It's true, I have a real soft spot for apple cakes, most any kind really... tarts, coffee cakes, pound, strudel's, brioche, pies... There is however one catch, it has to be homemade, I really cannot stand store bought apple treats. Here is one of my yearly made apple cakes.
3 cups flour
1 2/4 cups sugar
1 tbs baking powder
1/2 ts salt
grated zest of an orange or 1 ts orange extract
1 cup of vegetable oil
1/2 cup of orange juice
4 cups of cored, peeled and roughly chopped apples (4-5 apples)
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 cup of chopped nuts (optional)
Peel, core and chop your apples in a medium sized bowl.
Add cinnamon and brown sugar and set to the side. If you are using nuts, add them as well.
Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and grated orange zest in a medium sized bowl and set to the side.
Cream the eggs and oil for two to three minutes until thick and creamy.
Next add the flour mixture and orange juice to the eggs and oil.
Beat until all ingredients are well combined, but don't over mix your cake otherwise you will make a tough batter, forming unwanted gluten.
Pour half of the cake batter into the pan. Smooth out.
Top with the apple mixture as evenly as possible.
Add the rest of the cake batter and smooth out again.
Cook for an hour, then cover lightly with a piece of foil and cook for another 10-15 minutes until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
Cool for one hour in the pan then flip out onto a rack and finish cooling for another hour.
Cut and Serve! You can sprinkle the top of the cake with powdered sugar if you would like, or just leave it as is.