I’ve been in such a funk lately. I haven’t wanted to do anything at all. I’ve been meaning to post this recipe for weeks now and just haven’t been able to focus enough to finish it. Which is a bummer because it’s such a good recipe!
I’m also currently unable to post from my laptop. I don’t have a proper office space… yet. It’s such a pain typing everything out on my phone and then having my phone kicked out of my hand by a nursing baby, or, accidentally trashing the post.
But, this recipe was one of Mama’s favorites and I’m determined to share it with you!
I still remember the last time my mother made this for my siblings and I. We had picked up crates of apples from a local orchard to make pies, apple sauce and apple cake with. Our Pastor’s wife even came down to help because my mother’s illness was slowing her down a lot. Even though my mother was sick at the time it is still a pleasant memory.
As I pulled my ingredients together my mind wandered to that day. I remember Mama showing me how to chop the apples as she hummed along to the country music playing over the radio. She truly loved cooking and baking. It’s easy to see where my love of food came from. She gave me a strong foundation when learning to cook. I hope my kids have this love of cooking as well. My oldest seems the most interested in learning to cook. He loves watching Food Network to the point I had to download the app so he could stream his favorite shows. Chopped, The Pioneer Woman, and Halloween Wars. He melts my heart.
My mother’s recipe is extremely old. I made a couple adjustments because of personal preference and what I had on hand at the time. First, gather your ingredients, right away you can see I swapped the margarine for butter.
Next, peel, core, and chop your apples. I used Granny Smith because that is what I had. My mother swore by Cortland apples for all of her baking but, any tart baking apple will work for this recipe.
Next, using a mesh strainer over a separate bowl we are going to sift together our flour..
Now take your softened butter and toss it in your mixer, save the wrapper for later.
Turn the mixer on low and start creaming the butter, after a minute or two gradually begin adding the sugar…
Keep the mixer going until the butter and sugar is all creamed together. It should look nice and fluffy like this…..
Now you need two eggs….
I love that pretty greenish-blue color some of my hens produce. We have a moderate flock of backyard poultry and I don’t think I will ever go back to store bought eggs.
We are going to add these beauties into our mixer one at a time…
And here goes number two
Next comes the vanilla…
Now that the wet and dry ingredients are ready take the butter wrapper we set aside earlier and use it to butter a 9″ x 13″ baking pan.
Now that our pan is prepped we can start combining the wet and dry ingredients with the apples.
Start by adding a little the chopped apples into the sugar mixture…
Don’t forget to mix the apples in. Next add a little of the dry ingredients…
You’re going to keep alternating between the apples and dry ingredients until everything is combined.
By now you’re going to want to dive in to the batter because it smell DIVINE. But, you must resist. In the original recipe, this is where you would add chopped nuts. My kids aren’t that keen on nuts unless it is in peanut butter form so I just skip them.
Spread the batter into the buttered pan, taking care to spread it evenly.
Now it needs to go into an oven preheated to 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 minutes to an hour. The cake is done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Are you drooling? I know I am. YUM.
Once the cake is cooled you can cut yourself a nice slice. My niece and I decided to dress ours up with ice cream and caramel sauce. It was so good, but, it’s delicious all by itself.
Some recipes I found that were very similar called it German Apple Cake. I think Raw Apple Cake is just something my mother and grandmother called it. It’s texture is very like coffee cake and while it makes a great dessert, my mother actually made it a lot as a sweet breakfast.
I’ll write out the recipe down below for you. Be sure to let me know if you like the recipe in the comments! Do you have a favorite family recipe?
Sarah aka The Lazy Housewife
Mama’s Raw Apple Cake
1 stick butter or margarine (softened)
2 Cups sugar
2 eggs, unbeaten
4 Cups chopped Raw Apple
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
2 Cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Cream butter in stand mixer, add sugar gradually and mix until creamy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well between each one. Add vanilla. In a separate bowl sift together flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
Alternate adding apples and dry ingredients to the sugar mixture until everything is combined. Optional: add chopped nuts.
Spread batter into a greased 9″ x 13″ pan. Bake at 350 F for 45 minutes to an hour, or when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.