I really don’t consider myself much of a baker, but I’m here to tell you I nailed this cake. I mean NAILED it (did you get that?). Today I’m sharing with you what I call The Best Apple Nut Cake.
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I really can’t take all the credit for this cake. My mom’s good friend, Sonjia (and mine too!), used to take her a loaf of this Apple Nut Cake every year for Christmas when she lived here in NC. Mama enjoyed it so much she asked her for the recipe.
Mama was nice enough to include this recipe in the “blonde” cookbook she made for me when I moved out on my own. After many failures in the kitchen as a teenager, I asked her to (literally) write the directions that any cooking dummy could understand. It has directions like, “put the lid on the pot”. For real. Thanks, Mama.
This cake is perfectly moist and chock full of fresh apples, pecans and coconut. It MUST be on your fall baking agenda.
And yes, I took a big ‘ole bite of that slice right before I photographed this picture.
And WHY, you might ask, do I call this the BEST Apple Nut Cake?
‘Cause my mama said so… THAT’S WHY (she’s gonna kill me but I’ll deal with that later!). Sorry, Mama.
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- ¼ cup orange juice
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 3 eggs at room temperature
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups chopped apples that have been cored and peeled (I used granny smith)
- ½ cup shredded coconut
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 1-1/2 cup confectioners' (powdered) sugar
- 3 tablespoons milk
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a bundt pan or 2 loaf pans.
- In a large bowl, cream together sugar and vegetable oil, stirring with a large spoon.
- Add orange juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, vanilla and baking soda. Stir well to combine.
- Add eggs, 1 at a time and stir well between adding each egg.
- Slowly add flour, stirring well. Gently stir in apples, coconut and pecans (batter will be thick).
- Pour into greased bundt pan or 2 loaf pans. Bake for 1 hour, or until toothpick inserted is removed clean. Cool on a wire rack.
- In a small bowl whisk together confectioners' sugar and milk until smooth. Drizzle over cake.