Victor’s cousin Nancy gave him a recipe for an Apple Cake years ago.  It’s really, really good.  Today, however, we were home – without apples v- and Victor wanted to make a cake.  What we did have was a lot of dried fruit we had bought for our train trip home.

Apple Cake became Dried Fruit Cake.

Here’s Nancy’s original recipe and Victor’s tweaks, after:

Apple Cake

  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup oil
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 5 large apples

Preheat oven to 350°.  Peel and cut apples into small chunks.  Add 4 tsp sugar and 2 tsp cinnamon and stir together.

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and set aside.

Beat together eggs, OJ & vanilla.  Add oil, mix in flour mixture.

In a well-greased tube pan, pour alternate layers of batter and apples.  Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on top.

Bake at 350° for 1 1/2 hours or until cake tests done.

Cool before slicing.

Dried Fruit Cake

  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 2 cups chopped dried fruit (an assortment of pears, pineapple, apricots, dates, cherries, and peaches)

Preheat oven to 350°.  Peel and cut apples into small chunks.  Add 4 tsp sugar and 2 tsp cinnamon and stir together.

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and set aside.

Beat together eggs, OJ & vanilla.  Add oil, mix in flour mixture.  Dust fruit with flour and stir into batter.

Pour batter into a well-greased tube pan.  Top with pecans and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.

Bake at 350° for 1 1/2 hours or until cake tests done.

Cool before slicing.

It smells divine!

As soon as we finish our soup…..