Wednesday, January 1, 2014

One Bowl Apple Cake

Welcome 2014 and welcome back to my baking mojo!   Did you all have a nice new year celebration?  My perfect celebration is just staying home and having good food and watching some good TV with the hubby.  I'm a huge Walking Dead fan so my TV has been on overtime!  I started watching yesterday morning and caught it when I could throughout the day and switched back and forth last night between commercials to Time Square. I didn't want to miss the ball drop!  My youngest son who is now 14 and has his first "girlfriend" went to a party at her dads house.  So I was up till about 1:30 when the dad brought him home. I am  not ready for all this dating thing all over again.  My older boys were not that big into the dating scene and at 14 my son is quite young for all this.  But I don't see any harm as long as they are supervised when they are together.  We'll see how it goes.  Yes, I keep telling myself this as I think in my head "please don't let his heart get broken so young." Ugh...raising kids is never easy and you never know if you are doing the right thing or not until later on.  Just have to go with my gut instinct.  My instinct is usually correct, if I listen to it and not ignore it.
Well, this is the first post of the new year and since baking is my passion, how appropriate for it to be an apple cake.  I had seen this a few weeks back on Facebook and it looked delicious and simple.  Well, the final product does not look like the cake posted on Facebook.  In fact, I was downright pissed off when I saw how dark this cake looked and it didn't taste any better than it first.  It was dark and hard.  Great...I thought to myself. Another failure. I was going to toss the whole thing in the trash but I thought I would let my husband try it first.  The next day I told  my husband I wasn't happy with this cake at all. He said he didn't understand why since he thought it was delicious.  I looked at him like he had  2 heads.  Really?  Yes, really....Okay, I just dug my fork right in the cake and tasted another bite.  Wow!!!  It was really good and nothing like the night before.  Overnight, it transformed into a delicious soft and moist cake!!!!  I don't know how, but it did. I would not post this if it were not delicious. Plus it's one bowl simple!!!!  Definitely add some whipped cream on top for some added goodness!!!

One Bowl Apple Cake

2 large eggs
1 3/4 cups sugar
2 heaping teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 cup oil
5 or 6 medium apples (I used Delicious)
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  In a large bowl mix eggs, sugar, cinnamon and oil.  Peel and slice apples and add to mixture and coat so as not to turn brown.  Mix together the baking soda and flour and add to the ingredients in the bowl.  Mix well - this really works good with a fork - until all of the flour is absorbed by the wet ingredients.  Pour mixture into a greased 9 x 13 inch baking pan or two 9 inch round pans.  I used the 9 x 13 inch pan.  If you use the 9 inch round pans just remember this does not come out easily (if at all).  You may have to just slice in the pan.  Bake for approximately 55 minutes.  Check regularly....mine was done a little earlier.  Top with fresh whipped cream, if desired.


Catherine said...

Dear Debbie, I like to spend New Years at home too, in fact I like to spend all my holidays at home. lol
I watched an Elvis movie in TCM. My kids and I watched the ball drop in Times Square and watched some Honeymooner's. They were great.
I know what you mean about listening to your gut and trying not to ignore it.
I am glad the cake transformed into delicious!
That is something when that happens. Sometimes it just needs to rest and have all the flavors come together.
I hope you have a very Happy and very Blessed New Year.
Catherine xo

Joanne said...

I love it when cake surprises me!! This sounds great. And your son sounds adorable! Hope he had fun at his par-tay!

Jersey Girl Cooks said...

One bowl cakes are the best. We had a fun New years eve with about 35 people over. There were 5 teenagers including my daughter and I am glad they had fun and I could Cute that your 14 year old son has a girlfriend :)