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Apple Almond Cake

When Friday, December 22nd hit last week, I let out one great big sigh of relief. I had made it.

This year has felt like an exceptionally rough one, adhering to the demands of work and school, trompsing around the country in support of the Weelicious book, and keeping up with everyone's busy schedules. However, for the first time in 13 years our family is not getting on a plane during the holidays and, for better or worse, it feels like this year's break will feature just a bit more of that all too rare freedom I vaguely remember having before I had kids.

The week between Christmas and New Year's is my favorite time of year. Everything moves a bit slower and there seems to be more hours in the day to relax and actually enjoy making meals. Instead of chopping and stirring as fast as possible to get a meal done as I normally do, I try to be mindful and appreciate all the many pleasures of cooking.

This past Sunday I bought a variety of apples at the farmers' market to bake a simple apple cake. Nothing fancy, just a heartwarming cake to make the house smell of fragrant apples, spicy cinnamon and toasty almonds. It's a treat everyone can enjoy during this peaceful time of year when we can all reflect on those things we are thankful for and take advantage of the fact that, at least for one week, things finally move...just...a bit...slower.

Happy Holidays!

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Apple Almond Cake (serves 8-10)

Prep Time: 15 mins Cook Time: 45 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 medium Gala, Pink Lady or Fuji apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons Cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1 tablespoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup Unsalted Butter, softened
  • 1 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup Milk*
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Toss the sliced apples with the 2 teaspoons cinnamon and set aside.
2. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.
3. In a separate bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
4. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Gradually add in half the flour, then the milk, then the remaining flour.
5. Butter and flour a springform pan. Pour half the batter in the prepared pan, layer all the apples evenly over the batter, and top with the remaining batter.
6. In a small bowl, combine the slivered almonds and the remaining ground cinnamon. Sprinkle this mixture over the top of the cake.
7. Bake for 35-45 minutes, or until the cake is golden and a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean.
8. Serve.
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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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24 comments

  • Charise

    These look great! Think they could be made into muffins?

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  • Deborah

    Can we substitute oil for butter and almond milk or orange juice for milk?

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    • Catherine

      Yes, you can substitute oil and you can use any type of milk you prefer!

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  • Melissa

    I don't have a springform pan. Can I use a 9 x 13 pan instead? Thanks for your help! Can't wait to try this new recipe!

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    • Catherine

      You can, just grease it well!

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  • Anita

    Can you use whole wheat flour and make it as a bundt??

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    • Catherine

      I tried this with both types of flour and it came out lighter and fluffier with the all-purpose! That being said, yes you can use whole wheat, it will just be a different end result. I think it would work in a bundt pan!

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  • Lrdander

    Any suggestions on egg substitutes for this?

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    • Catherine

      I haven't tested it with a substitution, but I think the flax and water mixture might be the best substitution in this case!

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    this recipe is great! I wanted to make a cake for my boyfriend's b-day, but I didn't have much time. I googled simple apple cake, and this came up so I tried it! it was so simple and deeeelicious! I will probably use a bit less butter next time, because it was a bit greasy.

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  • Tracy

    This was a hit at our Rosh Hashana potluck tonight. Thank you for the always reliable recipes!

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    • McCord

      SO happy to hear that!

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