…And I say that because the phrase “piece of cake”, is absolute BS. Or maybe I’m just baking-stupid, but I do have a few things I bake well. I think it’s because, unlike other forms of cooking, baking requires pretty precise measurements (like…you have to dirty spoons and stuff). And I am too lazy for that ish, tbh. But every once in a while (like when I start a new blog, apparently), I get the urge to bake. One of the easiest recipes I know that does not come from a box, I got from Bunny’s Warm Oven. My feelings on the name of the site aside, this cake is DOPE.
A little over 2 years ago now, my grandpa passed away very suddenly. It was shocking, but not surprising. He’d had a quintuple bypass some years before, and once I saw him melt an entire stick of butter over the top of an apple pie. He ate well, but not healthy. You can actually still read the rather fascinating story of his life on the funeral home website here.
Now, my Papa Bill did not leave a will, he told my two aunts and my dad that they had to make lists of what they wanted when he passed, and then if anyone put the same thing on their lists, they had to sort it out between themselves. Well, after his passing, my whole family came together, including my sister from all the way in Baltimore (Hey Sis!), to clean out the house and divvy up anything we wanted.
My papa was a baker, as well as an excellent cook, and had purchased this mixer for his wife some years before. She had also passed away, so it was at his house when we began the Great Cleanup of 2014. Since it was still sitting in the kitchen, I asked my aunts if anyone had claimed it yet.
They looked at me.
And back at each other.
And burst out laughing.
Both of them had put the mixer on their ‘lists’, and didn’t want to fight over it. So essentially, I solved a problem for them. They gave it to me gladly, because I’d probably use it more than they would.
So I took home a KitchenAid Mixer and a Kirby vacuum that’s like 25 years old and heavy enough to kill a man. Both of them will likely run forever.
Now, on those odd occasions I get the baking urge, I don’t have to mix by hand forever. Yay for conveniences!
Back to this apple cake though. The first step is to turn on the oven (mine takes forever to kick on so I have like 20 minutes till it gets warm anyway), and grease and flour a 9″ x 13″ cake pan. Now, once again, we come to those little conveniences.
This stuff saves all the trouble of greasing and flouring. It’s magical. See? It even says ‘happy BAKING’ so you remember what it’s for.
Now, rather than making one of those blog posts where you have to scroll forever, I’m gonna post all the photos of the cake process in one nice neat little collage, because I can.
This cake is hella easy, there are only 8 ingredients. But you do have to peel and chop apples. I am okay with this because I get to munch on apple bits. I used Galas I got on sale at Aldi.
It has to bake for about an hour, so you can do what I’m doing now, and Facebook/blog while you wait. I’m great at multi-tasking that way.Whoops! Timer! Brb.
I always just use a butter knife or toothpick to test if my baked goods are done in the middle, and this one happened to be perfect at just 55 minutes. Which is how long it’s taken me to write this much.
So toasty. So golden. Now, there is a caramel-y sauce that goes on top, but the thing has to “cool completely” -insert sunglasses emoji here-. So I GUESS I could go do some of the pile of dishes in my sink. I hate washing dishes. And we have no dishwasher -sigh-
And we’re back! The topping for this is super easy, you just have to stir till everything is melted and then don’t stir while it boils for three minutes….ish. Ish is a technical term meaning ‘more or less’.
And in the process of getting my previously-frozen butter to melt, I decided to try and break it up with my spoon, which resulted in it going on the stove, on my boob, and on my floor.
But finally, we have the finished product! This recipe is not Jules-ified as I am copying it straight from the blog where I got it. Bon appetit!
Mom’s Best Apple Cake
From Anne Marie Hurley, Livonia, Michigan
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 2 cups sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 ½ tsp. vanilla
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 3 cups apples, peeled and diced
- (If you would prefer to add cinnamon to the cake, add 1 tsp)
- ½ cup butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9 x 13 baking dish.
Cake: In a large mixing bowl, beat together the oil, sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Add the flour, salt, and baking soda. Beat together until well-incorporated. Stir in the apples.
Pour the cake batter into the prepared baking dish. Bake for 55 – 60 minutes. Cool completely before adding the topping.
Topping: In a saucepan, combine the butter, brown sugar, and milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture boils. Boil without stirring for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and immediately spread over the top of the cooled cake. Let sit for an hour prior to serving.