16-45: Colonial Apple Cake

Looking for a way to use up some apples? 🍏 🍎 16-45: Colonial Apple Cake is an easy way to do that with some very classic-looking results. This even looks like something American colonists would have eaten (take it from a former U.S. history teacher).

16-45 Colonial Apple Cake

I made this to take to a get-together, but it’d even be nice as a simple birthday cake or for a dinner party.


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This cake FINALLY got me to go and buy a 2nd 9-inch round cake pan (I’ve been holding out for over a decade, modifying recipes whenever confronted with the problem). Now I can finally make a proper layered round cake!


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Ingredients. The apples were Braeburn I believe, and chopped up in advance as part of the mise en place for this recipe.


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Pans (new and old) are greased and floured.


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Most cakes, cookies, etc., start with creaming the butter and sugar and often adding in the eggs after (if used).


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This technique gives your baked goods a lighter, airier texture.


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Adding the dry ingredients to the creamed butter/sugar/egg mixture. Here’s where you want to switch from your whisk attachment to your paddle attachment, if using a stand mixer. Otherwise, your whisk will just get all gunked up with the flour.


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A familiar picture from my Instagram a few weeks ago–here’s adding in the good stuff.


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Filling my TWO cake pans. You’ll have to forgive me–I’m still getting used to being a person who owns more than one cake pan. I have dozens of wooden spoons, measuring cups–but held out on the cake pan.


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Whipping up my cream (switch back to the whisk when you reset/clean the mixer).


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Here’s one of the layers–it came out great! The other, however…


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…this one was less than great. This was the OLD pan, so maybe I should have gotten two new pans? Oh well, this is a frosted layer cake–this ugly part will be easy enough to hide under layers of whipped cream.


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Still doesn’t look that great–the outside covering will hopefully fix that.


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Toasted up the whole pecans.


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Chopped up all but a dozen or so to cover the sides.


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Whole v. chopped.


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Final picture. The last three pictures (as well as most of the decoration) were done by my husband–he stepped in to finish for me while I was busy with something else. He did a great job decorating it, and the recipients at the get-together loved it.

Grade: B+


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