I have decided in my old age to take up baking. I figured if Grandma Moses could start painting at 78, it wasn’t too late for me. And, since it is finally apple season, apple cake seemed the perfect experiment. I read over Deb Perlman’s recipe and decided that even with my limited skills, I probably could make this cake. I even had the hutzpah to change the recipe a bit. The addition of the Calvados and candied walnuts is my contribution.
Since I was making this cake for company, Dom got a little nervous when he saw that I was baking. But he comforted himself with the knowledge that a good bakery was just down the street. But, when I pulled this little beauty out of the oven, both of us had our mouths open in happy shock. And, guess what, it tasted marvelous darling.
Deb Perlman’s Mom’s Apple Cake
For the apples:
- 6 apples, I used honey crisp
- 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon
- 5 tablespoons of ground sugar, I used dark brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon of Calvados
For the cake:
- 2 and 3/4 cups of flour, I used cake flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1 cup of oil, I used light tasting olive oil
- 2 cups of granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup of orange juice
- 1 tablespoon of Calvados
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
- 4 large eggs
- 1 cup of chopped walnuts, I used candied chopped walnuts
- heat oven to 350 degrees
- grease a tube pan, I used a springform pan
- Peel apples and cut into 1 inch chunks
- Toss apples with cinnamin, 5 tablespoons of sugar and 1 tablespoon of Calvados
- Stir flour, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl
- in a seperate bowl whisk oil, organge juice, Calvados, sugar, vanilla and eggs.
- Mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients
- Pour half of the batter into a prepared pan
- Spread half the apple chunks on top of the batter
- Pour remaining batter over the apples
- Top with remaining apples
- Spread walnuts over the apples
- Bake for 1 and 1/2 hours, my cake was done in 1 hour 20 minutes
- Cool completely before running knife between cake and pan and unmolding
Special Note: This cake is awesome on the first day but absolutely glorious and pudding-like on the days that follows. Store at room temperature covered with foil (if there is anything left). This recipe has been in my saved file for about a month but has merited a place in the Holiday Edition because my grandchildren requested this as dessert on Thanksgiving!
Thank you Deb Perlman for this wonderful cake and I hope you like my slight changes.
22 responses to “MOM’S APPLE CAKE – not my mom, Deb Perlman’s mom”
Yum! I love Calvados in desserts… and I just purchased some Pacific Rose apples from a nearby local farm. Thank you!
I think liquor adds another dimension to baked goods and adds moisture. Thanks for reading and commenting.
I am embarrased that I had to google Calvados, but I love this recipe. I might try it for a special night. Thanks for posting.
It’s OK, I had to google Calvados too. No idea it was a brandy! I thought perhaps it was a kind of apple.
You will enjoy it and the Calvados is wonderful ingredient to cook pork.
What a beautiful cake! I adore your little touches, especially the Calvados. It brings out the apple flavor so beautifully.
I love adding a liquor to a cake. I think it enhances the moisture.
Moisture, flavor, and interest!
What a yummy and tempting apple cake! I love the use of olive oil and calvados.
I felt very nervy making this change but a liquor always moistens a cake.
Looks like a great recipe. Anything with apples in it is popular around here.
The Calvados is good for pork also. Take good care and thanks for visiting, Darlene.
Oh wow! For a baking experiment, it looks absolutely mouthwatering 😋😋
Ooh, this looks delicious. I can almost smell those apples baking.
This apple cake looks beautiful! I love the straight sides from the springform pan, and the Calvados is a wonderful idea to add depth and flavor!
Bernadette, this looks delicious and has us all wanting a slice! 😀 I was cheering you on and no need for the bakery! I reckon they would love to have this for sale! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.
Sending you hugs Annika and thanks for the vote of confidence.
My family love apple cake. Thanks for the great share, Bernadette.
Sending you hugs my friend.
Sending you hugs this holiday season and thanks for your beautiful and interesting writing.
Thank you, Bernadette.