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Apple Fritter Cake

I was experimenting with a beer bread to make it into a dessert and came up with this delectable apple fritter cake. —Ann Marie Eberhart, Gig Harbor, Washington
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    12 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 medium apples, peeled and chopped (about 2 cups)
  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) beer or unsweetened apple juice, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • ICING:
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 to 5 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Line an 8-in. square baking pan with parchment, letting ends extend up sides.
  • Whisk together the first 5 ingredients. Add apples and beer; mix just until blended (do not overmix; batter will be thick). Transfer to prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 40-45 minutes.
  • Lifting with parchment, immediately remove cake from pan. Brush all sides with melted butter. Cool. Meanwhile, combine all icing ingredients. Spread or drizzle over cooled cake.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 261 calories, 4g fat (3g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 350mg sodium, 52g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • Valeria
    Oct 25, 2020

    The recipe sounded interesting and easy to put together. So when I ended up with apples that needed to be eaten, I bought a bottle of beer (which the grocery store did not want to sell me--apparently most people buy 6 at a time?) and gave it a try. The first red flag occurred when I could barely stir the mixture. "Hmm. Needs more liquid. Maybe the apples yield juice?" I pondered. I should have followed my instincts and added some water, at least enough to incorporate all the flour into the mixture. The batter did not rise at all. It was 1" thick in the 8" pan when I smoothed it out and 1" thick 45 minutes later when it came out of the oven. The finished cake was quite dense, especially compared to the photo that comes with the cake. It tastes fine, it just has a dense texture. If I were to try it again, I'd use 1/2-1 cup less flour. And maybe add some nutmeg and cloves.

  • PageRD
    Nov 15, 2018

    This is a dense cake but moist. I used apple juice instead of beer. I found the cinnamon overwhelming. I would have liked to have seen a mix of spices to give it more depth. Don't skip the butter step as it is important for the cake's texture. The rest of my household loved it but it wasn't to my taste.

  • knottme6
    Feb 7, 2018

    Tastes just like apple fritters! I used apple juice instead of beer. Delicious!

  • Melissa
    Jan 30, 2018

    As a rule, I generally wait for a recipe to be reviewed before I make it. Unfortunately, I did not follow my own rule this time. I followed this recipe to a T and was disappointed with the final result. Extremely dense and not flavorful in any way. It seemed toe that the fourth of a cup of sugar was too little and I was correct. This has no sweetness to it, save the icing drizzle. I used room temp MGD, so maybe that was the problem? Anyway, maybe I will tweak it and/or come back to see how others tweak it but, as written, we did not care for this.