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Anastasia M's Apple Cake with Buttery Caramel Sauce Modified from My Grandma’s recipe

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Serves 1 cake | Prep Time 30 minutes | Cook Time 45-50 minutes

Why I Love This Recipe

This recipe is important to me because we make it every Thanksgiving and sometimes on occasion in the fall. We started making this recipe since before I was born. It means a lot to my family because they’ve been making it since my grandma was a teenager. The smell of the apple cake baking is a clue of chemical change. Another clue of chemical change is the top, sides and bottom of the cake browning when it's cooking. A physical change would be the cake steaming while it cools and the water evaporating. Another physical change would be if you were to cut the cake in half or into pieces.

Submitted by: "Anastasia M."

Ingredients You'll Need

Apple Cake:
Two cups all-purpose flour (homogeneous mixture)
One tsp. baking powder (homogeneous mixture)
One-half tsp. salt (NaCI) (pure substance)
One-half tsp. ground nutmeg (homogeneous mixture)
One-half tsp. ground cinnamon (homogeneous mixture)
One-half cup butter, softened (homogeneous mixture)
Two cups sugar (pure substance) C12H22O11
Two eggs (heterogeneous mixture)
Six cups coarsley chopped, unpeeled cooking apples (heterogeneous mixture)
One cup chopped walnuts (heterogeneous mixture)

Caramel Sauce:
One-third cup butter (homogeneous mixtures)
One-third cup sugar (pure substance) C12H22O11
One-third cup packed brown sugar (homogeneous mixture)
One-third cup whipping cream (homogeneous mixture)
One-half tsp. vanilla (homogeneous mixture)


Preheat oven 350 degrees.

Grease a 3-quart rectangular baking dish; set pan aside.

Finely dice apples so that they’re able to be mixed into batter.

In a medium bowl stir together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and baking powder; set aside

In a very large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high for 30 seconds.

Gradually add 2 cups sugar, about one-quarter cup at a time, beating on medium until well combined.

Scrape sides of bowl; beat for 2 minutes more. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add flour mixture to butter mixture, beating on low just until combined.

Fold in apples and walnuts.

This batter is thick… more like a cookie dough so make sure you spread it evenly when putting it into the pan so the edges don’t burn. Do not flatten the top, keep it bumpy.

Bake for 45-50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Cool pan on wire rack for 45 minutes.

In a small saucepan melt 1 cup of butter over medium heat and stir in ⅓ cup brown sugar and whipping cream.

Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.

Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.

Serve with caramel sauce.

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