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 has made for years. 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.


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.


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


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