Monday morning. Hubby is at work, munchkin is taking a nap, and I am in the kitchen… Where else would I be? But, today’s kitchen duty is special; I am following a recipe to the “T”! Why? Because it’s my mother-in-law’s recipe. And you know what that means: it better be the best apple cake that I have ever made! 🙂
Fortunately Unfortunately, my in-laws live across the oceans, rivers, mountains, and seas, and they will not be able to taste my creation. But, don’t worry, their son is here and he will definitely know if this cake is like Mama’s, or not. We will find out soon. Munchkin and I are going to surprise him by taking a piece of this cake to him at work. He will be so excited!
And through the magic of the internet, soon is here (lunch with daddy was fun!) and the verdict is in: He loves it! In his own words, “Not quite like my mom’s…it must be the different climates, environment, oven (bla bla bla)…but I love it! It might even be better than mom’s!”. Cha-ching!
The only thing I did different was the addition of apple slices on top of the cake. Maybe that is why he thought it was better? Shrug…
The cake really is delicious. Moist, light, and sweet. Thanks for the recipe, Mama!
My Mother-in-Law’s Apple Walnut Cake
You will need:
- 3/4 cup instant wheat grits
- 3/4 cup flour
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1/3 cup lukewarm water
- 1 cup walnuts, chopped
- 4 apples, grated
For the Simple Syrup
You will need:
- 2 cups of water
- 2 cups of sugar
- 1 apple, quartered then thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients, excluding the apples and walnuts.
- In a separate bowl, mix together the wet ingredients.
- Add the mixture to the dry ingredients and stir in the apples and walnuts.
- Mix it all together until well blended and let stand for about 20 minutes.
- Put the mixture in a 9×13 cake pan and bake at 375 for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the cake begins to pull away from the sides of the pan.
In the meantime prepare the simple syrup.
- In a medium saucepan combine sugar and water.
- Bring to a boil, stirring, until sugar has dissolved.
- Allow to completely cool.
When cake is done, let it cool for a couple of minutes.
- Cut the cake into bars while it is still in the pan, then pour over the cooled simple syrup (see the bottom of the recipe for tips on simple syrup).
- Let cake stand on the counter for 30 minutes so to absorb the syrup.
- Lastly, cut an apple into thin slices, toss them in a couple of tablespoons of lemon juice, then arrange them on top of the cake. Drizzle a bit of the syrup on top of them.
About simple syrup:
If the cake is cool, you need hot syrup.
If the cake is hot, you need cold syrup.