The Expected Fall “Apple Picking” Post…plus!!

As I blog hop, there is a common theme this time of year.  It usually comes in the form of pumpkins, apple picking and hay rides.  I have to say, they all begin to look alike after a while.  Cute kids.  Crisp pink noses.  Huge, orange pumpkins.  Red apples…and lots of apple recipes.  I’d like to tell you this post will be different.  But, it won’t.

There are cute kids with pink noses.

Orange pumpkins.

Piles of apples in wagons.

And a Bonus!!  The bonus is one of the most killer apple cake recipes I have ever come across.  This recipe was given to me by my dear friend, Amanda.  As I was concocting this post in my head last night, she came to mind.  Her recipe, came to mind and I smiled.  There is something really special about exchanging recipes with a friend.  Usually, it comes with a story or a memory of sharing that special meal or dessert.  I remember the first time I had this recipe… it was at Amanda’s old, old house! 🙂  We were there with a bunch of friends, just hanging out, with all of our kids.  I love those times!  But, the moment she sliced that cake, time stood still.  With one taste of that Caramel Apple Cake,  suddenly the flavors embodied the moment.  I’m sure you have recipes that have impacted your life!  Those recipes, that when you make and eat them, you are taken back to a time or reminded of someone special.

This recipe is special to me.  I want to share it with you…and thank Amanda, for sharing it with me.  I miss you my friend!!

Caramel Apple Cake~shared by Amanda

Preheat oven to 350 F.

2 Cups sugar

1 1/2 Cups vegetable oil

2 tsp vanilla

3 eggs

3 Cups flour

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. baking soda

2 medium granny smith apples, peeled, finely chopped

1 Cup nuts (I use pecan) chopped

Mix together sugar, vegetable oil, vanilla and eggs in an electric mixer.  In a medium bow, mix together flour, salt and baking soda.  Add dry ingredients to wet mixture and mix just until blended.  Add the apples and nuts and mix just until blended.

Pour cake batter into a greased bundt pan.

Bake cake for 1-1 1/2 hour…until knife comes out clean.

While cake is baking put…

1/2 Cup butter

1/2 Cup brown sugar

2 tsp. milk

In a small saucepan and boil until it becomes a golden caramel.

Pour on warm cake.