I have to admit, there is nothing healthy about this delicious cake but I sure love the ease at which this recipe falls together and it’s not difficult to make a healthier version, if you’re so inclined.
One can easily substitute the white flour for a mix of whole wheat or oat flour, cutting the sugar really wouldn’t be a problem for the integrity of the end product, and substituting the sugary topping for a honey glaze or adding a sprinkle of whole oats would certainly satisfy most.
I found three golden apples at the bottom of the produce drawer this morning. Usually I bake on Saturday mornings, but I was out of town yesterday reading to a group of young children, as we were promoting the importance of literacy and introducing young parents to some really great children’s books.
So… Today is my baking day. I am crafting this post as this delicious cake continues to rise and brown in the oven. The smell of the cinnamon-sugar and vanilla mixed with the golden apples is simply irresistible. After chopping the apples, I realized that I had prepared enough for two cakes so I will keep one and share one. I’m sure the lucky recipient will be happy to take one of these sweet treats off of my hands (#care-package)!
Cinnamon-Sugar Apple Cake
1½ cups brown sugar
⅓ cup oil
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
2½ cups flour
1½ cups chopped apples
½ cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon butter
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray with cooking spray, a 9X13″ baking pan. Mix batter ingredients in the order listed. In a small bowl, mix topping ingredients, cutting butter into sugar and cinnamon; set aside. Pour batter into prepared baking pan. Evenly sprinkle topping over batter. Bake for 45 minutes or until center is set.
A few quick pics of the cake baked in a slightly different pan…
To top each of these cakes, I used a combination of whole oats and a honey glaze. Cheers!