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Totoro Family Recipes: Fresh Apple Cake

According to the note on Mom’s hand-written card, this recipe came from my great-aunt Helen. I’m not sure where she obtained it.

This cake is the ultimate flavor of fall. It is the essence of spice, apples, harvest, and cool weather.

I remember Mom would send me a care package each first semester I was in college. The only contents I remember was a full bundt cake – and I hoarded it! If I shared a slice with you… I considered you a very special friend.


  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups chopped apples (honey crisps are excellent – but granny smiths work well)
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
  1. Peel, core, and chop apples. Set aside.
  2. Stir together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, mix until creamy vegetable oil, sugar, and eggs.
  4. Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in small batches – beating well after each addition.
  5. Finally add apples and nuts (note: batter will be STIFF)
  6. Bake in a bundt pan at 350 degrees approximately 50-60 minutes.
Supposedly the cake freezes well… but I’ve never had the opportunity to test this theory.

This post is part of BethFishRead’s Weekend Cooking Link-Up. For more delicious recipes, please visit her weekly blog feature.


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