Matthew: I had a few leftover apples from apple season, so I decided to make a really easy apple cake recipe that is in my William-Sonoma Essentials of Baking cookbook. I’ve made the cake several times before and it is good just plain or, if you want to be more decadent, with cream cheese frosting. I’m sure the maple syrup frosting recipe that accompanies the cake would be good too, but it calls for 1 cup of maple syrup! That would be expensive frosting. It is also a good recipe to make if you have a little leftover buttermilk. Here’s the recipe:
Preheat oven to 350. Whisk together in a medium bowl: 2 c flour, 1 t baking powder, 1 t baking soda, 1 t cinnamon, 1/2 t nutmeg, 1/2 t salt.
Cream 3/4 c butter and 1 1/2 c sugar for 3-5 minutes. Beat in 3 eggs, one at a time. Fold in 1/3 of flour mixture, then half of the 1/2 c buttermilk, 2nd third of flour, rest of buttermilk, and last third of flour. Fold in 2 c peeled, chopped apples.
Pour into 9×13 in pan and bake for 35-40 minutes.