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Grandma Rodgers Apple Cake

By  Mock Webware |   | Posted in " Apple Cake, Cherry Walnut Cake, Recipes "

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When I married John a year and a half ago, not only did I win a sweet& wonderful man, but I have gained a warm family AND the recipe to this mouthwatering apple walnut cake.

The story goes (told me by John’s mother – Anna) that way back, John’s family had apple orchards and they had to find use for all the apples that fell off the trees so they don’t go to waste, so grandma Rodgers- John’s grandmother, use to make this apple cake.

I “discovered “this cake on one of my first visits to John’s mother’s house. She made it for a family gathering, and after the first bite I immediately asked for the recipe. Joanne, John’s sister was kind enough to share it with me shortly thereafter. I’ve been making it ever since and it’s been winning endless compliments. I’ve incorporated it onto the breakfast menu of Oz Catering, and at times I bake it in a muffin or a mini muffin form.

Since it’s such a great and easy to make recipe, and since I love “Playing with food”, I’ve decided to make my own seasonal version of it and make it a Cherry chocolate & walnut cake. I’ve replaced the apples with fresh cherries. Pitting the cherries might look like a lot of work, but it took me 5 minutes and is worth the effort. I substituted the vegetable oil with walnut oil, the coffee with brandy mixed with cacao powder, and the nutmeg with cardamom. The recipes for both versions are down below, I would love to get your feedback on which one you like better after you’d tried them. I also encourage you to experiment and share your own version of any of my recipes.

Grandma’s Apple Cake

9 by 13 inches baking dish, preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a bowl mix together:

  • 3 c. flour
  • 1 tsp. soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

In mixer bowl mix:

  • 2 c. sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 c. oil
  • ¼ c. cold coffee
  • 2 tsp. vanilla

Add about 2 cups of the dry ingredients to the egg mixture.

  • 1 c. chopped nuts (I use walnuts)
  • 3 c. chopped unpeeled raw apples

Dust the apples and walnuts lightly with the rest of the flour and add to the mixer. That will prevent them from sinking to the bottom of the cake.Mix only until blend, don’t over mix. Bake for 55-60 minutes.

Cherry Walnut Cake

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9 by 13 inches baking dish, preheat oven to 350 degrees

in a bowl mix together:

  • 3 c. flour
  • 1 tsp. soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. cardamom

In mixer bowl mix:

  • 2 c. sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 c. walnut oil
  • ¼ c. brandy-heated & mixed with a hipping tsp of cacao powder, then cooled off
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • Add about 2 cups of the dry ingredients to the egg mixture.
    • 1 c. chopped nuts (I use walnuts)
    • 3 c. pitted cherries

    Dust the cherries and walnuts lightly with the rest of the flour and add to the mixer. That will prevent them from sinking to the bottom of the cake. Mix only until blend, don’t over mix. Bake for 45minutes or until a toothpick that’s inserted in the middle comes out dry.