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Miss Finney’s Apple Cake

We had apples in the house that needed eating. Now… One could grab an apple and eat it out of hand like a normal person, or one could make an apple cake. Guess which one I chose?!?

Our go-to apple cake has been a recipe Victor got from his cousin, Nancy, years ago. It’s great, no question about it. But this time around, I wanted something a bit different. And whenever I want something a bit different, I start looking in Mom’s Cook Books.

The first recipe I saw was called Miss Finney’s Apple Cake. With a name like that, I figured there had to be something to it – and since mom had written Great! on the page, I thought I’d give it a try.

I think the real reason I chose this one was because you don’t have to peel the apples – you simply grate them, peel and all! Plus, it called for coconut – something I bought too much of over Christmas and never used. It’s about cleaning out the cupboards!

One thing I noted on the recipe was mom had crossed out “Buttermilk Sauce.” Nothing unusual, since mom had a habit of taking recipe ideas and creating her own dishes from them. (Sound familiar?!?) But I was curious, so I googled “Miss Finney’s Apple Cake” and actually got a few results – with the missing Buttermilk Sauce. It seems the original recipe called for making a sauce with butter, sugar, and buttermilk, and pouring it over the cake while it was still warm. I’m agreeing with mom, here… it sounds totally unnecessary!

I did make a simple cream and powdered sugar glaze to go on top, however.

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The cake?!? Rich and moist. Not too sweet, either. The apples just sort of melt into the cake and the coconut gives a nice texture.

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And here’s the missing Buttermilk Sauce recipe, if you’re so inclined…

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No matter how ya do it, it will be good.

 

 

 

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