Hazel's Apple Cake

Hazel's Apple Cake
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Elise and I have started a designated Mommy and Me date when Thomas has after-school activities. My girl is working it like a job. The first day she requested we build a spiderweb that started not the second floor of our house, and go out to lunch. The second day was apple-picking.

Jessica Dreyer is third-generation farmer at Dreyer Farms. Her husband, Adam, is also a farmer! I've been meaning to get to his farm, Wightman Farms for awhile, and our apple-picking date was the perfect occasion.

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The farm and farm stand are absolutely beautiful. We didn't have a lot of time, so this day Elise and I just picked apples, but we will definitely be heading back before the season is over to pick pumpkins, go in the corn maze, take a hay ride and fire the pumpkin slingshot. And take another look at the spectacular beehive, preserved behind class inside the farm store.

When I returned home, the first thing I did was slice a big pot of apples, top them with a couple cups of water and 1 T. of cinnamon, and simmer a pot of applesauce all night long.

The second was make my grandma Hazel's apple cake. This is a weird recipe, but this cake is near perfect.

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It's full of flavor and large chunks of apple, and has this beautiful golden brown color all the way through. Just like my grandmother's. The first time I read her recipe, I had my doubts that she had recorded it correctly. Break eggs over the sliced apples? You just keep adding ingredients to the apples and stirring them?This isn't the baking science I know. But trust me, it works.


Hazel’s Apple Cake

(serves 12)

  • 4 c. apples
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 c. canola oil
  • 2 c. flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  1. Preheat oven to 325. Peel and slice four cups of apples, about 4-5 apples.
  2. Place in a large bowl. Break 3 eggs over apples. Mix well. Add sugar, oil and vanilla and mix well.
  3. Sift flour, baking soda and salt into bowl and mix well.
  4. Butter a 9x13 baking dish and dust with powdered sugar. Dump the excess powdered sugar out and then scrape the batter into the bowl and level with a spoon or spatula.
  5. Bake for 1 hour at 325. Cool and dust with powdered sugar, if desired.