Old Fashioned Warm Apple Cake

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Hello! I am back from my unplanned hiatus. My apologies! Between having a misbehaving stomach and a very humid summer, I haven't done much baking lately. It's finally getting cooler so it's back to baking weather! I received this email from Cooking Classy awhile ago and decided to try making it.

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I opted not to make the sauce since my husband and I are generally fans of simpler, less sweet treats. I did include it the recipe below. Easy to make and good to eat! I'd say the most time consuming part of this was chopping four cups of apples. (Something I manage to forget every year when I first start baking apple treats lol.)


Ingredients


Cake
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp table salt
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
4 cups peeled, cored and 1/4-inch diced apples*
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 large eggs
1/2 cup chopped pecans, for topping (optional)

Sticky brown sugar sauce
1/2 cup unsalted butter, diced into 1 Tbsp pieces
1 cup packed light-brown sugar
1/4 cup milk
1/4 tsp fine sea salt (or sub table salt)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Directions


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Spray a 13 by 8-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
In a medium mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves for 20 seconds, set aside.
In a separate medium mixing bowl toss apple cubes with lemon juice, set aside.
In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment whip together granulated sugar, brown sugar, and butter until pale and fluffy. Mix in eggs one at a time.
With mixer set on low speed slowly add in flour mixture and mix just until combined (batter will be really thick).
Add apples and mix just until combined (batter will still be thick).
Pour batter into prepared baking dish and spread into an even layer.
Bake in preheated oven until toothpick inserted into center comes out free of batter (a moist crumb is fine), about 33 - 38 minutes (prepare topping around last 5 - 10 minutes of baking so they'll both be served warm).
Let cool about 5 minutes then cut into squares and serve warm topping each slice with sauce and optional pecans.

For the sauce:
In a medium saucepan combine butter, brown sugar, milk and salt (you can add a little extra if you like more of a salted caramel/toffee flavor).
Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
Allow to boil 1 1/2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Let sauce cool slightly.
Serve warm over warm cake (note that as the sauce sits and cools the brown sugar will begin to crystalize.
Simply microwave it, in a large microwave safe bowl, until it bubbles, about 1 minute and whisk well).
*I highly recommend using a blend of tart and sweet apples for this cake. I used granny smith, golden delicious and gala.

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