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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Fall Harvest Apple Cake with Butter Pecan Glaze

We're just thrilled! My son proposed to his girlfriend a little more than a week ago while on a trip to Ireland!  In honor of their engagement, I'm sharing this marvelous apple cake.  I served it for dessert the first time she joined the family for dinner...three years ago this fall.

The cake was a big hit at that dinner; however, I wanted more of an obvious apple taste.  The original recipe called for grated apples...this time, I used sliced apples.  I was delighted with the results!  The sliced apples offer more of the apple taste that I desired and form a beautiful circle (of love?) in the middle.  The rich butter pecan glaze complements the apple cake perfectly.
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As adapted from White Lily Flour's recipe for Fresh Apple Cake with Butter Pecan Glaze

Approximately 12 servings


The Cake
  • Non-stick baking spray (for pan)
  • 3 c. sifted all-purpose plain flour (I use White Lily...obviously!)
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 c. firmly packed, light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 c. vegetable or canola oil (I use canola oil)
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 4 c. cleaned, peeled, cored, quartered & thinly sliced apples--about 4/ea., 2 5/8" in diameter (I use Gala apples)*
  • 1 c. chopped pecans*
The Glaze
  • 1/4 c. salted butter
  • 1/2 c. chopped pecans*
  • 3/4 c. firmly packed, light brown sugar
  • 1/4 c. heavy cream (I use evaporated milk)
  • 1/4 c. light corn syrup
  • 1/8 tsp. orange extract (I use...but this extract is optional)
This is a good recipe for your food processor:  Using the chopping blade, chop the pecans on pulse.  Switch to the slicing blade and place the apple quarters horizontally into the chute to slice.

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The Cake
  1. Thoroughly spray a 10" Bundt pan, including the tube, with the baking spray.
  2. Whisk well the flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350º.
  4. Beat the brown sugar, oil and eggs on medium speed, just until well combined.  Gradually add the flour mixture on low speed, about a cup at a time, and blend just until well combined.  Scrape the bowl.   Give a quick little extra beat on medium low.  Stir in the vanilla, then fold in the apples and pecans.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, filling no more than 3/4 full.
  6. Bake about 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and the cake springs back when lightly touched.  (My cake takes 60 minutes.)
  7. Place on a wire rack, cover with a clean dish towel and cool overnight.
  8. To release:  Gently run a very thin-bladed knife around the edges and tube of the pan.  Carefully invert the cake onto a serving platter and leave the fluted side up.
The Glaze
  1. Melt the butter in a small saucepan.  Toast the pecans in the butter over medium heat, stirring constantly.
  2. Whisk in the brown sugar, cream and corn syrup, then bring to a rolling boil.
  3. Cook about 2 minutes, stirring constantly.  Remove from the heat and blend in the orange extract.
  4. Cool the glaze until thickened.  Drizzle over the cake, reserving some to spoon over individual slices.
When ready to serve, slice the cake carefully with a serrated knife.  (Sorry, my photo of the sliced cake didn't really show the circle of apple slices in the center.)  Because of the apples, refrigerate any leftover cake after a couple of days.

Enjoy autumn's bounty with this moist and satisfying, delicious apple would be perfect for Thanksgiving!
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  1. I think I just died and went to dessert heaven! This cake is not only perfect for Fall..but it looks so sticky, gooey moist and wonderful, not to mention, gorgeous! That butter pecan glaze is calling my name!!

  2. Awww! Congrats!

    I love apple cake, but the last one I made didn't turn out the best. I will have to give your recipe a try--it looks fantastic!

  3. What a perfect recipe for Apple Month and Georgia Pecan Month! I'm hooked just looking at the picture! Congrats on your son's upcoming marriage!

  4. Congrats!!! How exicitng and I love that pic!! I love anything sweet that includes apples, thanks for sharing!

  5. Thanks all..Your comments and good wishes mean a lot to me! We're so happy about the pending wedding!

  6. Congratulations to your son on his engagement. He picked a beautiful spot in Ireland to pop the question. Hope he goes back for the honeymoon!!!

    1. Hi Mairead! While preparing this post, I discovered that Slea Head Beach is one of the top five locations in the world to propose...Ireland is such a beautiful country! I truly enjoy your blog about Ireland, it's scenery and it's food!

  7. What fun, fun news! And what a gorgeous setting for a proposal!! Congratulations to your whole family.

    I adore apple cakes...and one with applesauce only would never do. I like big pieces of yummy apples, too. And thanks for sharing the Red Cross badge on your site...hoping it helps raise some funds! xo

    1. Hi Lizzy! Thank you for your good wishes! Hope you try the's haunting!

      Thank you for the opportunity to share the Red Cross badge, and I also hope it helps to raise funds!

  8. Congratulations -love the photo;-)
    My favorite cake has got to be an apple cake and it looks like your recipe has all the bells and whistles that I look for in my apple cakes!! Please pass me a piece;-)

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  10. Congratulations! Such a lovely photo of the happy couple!
    Your cake looks delicious!