting to myself, that I don’t have it all together. Not in the funny, messy room and burnt dinner sort of way, but in the being a good person way. The more I look at who Jesus is, the way he loved and lived, the more I realize how far I fall short. So far. But when I admitted that again I also saw the beauty of the Gospel again: that a perfect God came to save me because I could not save myself. As it was put in the children’s message today, Jesus and I made a trade: I gave him my stained and ratty shirt, and in return I got one washed and ironed. If you don’t believe this, I really hope I haven’t scared you away. I also hope that you’ll look into what Jesus says about himself and make up your own mind about him. As for me? I was reminded today that he is my peace and joy and righteousness, something I could never have on my own.
- 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.