kruizing with kikukat

Monday, July 16, 2012

Feels Like Fall: Fresh Apple Cake

Feels like its back to school time.  This time of the year used to be called summer.  But by the time this post is published, I will have been back at work for at least 4 hours to begin "SY 12-13".  Ughhhh.  Some people have no idea that summer vacation is for BOTH students and teachers. 

Sadly, teachers where I work ARE back at school.  Kids don't return until July 31 so the time between today and July 31 is to bring the teachers up to speed so that the kids can do as well on the state test as the kids who live less than 10 miles away. 

I guess its fair to say I am upset at having to return to work when my counterparts (who work at the school 10 miles away) are still enjoying their vacation.  The state has only enough money to fund this extended learning time for one school year, so a year from now, I will still be on vacation.  Oh well, maybe I can take a nice vacation with all the extra $ I will earn this year.  I hear Hawaiian will be offering a new route to the land down under soon.  Brisbane, here I come. . .g'day mate!

09/13:  I am adding this in due to the high volume of traffic this post has been recently experiencing.  This post was originally a lot longer, describing in detail the indignities educators in one particular district face at the hands of parents and the educational bureaucracy.  I removed much of it, as time has passed and I thought most visitors to this post are primarily interested in the recipe for this delicious treat.  

Recently, I received a comment from a nasty reader which had absolutely no validity, as it was a personal attack on teachers and any other non-healthcare worker.  Please, please, please...enjoy my recipes, but if you have nothing nice to say, please refrain from leaving an anonymous comment. 

Thank you, 
Kikukat


September 22, 2014
If you enjoyed this apple recipe, you might want to check out another apple recipe I just posted here.

November 19, 2015
Comments attacking other commenters are forbidden.  Remember, this is basically a recipe blog.  If you would like to change society and/or rid society of nasty people, please run for public office.  


click on recipe title for printable recipe
Fresh Apple Cake

     1 c vegetable oil
     2 c sugar
     3 eggs
     3 c flour
     1 tsp baking soda
     2 tsp vanilla extract
     1 c chopped pecans
     3 c peeled and chopped apples

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 9 x 13" pan.  Combine oil, sugar, and eggs.  Stir in flour and baking soda.  Add vanilla, pecans, and apples.  Spread in prepared pan and bake for 45-50 minutes.  Cool for 2 hours.  Then prepare frosting.

Frosting

     1/2 c butter
     1 c brown sugar, packed
     1/4 c evaporated milk
     1/2 tsp vanilla

Boil all ingredients in a small saucepan for 2 minutes.  Set pan in bowl filled with ice water.  Beat icing until of spreading consistency.  Spread over top of cake.

I managed to sneak in an end-of summer lunch with Brucie.  We ended up at our usual haunt because he refused to have anything to do with Chinese food and lazy Susans.  He managed to get back from China in one piece, and he brought back a bunch of goodies for me and the Ds.
chops for the Ds



I am going to be very busy in the next week.  I am taking an online course. . .my first course in over 15 years!  I also got volunteered to alter 9 cheerleader skirts.  While the sewing part isn't difficult, not having 8 of the girls handy to try on as I fix is somewhat of a downer.  I'm hoping that by this time next week, the skirts will just be a memory!



129 comments:

  1. I want to make this now, but need to freeze it. Should I wait to put the icing on after I take it our of the freezer????

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    1. I think that would be best. I don't think the icing would hold up well in the freezer.

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    2. Just finished making this... WOW! It is so so good! Frosting is a little bit too sweet but balances well with the cake. I thought the batter turned out wrong because it looked more like cookie batter but it turned out really good!!! Thanks for sharing! :D

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    3. I'm a teacher, too. Your comments about the kids and parents are truly offensive.

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    4. Thank you for sharing your opinion.

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    5. I congratulate Kikukat for saying it like it is! Unfair practice by your state, I think. Bless all teachers!

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    6. I have been making this cake but never have used a brown icing I use cream chezze icing I too work at school I am a cook. I enjoy the kids it seem we must a really good science teacher because that is the favorite class

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    7. Cream cheese icing sounds delicious!

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    8. This is soooo goood.. Thank you for sharing.... As a single dad, providing my children with healthy, wholesome foods has always been a priority. We always find these type of foods a fun family time to make and enjoy... Thanks..Jake H, Venice Florida

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    9. I made this and it was way too dry. I questioned only using one cup of oil, but tried it anyway. Will not make again. I will go back to my old recipe that called for, I believe, three cups of Wesson oil.

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    10. 3 cups of oil?? Wow! I used a cup of oil and it was perfect! May depend on juiciness of apples as well.

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    11. I've always just used a cup of oil. The batter is on the stiff side (not like a boxed cake mix batter), but everything turns out in the end. Thank you for trying out my recipe and visiting my blog.

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    12. What would be the best kind of apples to use?

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  2. I hope that Anonymous is not an English teacher. Most of the time you probably won't use a comma with “too” because your sentences will be chugging along without needing a pause. So you could say, “I too like reading mysteries” or “I like reading mysteries too.”

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    1. The use of a comma to separate "too" in the sentence is completely up to the writer's discretion. It would have been better placement to conjoin the sentences with another comma and the addition of the word "and" after too, but I don't suspect anonymous is a novelist.

      I just had to clear that up.

      Kikukat, you're right; Parents do not spend enough time with their children. The teachers do the best they can, but most of the time the home life is what affects their schooling most.

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    2. I think you will find that a comma before "too" is correct for formal writing, So much of what is published in newspapers and elsewhere seems not to have been proofread. My biggest source of pique is seeing newsmen on TV use "a whole nother thing". We are simply not accustomed to using what we were taught. Just for fun- count the number of times you hear people who are paid to speak use "him and I" or similar phrases. I'm just an old gal who misses a good conversation and writing that doesn't look like text shorthand.



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    3. I am very tired of hearing the I used in the predicate of a sentence as in The girls included Jane and I. Argh.

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    4. Great cake and love the frosting. It is even better the next day will make again it is a keeper!!

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  3. Perdon lo podras poner en español porfavor

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    1. A Teacher ETC...July 16, 2013 at 8:15 AM

      Teacher are expected to raise these kids and then go home and do lesson plans etc...not having enough time for their own kids...Education today is a circus.

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    2. These days with parents working two jobs because they can't find one good job just to pay bills and all the taxes that keep popping up , who does have time to do anything .... we can only try to do our best.....God Bless You

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  5. I made this today. I think you may want to add a tsp. of cinnamon. It is kind of bland. I also added 1 c. of powdered sugar to the icing. If it gets too thick to spread, just reheat the icing again. :)

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    1. I have mine in the oven. I sprinkled in a few dashes of salt to the batter, then once poured into the pan, I sprinkled cinnamon over the top and swirled it through the batter. I'll try the original icing first, and see if it needs anything else.

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    2. I do too, add one cup of powdered sugar to the icing. (I had this icing with an other recipe, and will surely try your recipe it s look so good.

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  6. Just printed this off to make it! Looks scrumptious!

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    1. I hope you will enjoy this cake.

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  7. The cake looks brown. Is there any cinnamon or other spices?

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    1. You are right, but there is no cinnamon in it.

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  8. A Teacher ETC...July 16, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    The school system raises these kids, parents are not held responsible for ANYTHING!! Anonymous you are on your own kiddo.

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  9. What are the best kind of apples to use for this recipe? The recipe doesn't specify...

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    1. I don't think it matters. I've used Fuji, Granny Smith and Braeburn, only because its what I already had on hand.

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  10. I made this cake earlier this week and my family loved it! I used Fuji apples from our trees and because the apples were so sweet I cut some of sugar. I didn't get to try the frosting as I didn't have any Evap milk.
    Thank you for sharing its so delicious!
    Shelly

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  11. Want to make this apple cake. Is it all purpose flour or self rising. Thanks

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  12. Do you think it would be OK to substitute applesauce for the oil?

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    1. I had the same thought! Do you usually do the same measurement of applesauce when you do a substitute?

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    2. I am a long time amateur baker who does not like to use oil in recipes for sweet items. So, I just substitute butter for oil in any recipe. I have never had a bad experience with the change and for my taste it is much improved. Sorry, I have never used applesauce as a substitute but I would give it a try.

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    4. I never tried the applesauce substitution trick, but I have eaten cakes (made with boxed cake mix) made with applesauce. I didn't care much for the flavor, but if you try this recipe with applesauce instead of the oil, please let me know how it is. I have an aunt who would be grateful for the experimentation, and I'm a niece who would prefer NOT to eat her experients.
      To anonymous #2, oh my! A whole bunch of people on facebook and in the education union would be in big trouble and our state would be in dire need of teachers!

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    5. I have always substituted applesauce in place of the oil. I made this cake today and did just that and it turned out great! Thanks for the recipe!

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  13. I am a mother that is very involved in what my children do in school and out of school. I 100% agree with Kikukat's comment. I also got quite a good giggle out of when I read it. Mostly because I wasn't expecting it. I hope my comment isn't evaluted for grammar mistakes. I tend to type faster than my brain works. So I often make silly mistakes that I would never say outloud. :)

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    1. And teachers are grateful for parents like you! Thank you.

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  14. Two hours seems like a long time to bake a 9x13 cake. Does it really require that much time?

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    1. She did say bake for 45 to 50 minutes, then cool for 2 hrs. I'll have to try this myself. It looks delicious.

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    2. The recipe says to bake 40-50 minutes...COOL for 2 hours before frosting...

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  15. To Anonymous - you bake it for 45 - 50 minutes. You COOL it for 2 hours before icing.

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  16. it states 45-50 min...not 2 hours

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  17. It says COOL for 2 hours..:)

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  18. It says cool for two hours, bake for 40-50 minutes.

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  19. It's bake for 45-50 minutes, then COOL for 2 hours... Can't wait to try this one!!!

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  20. Jeez. My first time on here.....probably last........you ladys all need a Margarita..or something..

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    1. HAHA! Yeah, they went crazy with corrections.

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  21. Its just a recipe people...whats the problem and why so much hate? The cake is great along with the frosting....either just bake it or not

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  22. Responding to the comment that parents do not spend enough time with their children....How rude! I am a parent of 3 adult children. Parents nowadays have to work 12 months out of the year 40 hours plus a week just to put a roof over their family's head, food on the table and health insurance. On top of that the school system load the kids down with HOMEWORK, HOMEWORK, HOMEWORK!!! These kids nowadays are overworked. Enough said. I know I will have offended many teachers out there and sorry about it but you must consider how hard Obama has made it for the average middle class family. I don't believe it's the teachers that put the work load on the young students.

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    1. It is a choice to have children! Parents should consider this before, not after, they have them. It is a parents responsibility to RAISE their own and not expect overworked and underpaid teachers to do this for them. DON'T have children if you aren't prepared(either emotionally or financially) to do this.

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    2. Their is no middle class lady!

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  23. If you make the frosting correctly, it will be fluffy and white. :)

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  24. *Use a hand or electric mixer to beat the frosting. :)

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  25. I just made this cake and it was delicious! I beat the frosting for only about 1-2 minutes and it was still caramel in color. It was perfect. Thank you for the wonderful recipe.

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  26. ??? Obama has made it hard for the average middle class family?
    I'm going to make this cake, it sounds delicious.
    I come from a family of teachers. I want no more than 25 students to a class and an aide for special needs kids. Teachers spend inordinate amounts of time creating lesson plans, grading papers, attending meetings, "volunteering" for chaperone duties, spending their own money on supplies. It's a wonder we have people even wanting to teach. Kudos to those of you who do and give it their all.

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    1. As a retired teacher, I totally agree with you. Then we have parents who miss appointments, skip the school science fair (along with the kids) and don't respond when there is a behavioral issue they need to hear about. As a homework project one year, I instructed the kids (I had sixth graders) to each bring $1.00 the following day for 'special project'. In a class room of 30+ students, only 10 brought the dollar, 12 'forgot' about it and I received 8 notes from parents that they shouldn't have to pay for special projects. I was shocked that so many parents who gladhand their kids $20 dollar bills for fiedl trip lunches, had to complain about a $1.00 contribution for a special project. It was for THEIR KIDS! After 30 years of this, I retired. But this apple cake recipe looks delish and I'm going to put it in the oven tomorrow after I purchase more apples and the condensed milk.

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    2. Please be sure to purchase evaporated milk instead of condensed milk. Thank you for visiting my blog.

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  27. Just took this out of the oven. I just realized I only have brown Splenda. Would that work in the icing?

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  28. First, is this the recipe that was posted on facebook, does anyone know? Second, I have the utmost respect for teachers. They have a very difficult job and get highly under paid for it. I'm not a teacher but I remember what it was like being in school and thinking this. Especially when you have students with undiagnosed learning disabilities like myself. My respect to them all.

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    1. Thank you for your comment and thank you for visiting my blog.

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  29. Do you refrigerate leftovers or is it okay at room temperature? It sounds yummy!!

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    1. I think refrigerating the leftovers after a day is a good idea. Thank you for visiting my blog.

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  30. I think it is sad that people do not respect others opinions. You do not have to like them and you may disagree and say so. What I do not like is calling someone rude when you could just as easily say I disagree what you have to say because this is my opinion. This is about a recipe someone took time out to share with us. This is not the 3Rd grade.

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    1. I AGREE! This is a lovely recipe. When looking at a recipe comment on the RECIPE! Just because you think something in your head,you do not have to type it into a recipe blog. What is the matter with you people. Did you not learn how to stay on subject. Geesh!!!

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    2. I agree with anonymous. It is a recipe blog. If the comments are moderated as they appear to be, why do so many non-cooking related comments appear? Looking forward to trying this recipe. I will alter the frosting a little by adding maple extract instead of the vanilla. I LOVE maple!!

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    3. I was hoping to extend the courtesy of free speech to people. Maybe they just need an outlet to vent. I don't know. But I'm glad the majority of readers realize this is a blog about recipes (and some family things). What I write about beyond the recipes is my opinion. Unfortunately, some people are rude. . .those are the comments you don't see.

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  31. I can't wait to make this recipe. It looks like it will be delicious and I have some apples that I need to use before they go bad. I'm sure my family will love this.

    As for all the education, teachers, parents, etc., conversation...well, I'm a parent, a full-time employee who has to travel, and a full-time online college student, and a wife of a working man who travels as well. It's all about priorities and choices. I have a sister-in-law who works part-time and tells her kids teachers that it's their job to deal with them, she doesn't have the time. These are great kids and very well behaved at my house, but little monsters at their own house because they know they can get away with it. I know one thing and that is that I am not a teacher and never could be. Therefore I have a ton of respect for them. I wouldn't do their job for $50/hour. They are, for the most part, underpaid and unappreciated.

    I read recently that "people are always talking about leaving a better planet for our children, but how about leaving better children for the planet??"

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  32. I agree with you Cheryl!

    Just picked some apples today can't wait to use them for this cake! Looks wonderful!

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  33. Just made this and.....I found the cake a little Boring so I did add cinnamon and it was ok but when I put the frosting on, it came to life and was delicious. The frosting makes this cake.

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  34. Can you use a bundt pan instead of 9x13?

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  35. This recipe sound's really good will be making it soon. Would like to know if I can substitute evaporated milk
    with plain milk?


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    1. Just simmer 2 1/4 cups of regular milk until it becomes 1 cup.

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  36. I was an involved parent who volunteered to help out the teachers, and admittedly, I was fortunate to be a work-at-home Mom with my own schedule. But it was my choice, before I had kids. We didn't have fancy cars or got to take exotic vacations. It's always been a trade-off, no matter what the political climate. But I knew what was going on in my kids' lives. I was around other children who were so DESPERATE for the tiniest bit of adult attention, it just broke my heart. Teachers are sometimes the only ones who give a damn about the kids. It's nobody's fault, but it's what is coming out of our schools today. Now let's all be nice and eat cake!

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    1. I have always been an involved parent in my child's life, helping out at school for various functions and working full time as a single parent household. Yeah the hours are long and some of the tasks are tedious, but as I dropped into bed each night when my daughter was young, I never had to wonder if I was doing 'enough' because I knew I was doing all I could.
      I have always made it clear to my daughter that school is a priority and that the teachers are her allies in education and in her personal life as well. Supporting the GOOD teachers in my daughters life was just another way of supporting her in the academic setting. She had a loser teacher in fourth grade (demanding, hypercritical, expecting more than fourth graders could deliver) and I made it clear to the staff at her school that I wouldn't back her BS, I also made it clear to my child that, while I didn't agree with the teachers methods, she was still HER teacher and deserved respect as a human being. There so little respect in our world today, it's time we re-emphasized this as parents. Teachers often do a thankless job for less money than other professionals. I also teach one class each week as a volunteer educator and I can promise you, having a room full of active kids isn't a cakewalk, but it can be rewarding as heck when the kids 'get' the subject and understand the assignments as evidenced by the work they turn in!

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  37. I use 1/2 tsp. of cloves,1/2 tsp. nutmeg and 1 tsp. of cinnamon in cake. Everyone loves it, and I have been making it for years! Twenty-two years ago I quit after twenty years of teaching. My style of teaching would get me fired today. I hugged my kids and loved on them. I pulled teeth,doctored boo-boos,combed hair for school pictures and spatted their behinds when they needed it. I tried to instill the love for learning, and we had fun.I wasn't perfect, but neither were my kids or their parents. We tried to work together for "our" children. God bless the teachers today. Oooops God can't take part in school!!!

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  38. You hit the nail on the head, Cheryl M. -

    My sister made this cake today for my family... so Delish!!! I came here to get the recipe to make for my son's teachers as a track- in goody. What a coincidence it was posted by a teacher. Wow, to read some of the comments left here really stunned me. It is truly a priority one makes to put education of their kids above all the other "crap" in our society today. So much more I could say, but not the forum for it.
    I can't wait to make the cake myself for the always appreciative teachers when they get a treat from an involved parent.

    Thanks for the recipe. P.S. please don't criticise my spelling or punctuation: I never finished HS due to non-involved parents.

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  39. This cake sounds delicious. Silly question but as I live in the UK I am not used to seeing c as a measure in a recipe. Is this an abbreviation for cup??!
    Thanks

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  40. Thank You! The cake is baking in the oven now. I am not a teacher and would like to Thank you for all that you do each day! teachers are not appreciated enough! Yes, c is an abbreviation for cup!

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  41. c-cup
    t-teaspoon
    T-tablespoon......abbreviations taught to me by my home economics teacher over 30 years ago. God bless her. She taught me to cook and to sew.

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  42. Hello I am from Australia and am wondering about the icing as you say to use evaporated milk so was wondering if we call evaporated milk the same thing.. here in oz evaporated milk is the runnier milk usually also called carnation (because of the brand) or we have condensed milk which is a thickish sweet milk often used in toffees fudges and caramels.. so just don't want to use the wrong one if I make the recipe is all lol :-)

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    1. Evaporated milk is not sweetened and is still runny. Condensed milk is thick, sweet and you are right - used in candies. The recipe calls for Evaporated milk - don't use condensed!

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  43. makes me wonder what makes it rise? no baking powder ?

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    1. All the chopped apples add volume. I've made a similar cake for years...love it!

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  44. I kind of wanted to add cinnamon to this recipe but didn't because I do like to give a new recipe a chance as written. it is perfect without cinnamon. I will make this again. Delicious!

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  45. I want to make this, but as cupcakes. How long should I bake in oven for mini's and regular size cupcakes.
    email: orangesumr@yahoo.com Thanks!

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  46. This looks wonderful. i live in apple country so I've pinned this recipe to try soon.

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  47. Thank you, I just found this on pinterest and it came out great!!! my bf said it lacked a bit of taste and said I should have added some cinnamon but I think its perfect..

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  48. This cake is heavenly! I added 2 teaspoons of cinnamon per the suggestion of other fellow bakers on this blog. The cake is so moist and the icing tastes just like pralines! I made it as a bunt cake, and next time I may venture out and make it as cupcakes. Thank you for this amazing recipe; obsessed!

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  49. This cake is awesome! I have made it twice and everyone loves it. I did add about a half teaspoon of salt and used walnuts instead of pecans, because that is what I had. Thank you for the recipe!

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  50. So far, my cake has been cooking for an hour and 35 minutes and the inside is still raw batter. I have double checked the recipe twice to make sure I didn't leave something out, etc. Did anyone else have to cook theirs longer?

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  51. My grandmother used to make a VERY similar cake to this called Apple Dapple. Everyone loved it. Now I make it and everyone I have made it for has also loved it.

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  52. Thank you!
    Ирина.

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  53. I want to make this tomorrow. I wish it specified self-rising or all purpose flour. I'm going to assume it's all purpose since it calls for baking soda. Experienced cooks look for the soda or banking powder to give a clue. Teaching my nieces to cook has taught me that young cooks need ingredients listed specifically, as many don't know there are different types of flour. Maybe my OCD lol. I never thought much about it until teaching 18 yr old to cook.

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  54. I made this cake this week and it was very good except the corners are too done. After mixing the ingredients, I thought I left something out because it did not look like cake batter. It was so thick that I had to spoon it into the pan and then wet my hands and spread it evenly. Did I do something wrong? I thought it may have called for milk or something and I left it out. I did use self-rising flour though. Any suggestions on how to fix the problems that I mentioned? The middle of this cake was too good not to try again! Thanks!

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  55. Will this recipe work if I use one cup of sugar instead of two?

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    1. I am not sure. I've never deviated from the recipe. If you try it, please let me know how it worked out.

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  56. Can this recipe be used for cupcakes? Looks delicious!

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    1. I've never tried making cupcakes so please tell me how they turn out. You might try another frosting for cupcakes, as this one might run off the edges. Good luck!

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  57. This looks easy and delicious. I'm trying it tomorrow!

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  58. What type of apple is best? Granny Smith or a sweeter apple?

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  59. Perfect! I bought some organic apples to make organic apple cider vinegar, but all I need for that is the peel and the core. I needed something to use the actual apple for! I think I found it! I cannot wait to try it. Thank you so much!

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  60. is it necessary to put pan in bowl of ice water while beating?

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    1. The ice water bath will cool down the frosting mixture to spreading consistency. If you don't mind a thinnner glaze which may soak into the cake (instead of sit on it), then you probably don't need the ice water bath.

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  61. Im in process of making now and followed cake ingredients as stated and its not a cake like consistency at all. Its very stiff and doughy....hard to mix apples in. help!!!

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  62. Delicious cake. :) I know people can be snarky, but most are so nice. That is probably why I will never do a blog :) The power of our wonderful technology is that the written word is immortalized forever in many cases, so no matter where you heart is what you say can be sifted through everyone's bad mood or other issues, they don't know you and it happens all the time where people are critical. Don't take it personally, and just know that saying stuff is leaving yourself vulnerable so bear it in mind when venting. Dang I hate that we can't just filter who gets to read stuff! Keep on doing your wonderful recipes, we all are enjoying them!

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  63. Made this twice so far to RAVE reviews....thanks for the recipe, it's a keeper!

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  64. The cake part of this recipe is identical to my mom's Fresh Apple Cake, however, her apples were always grated rather than diced. She never put an icing on it, but the icing is like the one she spread over her Cowboy Cake. So happy to see these old recipes still going around!! Can't wait to try the two combined!

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  65. This is a great cake! It is wonderful plain, but I can't resist the lovely frosting...nope, just can't do it!

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  66. Delicious and moist with a hint of Christmas :-) I whipped the egg-whites and a few splashes of milk though and after reading some of the comments added some cinnamon, cloves, cardamon and star anise instead of vanilla. It smelled so wonderful that I even didn´t let it cool down properly and digged in. Quite sweet, didn´t even need the frosting.

    Regarding the comment about teaching - didn´t have the opportunity to read the whole original text, but I stand by you, Kikukat. It is the same here, we - teachers - are deployed of repect of the society. Most of the kids are not disciplined and parents sometimes behave even worse. I even have a friend who told me she wouldn´t respect me (her - as a mother), because I am considerably younger than she is. When we are young, we are "inexperienced" when we are old we are "old bitches full of complexes". Lots of bureaucrecy, very little money. Teachers today are only teacher because they feel it is their mission.

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  67. What variety of apple do you use?

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  68. Thank you for sharing, I saved this one and I am going to make it.

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