In addition to snacking on apples, I also like to use apples as the base for a number of dishes including cakes. Now, I will admit, I am not a great baker. In fact, any time I see the words "level with a knife" for measuring flour, I get the shakes. So, a few years ago I found this recipe for an Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Honey Apple Cake in Cooking Light magazine and it was super easy to make so now I make it all the time. I thought I would share it with you so you can enjoy some apple cake and celebrate Fall! PS. I modified it to include real apple chunks....
- 1 cup quick-cooking oats
- 1 cup hot water
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (about 6 3/4 ounces)
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/3 cups packed light brown sugar
- 1 apple
- 3/4 cup chunky applesauce
- 1/3 cup honey
- 2 large eggs
- Cooking spray
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/2 cup coarsely chopped almonds, toasted
1. Preheat oven to 350°.
2. Combine oats and 1 cup hot water in a small bowl; set aside (BOWL 1).
3. Peel, core and dice apple into 1/2 inch pieces.
4. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, baking soda, and salt (BOWL 2).
5. Combine 1 1/3 cups sugar, apple pieces, applesauce, 1/3 cup honey, and eggs in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed 1 minute (BOWL 3).
|Three bowls come together in one great cake!|
6. Add oat mixture to the sugar mixture (BOWL 3); beat at low speed until well blended. Add half of flour mixture to sugar mixture; beat well. Add remaining flour mixture; beat well.
7. Spoon batter into an 11 x 7–inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 48 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Place dish on a wire rack.
|Throw me in the oven...|
9. Preheat broiler.
10. Broil cake 1 minute or until frosting is bubbly and golden. Cool completely on a wire rack. Serve with whipped topping; sprinkle with ground cinnamon, if desired.
|The frosting really makes the cake (and I didn't have almonds)|