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Fresh Apple Cake

This recipe is adapted from one in The Melting Pot: Ethnic Cuisine in Texas (Institute of Texan Cultures, 1977). Like many German-Texan desserts, it calls for pecans. German immigrants learned quickly to substitute readily available Texas pecans for the walnuts and hazelnuts they had used in Germany.

  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1/2 c. vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 T. hot water
  • 2 c. chopped apples (2 large apples), unpeeled
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 1/2 c. chopped pecans, divided
  • 1/2 c. firmly packed brown sugar
  • lady apple (or small apple), sliced in half (optional)
  • grapes (optional)
  • fresh mint leaves (optional)
  • Combine sugar, oil, and eggs; beat well.

Sift together flour, salt, and soda; add to egg mixture along with 2 T. hot water. Mix well. Add chopped apples, vanilla, and 1 c. chopped pecans, and mix well.

Pour into two 8-inch greased and floured deep quiche pans or two 8-inch round cake pans or one 12-cup Bundt pan.

Combine brown sugar and remaining pecans, and sprinkle half the mixture on top of each cake.

Bake at 325º for 30 to 35 minutes (if using a Bundt pan, bake 50 to 60 minutes).

Cool in pan 10 minutes; remove from pan, and let cool completely on a wire rack. Garnish with apple halves, grapes, and mint leaves; if desired.

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