18 November 2011

mom's apple cake with best ever sauce

image by summer harms / penpal project postcards available at the mini mart

this cake has recently reappeared in my life. thank goodness for that. it is a cinch to make and bakes a sweet little square cake. no fuss; no layers, no piping bags, no flipping cakes from pans. just beautiful simple apple cake. the moist cake practically springs onto the tines of your fork, begging you to take every last crumb. the best ever sauce will have your guests sobbing with joy. and the leftovers (if you're so lucky) taste mighty fine straight from the fridge as an apple cake morning snack, sans sauce.

Mom's Apple Cake with Best Ever Sauce
my mom says this recipe originated with her dear friend, pat wade

1 cup sugar
1/2 stick of butter
1 egg
2 cups shredded raw apples (i like honeycrisp, about two large apples will do)
1 cup flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Firstly, shred apples (skins and all) in a small bowl and set aside. In mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add egg and beat well. Add remaining ingredients, including shredded apple; mixing on low just until everything is well combined. Bake in a greased 8" square pan at 350 for 35 to 40 minutes. The edges will pull away from the pan like brownies tend to do. Allow cake to cool while making the incredibly divine best ever sauce. I prefer serving this in dainty dessert bowls, as the sauce tends to pool around the cake. Soaking in the creamy buttery goodness.

Best Ever Sauce
1 stick butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup light cream (such as half & half)
1/2 tsp. vanilla
pinch of nutmeg

In a medium saucepan, slowly heat butter, sugar, and cream over low heat. Stir for 10 - 15 minutes until well blended and thickened. The house will smell heavenly. Keep it on low; do not allow the sauce to boil. Lastly, add the vanilla and nutmeg. Spoon (generously) over pieces of apple cake. Serve warm.



jeanette from everton terrace said...

I was just thinking about what to bake tonight for friends who are coming over for cards - this sounds just about right :)

quilter5706 said...

Thanks for the recipe. I can make this on Sunday Afternoon and share with the neighborhood. Thanks so much. Sounds great.

Cami said...

I have a few apples I need to use up. So glad you posted this. Thank you!

Miranda said...

I am sitting here staring at the pile of apples that need something done with them and I am SO MAKING THIS.

Travelin'Oma said...

I can't make this because I'd have to eat the whole thing myself (which I would.) It is the best!

Hannah said...

Yum. Every recipe I've tried of yours is fabulous. Will be making this one soon.

Dansie Family said...

i absolutely love vanilla sauce. it is also the perfect companion for christmas pudding (a moist english cake with fruit, raisins and shreddedd carrot) and for cranberry cake.

Claire said...

Yes, yes! This is my kind of post! That sauce does look like it would make me sob with delight. Can't wait to try it!

Suzanne said...

Yumm! I love that you posted that, I can't believe I don't remember this cake!

{natalie} said...

This sounds delightful. I don't have any light cream but I do have light egg nog. Maybe I'll sub that. Thanks for the recipe!

Ky said...

This might be a silly question but is the 1 tsp of soda really soda or baking soda?

Sarah said...

oh marta. i just made this for my little family of 4. we are dying. this is beyond. wowzers. thanks its delicous + easy. perfect.

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