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Autumn Apple Cake

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro
Yield 8 servings (serving size: 1 wedge)
Apples were a popular crop at Shaker communities in New England, and residents used them in pies and cakes like this one. Use a sweet, crisp apple such as Pink Lady, Braeburn, or Sundowner in this recipe.

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 6.75 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 5 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup 2% reduced-fat milk
  • 1 cup finely chopped peeled Pink Lady apple (about 1 medium)
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon powdered sugar

Nutrition Information

  • calories 304
  • caloriesfromfat 31 %
  • fat 10.6 g
  • satfat 5.1 g
  • monofat 2.5 g
  • polyfat 2.2 g
  • protein 4.8 g
  • carbohydrate 48.9 g
  • fiber 1.7 g
  • cholesterol 42 mg
  • iron 1.7 mg
  • sodium 263 mg
  • calcium 106 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.

  2. Coat a 9-inch round cake pan with cooking spray, and dust with 1 tablespoon flour.

  3. Weigh or lightly spoon 75 ounces flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine 75 ounces flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Place granulated sugar and butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer until well blended. Beat in vanilla and egg. Beat in flour mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Fold in apple, raisins, and walnuts. Scrape batter into prepared pan. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack. Remove from pan; cool completely on wire rack. Sift powdered sugar over cake. Cut into wedges.