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I donâ€™t know about you but the Woolworthâ€™s around here used to have its own bakery. Scratch baking, old fashioned stuff like cupcakes, blueberry pie and corn muffins and brownies. The also made a diner style, lofty fudge cake that slices like a dream. It wasnâ€™t too sweet â€“ the icing was sweet enough â€“but it was so good! Woolworthâ€™s is gone from the vista but the memory of homey, commercial but tasty baking remains â€“ yours for the enjoyment in this wonderful vintage styled, but contemporary recipe I created from memory buds.
For years, my mother-in-law made a deep dish apple cake. She gave me the recipe and although I followed it to the letter, my cake, while good, never looked like hers. I finally overhauled it –and voila – I got the apple cake of my dreams. (Her original cake is in our Archives under Shirley's Apple Cake). This apple cake is bigger, a touch less sweet and fatty – but so, so good! It takes an impossibly large amount of apples –they should almost overflow the pan. It also takes ages to bake through – like, 90 minutes (but just bake it and let it brown nicely – keeping an eye on it) This is outrageous- packed with apples, old-fashioned, and easy.
Apples, batter, spice and a nice, leisurely bake, result in a fragrant, autumn, apple cake fit for Thanksgiving or every minute leading up to and after! This is one good cake. Sometimes, I fold in chocolate, cinnamon or caramel chips. Do make sure your spices are fresh, fresh, fresh – this cake relies on the best of cinnamon to really shine. A touch of orange juice and vanilla are also in the mix. The good news is that you can use melted unsalted butter or quicker yet, canola oil.You know that a tube cake pan is the round one, sort of like an angel food cake pan with the center post and some tube pans come with removable bottoms and some don’t (it doesn’t matter for this recipe). You can also use an angel food cake pan or a Bundt for this marvelous cake.
Isn't it the truth? Classic butter cakes, like this one, are always best? Tender, with a swirl of spicy streusel, this is a winner.
This was one of my specialty cakes when I was in the retail baking business.
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Moist, and slightly kissed with orange zest, this classic quick bread makes short work of your garden's zucchini overstock.