This is the apple cake you expect but so much better – probably as good as it gets – from my good friend and expert chef, Debby Segura. -- Elizabeth Kurtz
Delicious Classic Apple Cake
- Cooking and Prep: 2 h
- Serves: 18
For the Apple Mixture
In a medium sized mixing bowl, toss all the apples with the honey or sugar, cinnamon and lemon juice very gently, until coated. Reserve the slices which are not peeled in a separate bowl.
Peel, core and slice four of the apples into quarter-inch thick slices. Core, but do not peel, the last two apples, and slice into quarter-inch slices.
For the Cake
Place the oven rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 10-inch angel food cake pan. Set it aside.
In an electric mixer, combine the flour, sugar, oil, eggs, orange juice, baking powder, vanilla and salt. Increase the speed to medium-high and mix until well blended, about two minutes.
Pour one third of the batter into the prepared pan, and smooth the batter. Arrange half of the peeled apple slices over the batter (being very careful not to let the apple slices directly touch any part of the pan, as it with stick to the pan and be problematic when the cake is cooked).
Cover this apple layer with half of the remaining batter, and smooth the batter. Arrange the rest of the peeled apples over the batter. Pour the remaining batter over this second apple layer, and smooth this final layer of batter. Arrange the unpeeled apple slices over this batter, creating a fan of slightly overlapping slices that go all around the center of the tube pan. If there is any cinnamon juice left over from the apple mixture, drizzle it over the apple fan.
Place the cake pan on a square of heavy aluminum foil (fold up the edges of the foil to form a tiny pan, thus preventing any juice that may leak out of the pan from dirtying your oven), and place it in the oven to bake for 75 to 85 minutes, or until a toothpick tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out with moist crumbs.
Remove the cake from the oven and place it on a rack to cool for 10 minutes. Gently release the cake from the sides of the pan with a small thin knife, if it appears to stick, and then remove the sides of the pan. Allow the cake to cool, with the center piece still in place, until room temperature before gently releasing and then removing the center piece. Place the cake on a cake stand.
Immediately before serving, sift powdered sugar over the cake. Place some tiny apples or crab apples at the base of the cake for a garnish.
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