According to my mother, I owe you all an apology. Oh wait…not all of you. Just my Jewish readers. I completely ignored The New Year.
Friends, I didn’t ignore it. I knew about it in my head. Life just got in the way of life last week. Sorry! I imagine you all survived and found plenty of things to make for holiday dinner.
We celebrated late. Over the weekend. But apparently that was ok! Hmmm, Mom?
Anyway, I made an apple cake. Because Jewish holidays embrace apples, and Fall is around the corner (unless you live in Sacramento, and then Fall isn’t anywhere around the corner), so it all made sense.
This is wonderfully light and packed with apple and cinnamon flavors. The cake itself is not terribly sweet, but the glaze is, which gives it a perfect balance.
I served it and all was forgiven.
Easy Apple Cake with Cream Cheese Vanilla Icing
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 90 minutes
• 2 cups sugar
• 3 eggs
• 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
• 1/4 cup orange juice
• 3 cups all-purpose flour
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
• 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
• 3 medium apples, peeled and shredded (about 3 cups)
• 1 cup sweetened, shredded coconut
• 1 cup chopped pecans
• 1 (8 ounce) package of cream cheese, softened
• 2 cups powdered sugar
• 1/3 cup milk
• 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Generously coat a bundt pan with nonstick spray.
In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, eggs, oil, orange juice, flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and vanilla extract; mix until thoroughly combined. Fold in the apples, coconut, and pecans.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 90 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.
Allow cake to cool and make your glaze. In a medium bowl with an electric mixer, beat together the cream cheese powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla until combined.
Turn your cake out onto a stand, plate, or serving dish and pour the glaze evenly over the top. Slice, serve, and enjoy!
Notes: I used light cream cheese and skim milk for the glaze because that’s what I had on hand, but you could use regular.
(adapted from Paula Deen)