Just thinking about this cake brings a smile to my face and warm feelings to my heart. It is a family recipe- one that is so strongly associated with my childhood I will forever call it “Mom’s apple cake”.
A simple combination of a few ingredients mixed with fresh apples- this cake is anything but fussy. Peeling the apples is the most time consuming task, and within about an hour your house will smell of cinnamon, apples, and fall. The dense, moist cake sits out on the counter top, tempting you to take nibbles throughout the day whenever you walk by. In fact, this is one instance where my Mom gave up altogether on regulating dessert, and just left a table knife in the cake. We would all cut off bits for breakfast, snacks, or just because we couldn’t resist until it quickly disappeared.
Apparently I’m not alone in my fondness for mom’s apple cake. Deb of SmittenKitchen also had an apple cake baking mother. The recipes are very similar, leading me to believe that this may be a cake beloved by mothers everywhere!
Mom’s Apple Cake (Printable Recipe)
2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon mace
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups peeled, diced apples (not too small)
2 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup canola oil
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup dried fruit cut up to raisin size (optional, I used raisins)
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees with a rack in the middle.
In a large bowl, sift together the sugar, flour, cinnamon, mace, baking soda, and salt. Stir the dry ingredients until the are well combined. Next add the diced apples to the bowl and stir until the apples are coated by the dry ingredients. Add eggs, oil, vanilla, and dried fruit. Stir well until the mixture is evenly moist and all ingredients are combined. Pour the cake batter into an ungreased 9×12 pan, using a spatula to even out the surface if necessary.