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Apple Cake Recipe

IOWA—"We are retired and not longer have an orchard, but we bury crisp apples each fall from a nearby fruit grower. My husband and I really enjoy them, so we always get several bushels. We each eat an apple a day in winter. "For get-togethers, I like to make apple pie, apple salad or Apple Cake (recipe below). It's a moist yummy cake with a rich sweet butter sauce." —Leona Luecking, West Burlington
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min. YIELD:9 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 medium tart apples, peeled and grated
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • BUTTER SAUCE:
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half cream

Directions

  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg; gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in apples and walnuts.
  • 2. Pour into a greased 8-in. square baking dish. Bake 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • 3. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, melt butter. Stir in sugars and cream. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve over warm cake. Yield: 9 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 slice) equals 443 calories, 21 g fat (11 g saturated fat), 71 mg cholesterol, 379 mg sodium, 61 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.