Fresh Apple Cake with My Grandma’s Butterscotch Sauce
I ran into a friend of mine on the street the other day, and he told me that he was going to make our Fresh Apple Cake for his wife’s birthday…but it was in the Condolence chapter so he didn’t…Well, I’m here to tell you (Doug) that there’s nothing sad or foreboding about this cake (our chapters are just guidelines, I promise!). And just to overcompensate, I drizzled some of my grandma’s divine butterscotch sauce over the top. This moist cake couldn’t be easier to make- just measure and stir; no mixer needed. The only task, really, is peeling and cutting the apples. This recipe serves 10 to 12, but because it is so satisfying, you can easily stretch it out to serve, at least, 18 people if you cut it into smaller squares. Let them ALL eat cake!
Fresh Apple Cake
Prep time: 20 minutes
Total time: 1 hour
Serves 10 to 12
3 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
1¼ teaspoons baking soda
½ teaspoon kosher salt
3 large eggs
2 cups sugar
1½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
2 apples, such as Granny Smith or Golden Delicious, peeled, cored, and cut into ½-inch pieces
Sweetened whipped cream, for serving (optional)
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter and flour a 9 by 13-inch baking pan, tapping out the excess flour. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.
In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, and vanilla, then mix in the butter until well combined. Gradually stir in the flour mixture until just combined (do not overmix); stir in the apples.
Scrape the batter evenly into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached, 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack. Serve with Butterscotch Sauce and whipped cream, if desired.
Grandma’s Butterscotch Sauce
Prep time: 5 minutes
Total time: 5 minutes
Makes 1 1/2 cups
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups dark brown sugar
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
pinch sea salt
Melt the butter in a medium pan over medium heat. Add the sugar, cream, vanilla, and salt and whisk until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes.