I was fixing Sunday dinner for me, Cliff, and our daughter's family today. I wanted a dessert that wouldn't involve too much work and would require only ingredients I already had on hand. Raw Apple Cake came to mind. However, that particular recipe is in a tattered old church cookbook, and I don't know where it is. I wasn't in the mood to go upstairs and search through boxes, so I did a Google search for "raw apple cake".
The first recipe I looked at was similar to my old one, with the same proportions of oil and sugar. My old recipe required raisins, this one did not... but asked for coconut. Oh well, I have coconut, and decided to try this new version.
Folks, it's great! I went back to the on-line recipe and copied it for my recipe file. I may as well share it with my readers. After all, apple season has started in Missouri.
RAW APPLE CAKE
"You simply cannot go wrong with this raw apple cake. The ingredients of coconut and the apples ensure that the cake will be moist and flavorful." Preparation time: 20 minutes to prepare, 1 hour to cook, 30 minutes to cool.
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil (we use grapeseed oil)
2 cups of sugar
3 cups of white flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 cups chopped apples (varieties that are good for baking - i.e. granny smith, gravenstein, Fuji)
1 cup of coconut (the fresh grated, not the dried. If you use dried, soak first in water.) (note from donna... I used dried, and did not soak it)
1 cup of chopped nuts - walnuts or pecans
Preheat oven to 350 degree F.
Beat sugar and oil. Add remaining ingredients. Bake in a greased and floured bundt cake pan about 1 hour. Test around the centers with a long thin bamboo skewer or toothpick to make sure the cake is done.
When cool enough to handle, gently remove from pan. If the dough has raised substantially around the middle areas of the bundt ring, you may need to use a bread knife to gently level off the cake so that it sits even.
1/2 stick sweet butter
1 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons milk
Blend glaze ingredients and cook until melted. Place the cake on its serving dish. Prick all around the top of the cake with a fork so that when the glaze is applied it easily seeps into the cake. Use a pastry brush to apply the glaze liberally around the surface areas of the cake, or use a spoon to dribble the glaze on the cake.