Apple Dapple Cake

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This Apple Dapple Cake is one of those old-fashioned, vintage recipes that everyone absolutely loves!

It’s a super moist, dense, vanilla-infused cake that is loaded up with chunks of apples and nuts throughout.

To make this easy apple cake even better – as soon as it comes out of the oven – you’ll pour a caramel-like butter and brown sugar glaze over the top. It seeps in while the Apple Dabble Cake is still warm – and it makes this heavenly cake just that much more delicious!

What is Apple Dapple Cake?
Apple Dabble Cake is an old vintage apple-nut cake recipe that has been around for decades. It seems that everyone’s grandmother had this recipe in their collection!

Some people claim that this easy, glazed apple cake is an old Amish recipe. Others say it has Southern roots – especially if you use pecans as the nuts in your cake. We’ve also seen a similar recipe – without the glaze – on a Jewish recipe blog which notes that the oil-based batter (vs lard) made this cake suitable for kosher diets.

INGREDIENTS
Shortening and flour to prepare a 9X13 pan * see note

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

½ teaspoon salt

1 ½ cups vegetable oil

1 ½ cups granulated sugar

½ cup brown sugar

3 whole eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

4 large Granny Smith apples (about 1 ¾ pound)

1 cup walnuts or pecans, coarsely chopped

Glaze

3 tablespoons butter

3 tablespoons brown sugar

3 tablespoons granulated sugar

3 tablespoons heavy cream

¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

INSTRUCTIONS
Grease and flour a 9×13-inch baking pan.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Place rack in upper third of the oven.

Sift flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a medium bowl then sift a second time.

In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, mix vegetable oil with both sugars until well mixed.

With mixer running, add one egg at a time and once mixed, add vanilla and mix and scrape the bowl.

Slowly add the dry ingredients with mixer running on low. Scrape the bowl again and mix.

Peel, core and cut the apples into bite sized pieces and fold into the batter.

Fold the walnuts into the batter then spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan.

Bake in top third of the oven for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

As soon as the cake comes out of the oven, put all glaze ingredients into a small sauce pan and bring to a boil. Boil and stir with a wooden spoon continuously for one minute.

Remove from heat and pour over the top of the warm cake.

Cool the cake or serve warm by cutting into 12 pieces (3 rows X 4 rows).

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