Monday, February 1, 2010

caramel glazed apple cake

Another great cake!
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
3 eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teas. baking soda
2 teas. cinnamon
1/2 teas. nutmeg
1/2 teas. salt
5 apples, cored, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch chunks
1 1/4 cups chopped pecans or walnuts
2 1/4 teas. vanilla extract
caramel sauce:
4 Tbs. butter
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
pinch of salt
1/2 cup heavy cream
*or you can do what I did and just use the caramel ice cream sauce
1. preheat oven to 325. Butter and flour (or spray with cooking spray) a 9x13 inch pan.
2. To prepare cake, beat both sugars and oil in a mixing bowl until well blended. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Sift together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Gradually add to the egg mixture, mixing just until blended. Stir in apples, pecans and vanilla; pour into pan.
3. Bake for 50-75 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool in the pan while preparing the sauce.
4. To prepare the sauce, melt butter in a saucepan over low heat. Stir in both sugars and salt; cook over medium-low heat for 2 minutes. Add cream and boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
5. Poke holes in the cake with a fork. Pour on the sauce. Serve warm or at room temperature. Top with whipped cream or ice cream if desired. Makes 12 servings.
And it's healthy....right?
I mean, look at all those apples!

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