Fresh Apple Cake With Caramel Topping
One 10-inch tube cake
- 3 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 3 jumbo or extra large eggs or the equivalent of 3 eggs in egg substitute, I E, Egg Beaters, at room temperature
- 2 cups sugar or the equivalent of 2 cups sugar in granulated sugar substitute
- 1 1/3 cups cooking oil (corn, canola, or safflower oil) (see note)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 cups chopped peeled cooking apples (Granny Smith, Rome Beauty, McIntosh, Winesap or other tart variety of apples)
- 1½ cups chopped English or black walnuts or pecans
- Caramel Topping
Sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside. In a large bowl, combine eggs, sugar, and oil, beating at high speed of an electric mixer until smooth. Add vanilla. Stir in dry ingredients, mixing well. Fold in apples and nuts. Spoon into a greased 10-inch tube pan with removable bottom. Bake in a preheated moderate oven (350 degrees F.) for 1 hour, or until a cake tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
Allow cake to cool thoroughly in pan. While cake is cooling, prepare Caramel Topping. Evenly pour hot topping over thoroughly cooled cake. Allow cake to thoroughly cool again. When cake and topping are completely cooled, carefully remove cake from pan and removable bottom, top-side-up, and transfer to a serving plate. (This cake is very moist and somewhat fragile in taking out of the pan, but worth the effort in flavor).
Note: May reduce the amount of cooking oil to 2/3 cup; add 2/3 cup Smucker’s Shortening & Oil Baking Replacement or 2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
- ½ cup butter or margarine
- 1 cup light or dark brown sugar, firmly packed
- 1/4 cup milk or reduced-fat or skim milk, or 3 tablespoons apple jack brandy and 1 tablespoon milk
- Several drops caramel flavoring or to taste (optional)
In a small heavy saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Stir in brown sugar and milk (or apple jack brandy and milk), mixing well. Cook, stirring constantly, over moderate heat for 3 to 4 minutes, or until mixture is thickened and bubbly hot. Stir in caramel flavoring, if desired.