Bits of apple help to spice cake


January 19, 2000|By Ellen Hawks | Ellen Hawks,Sun Staff

A Harvest Cake recipe was the request of Ann M. McDonald of Baltimore, who wrote that the cake had apple slices and spices and was the favorite of her family.

Doris K. Greene of Jarrettsville responded with a recipe.

Harvest Cake

Serves 12

4 cups peeled, diced tart apples

2 cups sugar

3 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon nutmeg

2 eggs

1 cup vegetable oil

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup chopped walnuts

In a large mixing bowl, mix peeled, diced apples with the sugar. Let stand one hour.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 10-inch tube pan. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside. Beat eggs and combine with oil and vanilla. Add egg mixture to the apple mixture. Stir in the flour mixture until well blended. Stir in the walnuts. Pour into tube pan and bake for 1 hour. Test for doneness with a toothpick. Frost with confectioners' sugar icing.

Tester Laura Reiley's comments: "The apples soften to provide little sweet-sour bits in the spiced cake. I used pippin apples, although Granny Smith would work just as well. The cake is moist and especially delicious when still slightly warm, although you should cool it completely if you want to ice it."

Recipe requests

* Lois Lund of Black Hawk, S.D., remembers a favorite treat from a bakery in Rapid City, S.D. -- a sour-cream muffin with a cinnamon-sugar topping. "I have looked for years for a recipe with no success. The baker is no longer in business. Help will be appreciated," Lund says.

* K. Ammon, no given address, would appreciate a recipe called Mrs. Rumpler's Apple Torte, which she enjoyed while living in Cleveland. "In 1960 or about that time, it was either in the Family Circle magazine or in American Home magazine. It is made as a tube cake."

If you are looking for a recipe or can answer a request for a hard-to-find recipe, write to Ellen Hawks, Recipe Finder, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md. 21278. If you send in more than one recipe, please put each on a separate sheet of paper with your name, address and daytime phone number. Important: Please list the ingredients in order of use, and note the number of servings each recipe makes. Please type or print contributions. Letters may be edited for clarity.

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