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Easy Apple Cake

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Easy Apple Cake
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Apple cake dry mixes from a box are easy and convenient. But what if you could make it yourself for a lot less money? This Easy Apple Cake is one of the easiest and delicious homemade cake recipes you can find. Along with how easy this recipe is, this dry mix requires no oil. I guess you could technically call this a "low fat" cake. Now this cake stands alone beautifully without any topping. But, to take this cake to the next level, top it with the browned butter cinnamon glaze.

Cooking Time: 45 min

Ingredients
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 large granny smith apples, chopped (leave the skins on or take them off)
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Browned Butter Cinnamon Glaze:
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons to 3 of milk
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 pinch of sea salt (I like the large crystals for this.)
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and grease an 8x8-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
     
  2. In a bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, salt and nutmeg with a whisk. (This is your "box" mix. Yes, this is what you're paying the big bucks for.)
     
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the two eggs. Add this to the dry ingredients along with the chopped apples, vanilla and walnuts.
     
  4. Now stir, stir, stir. Keep stirring until all the flour/sugar mixture begins to look wet and well combined. Pour the cake batter into the prepared baking dish and bake for 45 minutes. Allow to cool on a wire rack.
     
  5. For the glaze, melt the butter in a small sauce pan (do not use nonstick, you need to be able to see the butter change color.) Cook the butter for about a minute until brown particles form on the bottom of the pan.
    This can burn quickly, so once you see the brown specks form, remove it from the heat and pour it into your mixing bowl. Add the powdered sugar and cinnamon, then beat in about 2 tablespoons of milk. Add more milk until you have reached your desired consistency.
     

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