Una’s Amazing Apple Cake
Una’s amazing apple cake recipe comes from Nathan’s grandmother. This is something everyone in his family thinks of when they think of Una. My mother in-law has it printed and framed in her kitchen. Whenever I see that, I can’t help but smile. Nathan has made it before, and it is simply amazing.
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I am planning to make this for Nathan at thanksgiving this year as well. It is funny that we were talking about food for thanksgiving as we were walking through the grocery store recently. Nathan beat me to saying that we needed to make it. This was my nerd moment in the sense that I love when we come up with the exact same idea. Great minds really do think alike!
Family & Tradition
This recipe is really simple and easy. The simplicity of it is what makes it perfect. Many times simplicity equals brilliance. Not a lot of effort that goes into making this. The batter is on the thicker side. It always seems like there is something wrong with it after it is all mixed together. I was very skeptical the first time we made this, but it turned out to be perfect. Now it is a new holiday tradition for us, given that we have made it two years in a row.
Una’s apple cake is one of those things that make me think about the holidays. Because they mean family. We may not see them for all the holidays we want to, But recipes passed down help those we love live on through them. Think about your own holidays. What is your favorite thing you remember from childhood that you now make, and have passed on to your kids? That is exactly what this recipe means to my husband and his family.
Una’s Amazing Apple Cake
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable or canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 large apples (I used Granny Smith) chopped
1 teaspoon salt
⅔ cup raisins
1 teaspoon nutmeg
⅔ cup nuts (I used sliced almonds)
Beat the eggs and sugar together in a stand mixer.
Add in the oil and vanilla, mix.
In a separate bowl, sift together all of the dry ingredients and slowly add into the mixing bowl.
Add in the apples, raisins, and nuts. Mix again until combined.
This makes a very stiff or thick batter. To a normal baker, this does not seem like it is mixed together or ready to bake at all. Rest assured, that is ok. It is supposed to look like this. Believe me when I say, it totally threw me off the first time I made it too.
Bake 40-50 minutes in a 350 degree oven.
Do not spread the batter over an inch to an inch and a half thick. Because this batter rises into a cake, almost the same way that brownies do. That is what it actually looks like when it comes out of the oven.
Once it is out of the oven, let it cool so it doesn’t crumble and make a mess. Serve it with a glass of milk, a scoop of vanilla ice cream, or warm on its own. It is so amazing no matter how it is served.
We all have a certain food or recipe that makes us think of specific people. Whenever I think of this recipe, I think of Una. I also think about the family in general. In talking with a family remember right before Thanksgiving, we were sharing recipes.
Una’s apple cake was included in that, and making sure everybody had what we wanted. We are carrying on traditions from previous generations. That is their legacy that has been left behind. Food brings people together.
Have you tried Una’s Amazing Apple Cake? What is your favorite holiday tradition from your childhood that you still make today? Tell me about it in the comments! Check out my other dessert recipes!
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