I made this last night and my family LOVED it. My husband thinks it is the best apple cake ever! I believe him.
Because he ate the first piece I gave him (and it was substantial!) faster than light. Then he disappeared and returned with another piece of it and after inhaling that piece declared he was about to go into a food coma (since this was on top of meatloaf, mashed potatoes, etc.).
Sarah was too full from dinner, so she nibbled the top off of her piece and made dents all around it. You know how kids are with food sometimes. I sat it on the counter and forgot about it. Later, I was doing dishes and couldn't find the piece of nibbled cake to throw it away. Rob came into the kitchen behind me.
So, I asked him, "Dear, have you seen that bit of mangled cake that Sarah left on her plate?"
There was an embarrassed silence.
"Well, yeah, I ate it."
(If you are counting, that makes THREE!... and he is on a DIET... and is quite dedicated to it... to the point of losing nearly 40 pounds in recent months!)
Okaaaay. There WAS more in the pan, btw. He just couldn't stand for a bit of it to be disposed of...and not into an appreciative stomach! I guess he likes it! :)
So, thanks, Marilyn, for the recipe (should you happen to be reading!!) ;)
I also have to note that although the recipe calls for 1/2 c. of raisins, I thought it said TWO cups on my handwritten recipe, so that's how I made it. I simmered the raisins a bit to soften/plump them up. If you like raisins, go for two cups! :) Hey, with 6 cups of fruit, it HAS to be healthy, right? :) (We'll ignore that 2 cups of sugar!) :)
4 c. apples (chopped)
2 c. sugar
2/3 c. oil
1 tsp. vanilla
3 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp salt (optional)
1/2 c. nuts (optional)
1/2 raisins (I used 2 cups).
Add sugar to chopped apples and let sit while assembling other ingredients (stirring once).
Combine oil, eggs, and vanilla.
Sift dry ingredients.
Add oil mixture to apples.
Add nuts and raisins to flour and stir well.
Add apple mixture to flour mixture.
Pour into greased 9"x13" pan.
Bake in 350' oven for 40-45 minutes (or til done).