Aunt Cyndi’s Fresh Apple Cake

by Suzanne on October 12, 2012

in Sweet Things

I love getting old recipes from family members like this one. My husband’s aunt and uncle came to visit from Arizona and it happened to be his uncle’s birthday while they were here. His sweet wife Cyndi brought with her most of the ingredients for her husbands favorite cake that she always makes for his birthday so she could make it form him. We celebrated by going to dinner and then after we had this fabulous cake. I was intrigued to have lemon sauce with apple cake and then Cyndi said they like to eat lime sherbet with it too sometimes, huh? I thought the lemon sauce was crazy but the lime sherbet was just a little too eccentric for me. Cyndi was right about how good the lemon sauce went with the cake, although I am a lemon fan. She had to buy some sherbet too just so we could taste it with the cake, well I thought the sherbet was little over the top, vanilla would go better in my opinion, sorry Cyndi :). After eating two pieces of the birthday cake I wanted to have the recipe. Aunt Cyndi was glad to share her recipe that she told me she got when they first got married, some 40 years ago. I made the cake and it was just as good as hers, no disappointment here. I only made a few minor adjustments to her recipe that I think turned out just fine and I don’t think she would have noticed. Thanks Aunt Cyndi for sharing this wonderful recipe with me and letting me share it with everyone!

Aunt Cyndi’s Fresh Apple Cake

4 cups chopped red delicious apples( I used honey crisp apples)
2 cups sugar
2 cup sifted all purpose flour
1 cup wheat flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon (I used 1 tsp.)
1 cup oil
2 eggs beaten
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup nuts

Step 1: Mix apples and sugar together and let sit for 1 hour.
Step 2: Sift together dry ingredients.
Step 3: Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix well.  Add 1 cup of nuts chopped or save them for sprinkling on top when serving.
Step 4: Bake in a tube pan or 2 loaf pans at 325 degrees F. for 30-45 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.

Lemon Sauce
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup water
2 egg yolks
1/4 tsp. grated lemon peel
3 T. lemon juice

Step 1:In small saucepan combine all ingredients except lemon juice and zest.
Step 2:Stir mixture constantly while cooking on medium to boil, then turn down to low and cook until it thickens a little. When the sauce has thickened pour lemon juice and zest in and stir. Turn off heat and let cool until ready to pour over cake. Store any leftover sauce in the refrigerator, re-heat the sauce again to serve.

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1 Laura (Tutti Dolci) October 12, 2012 at 11:58 pm

I love apple cakes, Suzanne! This one looks like it should be next on my list to try!

2 Amy (Savory Moments) October 13, 2012 at 7:39 am

This cake looks delicious! I love it and its a great recipe for me to keep in mind for the bushel I have right now. Yummy!

3 Valerie October 13, 2012 at 8:33 am

Those chunks of apple peeping through the cake are practically begging me to make this recipe! The texture is perfect! Thanks for sharing this special family recipe with us! (I think I would prefer vanilla ice cream too.) 😀

4 Carol | a cup of mascarpone October 13, 2012 at 1:30 pm

I love family recipes – they’re absolutely the best and most cherished! This looks delicious, Suzanne!

5 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts October 13, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Family recipes are always the best. This cake looks wonderful. Honeycrisp apples are my favorite!

6 Jen Laceda @ Tartine and Apron Strings October 13, 2012 at 9:39 pm

Heirloom family recipes are a keeper – this one especially! Look at that beautiful fresh apple cake! I’d love to take a bite right off my computer screen!

7 Vicki Bensinger October 14, 2012 at 8:56 am

This sounds delicious and is very pretty. The lemon sauce didn’t throw me as much as the lime sherbet. I’m sure your mouth was dancing with flavors. This is a great fall recipe I will be sure to try. Thanks for sharing.

8 Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} October 14, 2012 at 1:02 pm

What a treasure! Love the lemon drizzle and the entire cake. I bet the flavors are amazing. This is winner! Pinning now. Thank you for sharing such a prized recipe!

9 Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom October 15, 2012 at 1:45 am

This apple cake looks amazing! yum!

10 CCU October 15, 2012 at 3:19 pm

I am imagining this for breakfast 😀

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11 Elaina Newton October 16, 2012 at 10:36 am

Mmm…l love lemon frosting and lemon cream ice cream, so I bet I’d love this–especially with Honeycrisp apples. I wonder if there is something I could substitute instead of the oil to lessen the fat. Nothing wrong with the oil. It’s just that if I made it, I’d probably end up eating it all myself (my boyfriend’s not big on sweets)!

12 Nami | Just One Cookbook October 16, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Oooohh what a beautiful and delicious apple cake! I do not have any bakers in my family and it doesn’t help me improve my poor baking skills. 🙁 This will be a great match for coffee/tea in the morning or snack time…

13 Reeni October 16, 2012 at 7:49 pm

That is one gorgeous apple cake Suzanne! I can see why it’s been a favorite for so long. I’m intrigued by the lemon sauce too – very unique.

14 Sandra's Easy Cooking October 17, 2012 at 9:06 am

Suzanne your cake look divine! I am loving the flavors and pictures are truly mouthwatering!

15 Terra October 17, 2012 at 10:35 pm

I love your cake, but wow with lemon sauce…..gorgeous!!!! It is so wonderful to see a special recipe from your family. Thank you for sharing! Hugs, Terra

16 Suzanne October 19, 2012 at 8:40 am

Thanks Terra, it’s a keeper for sure 🙂

17 Amy Tong October 22, 2012 at 1:57 am

Oh my….never thought lemon sauce would go with apple cake either. But this is one gorgeous cake to try…especially someone has been making it for 40 years, it gotta be good! 😉

18 Ashley - Baker by Nature October 24, 2012 at 11:51 am

Family recipes really are THE best! This cake looks all kinds of amazing – I want want want!

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