This week my spam folder brought me Washington Apple Cake.  I felt that while this isn’t chocolate, it’s a pretty good alternative, considering how delicious it turned out to be.

Washington Apple Cake

  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 4 cups thinly sliced apples
  • Topping:
  • 2 (4 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9x13 inch pan. Spread apples evenly over the bottom of the pan.

Beat eggs with mixer until thick and light. Combine sugar and oil and add to eggs. Stir together flour, cinnamon, soda and salt. Add to egg mixture and beat in. stir in nuts and vanilla. Batter will be very thick. Spread batter over apples in the pan. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and cool. Spread with Cream Cheese Icing.

Topping: To make Cream Cheese Icing: Beat cream cheese until fluffy. Beat in 1/4 cup melted butter, then beat in confectioners sugar and lemon juice. Spread over cooled cake. Refrigerate.

I was going to take pictures of the process, but I got so involved with it I forgot!  I used Gala apples for the recipe and did I mention the whole thing was delicious?

This is what it looked like when it came out of the oven:

Naked Apple Cake

Naked Apple Cake

I call it naked because as you can see, no icing!

The icing was interesting because I’ve never used lemon juice in cream cheese frosting before.  Fred wanted me to skip it because one of his favorite things o this earth is cream cheese frosting (he’d be happy if I gave him a bowl of it and a pile of cookies) but I said, no, I’m following the recipe.

Cream Cheese Frosting

Cream Cheese Frosting

And I am so glad I did.  The slight sourness of the icing and the sweetness of the apples combined into one awesome glorious cake.

Washington Apple Cake

Washington Apple Cake

It was even better for breakfast!

Until next time, toodles!