My friend Matt and I met for a rainy day cup of coffee and were enticed by some delicious-looking apple cake with cream cheese frosting. It was the best I’ve ever had, and I trust that Smitten Kitchen can help me recreate it. Powdered sugar is a nice addition on top, but the apple cake + cream cheese frosting combination was perfect, so I’ve included a frosting recipe here. Enjoy, apple lovers. This would be a good thing to bring to a Thanksgiving potluck if you’re in charge of dessert and don’t want to bring yet another pie. xo, m
6 apples, McIntosh apples recommended (these are good for pies and the like)
1 tablespoon cinnamon
5 tablespoons sugar
2 3/4 cups flour, sifted
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups sugar
1/4 cup orange juice
2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a tube pan (if you don’t have one, any baking pan will do, but you may need to adjust the oven temp). Peel, core and chop apples into chunks. Toss with cinnamon and sugar and set aside.
Stir together flour, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together oil, orange juice, sugar and vanilla. Mix wet ingredients into the dry ones, then add eggs, one at a time. Scrape down the bowl to ensure all ingredients are incorporated.
Pour half of batter into prepared pan. Spread half of apples over it. Pour the remaining batter over the apples and arrange the remaining apples on top. Bake for about 1 1/2 hours, or until a tester comes out clean.
When the cake is cooled, cover liberally with the frosting (recipe below), and share with good friends.
Cream Cheese Frosting
4 ounces unsalted butter, softened
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a large bowl, beat together the butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer. With the mixer on low speed, add the powdered sugar a cup at a time until smooth and creamy. Beat in the vanilla extract.