My grandma used to make a version of this for me when I was a little girl. She would make it using fresh apples from her tree in the back yard. I've adapted her recipe because I love the combination of apple, pecans, and caramel.—Emily Hobbs, Springfield, Missouri
Bring these extra-special cupcakes to your next bake sale and watch how quickly they disappear—if your family doesn't gobble them up first! Kids will go for the fun appearance and tasty toppings while adults will appreciate the moist spiced cake underneath. —Diane Halferty, Corpus Christi, Texas
I rely on applesauce to keep this crowd-pleasing cake tender and moist. The blend of nuts, cranberries and apples complements the subtle hint of wheat flour for terrific taste.—Martha Pollock, Oregonia, Ohio
With the long, cold winters we have here, this recipe has warmed many a kitchen. The cake is perfect for breakfast, mealtime dessert or evening snack. I've made it for many parties, and I've always received compliments on it.
Drizzled with warm caramel sauce, this classic and comforting, old-fashioned dessert is an heirloom recipe. “It was passed down from my Great-Aunt Syd,” writes Anne Livingston from Evanston, Illinois. “It’s so good in wintertime and no one ever guesses it’s as light as it is!”
Chopped pecans make an easy but elegant substitute in this 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
"We're not keen on desserts, but I wanted to make my husband a small cake for his birthday," says Rebecca Zeissler of Forest Park, Illinois. "So i created this recipe for the occasion, and the cake came out moist, elegant and delicious."