Take two, they’re small.
What if I told you that you could be enjoying a warm piece of apple cake in less than an hour, right from your own oven? Would you believe me? More importantly, would you try it? I swear this cake is THAT easy. Heck, I’m willing to bet you have all the ingredients on hand too. OK maybe that’s stretching it, but then again, maybe not.
My mom has been making this cake for decades, and it’s always been a family favorite. She thinks perhaps it came from the local paper, so I did some digging. I love when there’s a story. I need to know the history. But alas, no such luck. I figure with a name like “raw apple cake” there must be a story behind it. Why call it raw? Right? After all, when baking with apples, don’t you always start with a raw one? Ah well, the cake requires such little fuss to prepare, I probably shouldn’t fuss over such details so much either.
When working with old recipes, I try to stay true to the original as much as possible. Personally, the recipe as written was a tad too sweet for me, so some adjustments were made. The recipe initially called for granulated sugar only, so I decided to go halfsies with brown. Honestly, if you wanted to cut the sugar, either by subbing in some applesauce or simply cutting back, I’m sure the cake won’t suffer. In fact, one of the things I love about this cake is that it’s so forgiving–say, for example, your oven is a little too hot, and it gets slightly over done. The apples keep it so moist, this is one cake you shouldn’t slightly undercook as it could end up soggy the next day, assuming it lasts that long.
Google revealed quite a few variations of this cake which may be worth exploring some day. For me, the beauty of the Raw Apple Cake is its simplicity, so why create more work? Although personally I prefer taking it straight, the cake could also be drizzled with a salted caramel sauce or sidled up against a scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream for a more dramatic presentation. Either way, it’s sure to please.
The apple needs to be peeled and chopped. Let’s get that out of the way first, as the rest goes pretty quickly.
Next, toss the apple with the sugars and the egg. This will get the apple’s juices flowing, which helps make the batter moist.
If you’re using nuts and/or raisins, which are totally optional, let’s toss them in now. The cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and oil should be added at this point too. Give it a good stir.
Now we can add the dry stuff. If you like to do things the “right” way, you can sift together the flour, salt & baking soda before adding. If you’re like me (ie, on the lazy side), those items go straight to the bowl, sans sifting, where you can give them a good tumble until no dry remnants remain.
This all gets spread into an 8″ pan and popped into the oven. That’s it.
Bake until golden brown. Then let it cool, if you can stand it. The house should smell heavenly at this point.
Go ahead. There’s still enough time for you to serve this tonight for dessert.
- 2 cups chopped apple (1 - 2 large apples)
- 1 egg, beaten
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- ½ cup chopped walnuts (optional)
- ½ cup raisins (optional)
- 1 cup flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp salt
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Grease and flour an 8" square baking pan.
- Combine apple, egg and sugars. Mix well.
- Stir in spices, vanilla and oil, along with raisins and nuts, if using.
- Sift together flour, salt and baking soda, then add to apple mixture. Stir until dry ingredients are completely moistened.
- Spread evenly in pan and bake 40-45 minutes until done.
Stop by next Sunday for some homemade limoncello. Enjoy!