Chunky Apple Walnut Cake

Dark, moist, and chunky with a delicious glaze

Cake
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
2 cups granulated sugar
3 eggs
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, sifted
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground mace
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
1 cup whole wheat flour, sifted
1 1/4 cups shelled walnuts, coarsely chopped
3 1/4 cups  coarse chunks of peeled and cored Rome Beauty Apples
3 Tablespoons Calvados or Applejack
Apple Cider Glaze, recipe follows

1.  Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
2.  In a large bowl, beat vegetable oil and sugar until thick opaque.  Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
3.  Sift together all-purpose flour, cloves, cinnamon, mace, baking soda and salt, then stir in whole wheat flour.  Add to oil and egg mixture and mix until well blended.
4.  Add walnuts, apple chunks and Apple Jack all at once and stir batter until pieces are evenly distributed.
5.  Pour batter into a greased 10-inch round cake pan.  Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
6.  Let cake rest for 10 minutes, then unmold and pour glaze over warm cake, or cut cake and pour glaze over slices

One 10-inch cake, 10-12 portions

Glaze
4 Tablespoons sweet butter
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
6 Tablespoons sugar
3 Tablespoons Applejack
4 Tablespoons sweet cider
2 Tablespoons fresh orange juice
2 Tablespoons heavy cream

Melt butter in small saucepan and stir in both sugars. Add remaining ingredients, stir and bring to a boil. Reduce heat slightly and cook for 4 minutes.  Remove from heat and cool slightly.  Pour while still warm over cake.

Mom/Rachel

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