DRUMROLL PLEASE… I made a dessert again! Those who know me are wide-eyed, open-mouthed staring, and those who don’t know me are like, “what’s the big deal?” I don’t bake, so this was my semi-annual attempt at making something sweet for the sweet tooths in my family. I’ll have to admit that this Apple Bundt Cake is delicious! It is simple to make and if I can make it, anyone can!
My problem with baking is two-fold. 1) I’m not a sweets eater and 2) I hate to measure ingredients! I’m more of a “that looks like a teaspoon” type person. Also, when cooking I can taste test as I go along and add whatever I think the recipe needs. In baking, the measurements need to be more precise so that the texture and structure work well. Does anyone else feel the same way?
The hardest part of this recipe is peeling, coring, and dicing the apples. Once that is out of the way, the rest is simply measuring and adding in a certain order.
Begin by preparing a bundt pan with a light coating of butter and a sprinkling of flour. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
In the bowl of a KitchenAid mixer add the eggs, oil, orange juice, orange zest and sugar. Beat until thoroughly combined and smooth. If you do not have a stand mixer a hand-held mixer will work. Just an FYI, this batter is very thick. It may be too thick for a hand-held mixer. If so, switch to a wooden spoon. Whatever you need to do to get this batter smooth and combined, it’s worth the effort!
Slowly add the flour mixture 1/4th at a time. Continue mixing. When all the flour is incorporated, add the vanilla flavoring. Remove the bowl from the mixer and add the apples and walnuts. Stir well and pour into the prepared bundt pan.
Bake in a preheated 325-degree oven for 1 hour 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Turn out onto a plate and let cool.
Serve with freshly made whipped cream, ice cream, or all by itself.
APPLE BUNDT CAKE
- 3 eggs
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cups vegetable oil
- 1 orange juiced and zested
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 large Granny Smith apples peeled, cored, and diced
- 1 cup walnuts chopped
- Add the sugar, eggs, oil, and orange juice and zest to the bowl of a KitchenAid mixer. Mix until smooth and combined.
- Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Add by 1/4ths into the mixer bowl. Mix after each addition but do not overwork.
- Remove the bowl from the mixer. Add the vanilla extract, apples, and walnuts. Using a wooden spoon, mix until thoroughly combined.
- Pour the batter into a prepared bundt pan. The batter will be very thick.
- Bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for 1 hour 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.