In the midst of apple season, our cabin orchard continues to crank out apples by the crateful.
With apple recipes on my mind, I’ve been itching to create a healthy-fied version of Aunt Ivy’s amazing Apple Cake.
What better occasion to bake a cake than a birthday party? Mom’s 60th surprise party to be exact!
1 1 /2 cups white sugar
2/3 cup or 8 ounces unsweetened apple sauce
3 tablespoons heart healthy oil (we like avocado, grape seed, coconut or olive)
4 flax, chia or chicken eggs
1/4 cup orange juice (fresh is best!)
2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 cups unbleached white flour, sifted
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour, sifted
3 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup walnuts, chopped
3 – 4 heaping cups apples, cored and chopped
wet ingredients (sugar, apple sauce, oil, eggs, OJ, vanilla) together first.
2.) Add dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt, spices) to the batter, thoroughly combining.
3.) Fold in walnuts and apples.
4.) Pour cake batter into a prepared pan.
5.) Bake cake 55 – 60 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool at least 10 minutes before serving.
My lovely Apple Cake
inspirations, Mom and Aunt Ivy:
Mom thought she had escaped a formal celebration by traveling abroad over the months surrounding her 60th birthday. Ha!The day after my parents came home, family arrived in town from Kansas creating a fabulous diversion. While Dad and Mom handled the airport pickup, I scurried to set up the surprise celebration.
Framed pictures of Mom at all ages were scattered about. Semi-hidden on the deck out back, a long dinning table was set for 22.
Light strings, citronella candles, fall foliage garlands and Mom’s beloved sunflowers transformed the usually sparse space into a glamorous garden party.
Mom was continuously surprised as family and friends arrived into the evening.
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Margaritas are Mom’s favorite so keeping with the fiesta theme, a Mexican inspired menu seemed almost too easy. I whipped up 7 Layer Dip, Spinach Artichoke Dip, Mama’s Enchiladas, tacos with all the fixings, Southwest Salad and Roasted Sweet Peppers.
Apple Cake and ice cream completed the night.
Apple Cake received all around rave reviews deeming the healthier generation a true success!
Cheers to my first Apple Cake, to my first kitchen inspiration (love you, Mom!) and to prolonging life with healthy family traditions like this recipe!