Apple Pound Cake – and Being the Person You Need :)

You ever have one of those days where you just feel a little bit defeated, a little bit battle weary, and you kinda just want to hide in a hole but life won’t let you? We all have those from time to time, they’re par for the course of us being humans. I’m grateful for those days, though, because going through them helps me to be able to recognize when someone else is there – and that is when I can be the most helpful.

You know the great thing about that? It takes so little to perk someone right up. A sincere smile with eye contact, someone taking the time to give you a hug and say “Hey, hang in there, this too shall pass.”

The tiniest gesture from a good hearted person can shine through like a solar flare when you’re feeling a little darkness in your heart.

In the past years I’ve come to realize that sometimes God shows us our own needs to help us realize that they are other people’s needs as well. So if you’ve ever needed someone to comfort you, to tell you that you’re doing great, to give you a hug and tell you they’re proud of you…that is your cue to do that for someone else.

Be the person you need for someone else today.

And now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, on to apples :)

This is an old fashioned cake that really has the texture and taste of a pound cake with apple-y goodness tossed in. Although the traditional ingredients for pound cake aren’t there – there is far less sugar and no butter, you’ll still get the feel and taste of pound cake with the dense moistness.

The cake itself is clean and simple in flavor, just slightly sweet and not enough to fight with the apples for the main attraction. This is a great treat to have with coffee or as an afternoon snack. Oh who am I kidding? It has fruit so it can TOTALLY count as a breakfast, too!

You’ll need: Sugar, vegetable oil, orange juice, baking powder, vanilla, eggs, all purpose flour, cinnamon, and about five apples.

I’m using a mix of Gala and Granny Smith but whatever you have will work just fine.

Place sugar, flour, eggs, baking powder, oil, vanilla, and orange juice in a large mixing bowl.

Blend with an electric mixer until smooth and well blended.

In a small bowl or cup, combine sugar (see exact amounts at bottom of this recipe) and cinnamon.

Stir them together until they’re mixed up good.

Grease the living daylights out of your bundt pan.

Last week my friend Jyl got her first ever bundt pan and called to tell me about it. I was kind of suprised she hadn’t had one before because I think they’re just the bees knees. She asked if I greased mine with shortening and flour or if I just used cooking spray. I replied “I never use cooking spray in my bundt pan, I always use crisco and flour to make sure it comes out of the pan easily.” I really truly thought I was telling the truth because in my head, that is what I do. Then I started doing this tutorial and reached for the baking spray and sprayed this pan until it cried uncle – and I felt bad because I realized that I hadn’t been truthful with Jyl, although I didn’t mean to.

So Jyl, I’m sorry. I was telling you the best way to do it – I just prefer the lazy way :)

Oh Wait, do y’all watch Duck Dynasty? I know a lot of you do. Mama and I had lunch with Kori Robertson and her Mama this past weekend so I thought I’d share the photo in case you missed it on the Southern Plate Facebook Page. They are what Southerner’s refer to as “plain old people” which is one of the highest compliments you can pay to someone who is “famous” and “known”. It means that they are good hearted and hold others in higher regard than themselves, and that they don’t put on airs. They are both as friendly, gracious, and kind as the day is long. I can’t say enough good things about them.

My brother and sister were having cow fits wanting us to get something autographed for each of them so I hooked them up, how do you like this? ~giggles~

Anyone with siblings will get a giggle out of this one. I haven’t decided which one I’m going to give it to yet…

Back to the cake

Pour in half of your cake batter and top with half of your chopped apples.

Generously sprinkle those with half of the cinnamon sugar mixture.

Then top with the rest of your cake batter.

Now add the rest of your apples to the top and sprinkle them with the remainder of the cinnamon sugar mixture.

Bake at 350 for about an hour to an hour and ten minutes.

This is what it looks like after about fifteen minutes.

It was pretty cool looking so I took a photo in case any of y’all are as easily amused as I am

While that is baking let me tell you what Mama and I were up to this past weekend!

We went to the Lifeway DotMom conference in Birmingham, Alabama and I wish all mothers could go to one of these! It was SO encouraging and just gave mothers a weekend of being built up, enriched, and encouraged.

Whoops! Is that the oven timer?

Our cake is done!

Allow to cool in pan for ten minutes before turning out to cool completely.

Before serving, dust with confectioner’s sugar.

Enjoy this dense, moist, and lightly sweet cake :)

Please note: This is not a really sweet cake, it is more filling like a coffee or pound cake. If you’re looking for a sweeter apple cake, I suggest trying Apple Dapple Cake. Actually, the best thing you could do is make both! heehee!

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Apple Pound Cake

Apple Pound Cake

Ingredients

    Cake
  • 3 cups all purpose (plain) flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • Filling
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 5 medium apples, peeled and chopped

Instructions

  1. Generously grease a bundt pan and preheat oven to 350.
  2. Combine all cake ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix with electric mixer until well blended and smooth.
  3. Pour half of batter into bundt pan. Top with half of chopped apples.
  4. Stir together 1/2 cup sugar and 3 tablespoons cinnamon. Sprinkle 1/2 of this over the apples.
  5. Pour remaining batter over apples and top this with remaining apples and remaining cinnamon sugar.
  6. Bake at 350 for 1 hour to 1 hour, 10 minutes. Allow to cool in pan for ten minutes before turning out to cool completely.
  7. Dust generously with confectioner's sugar before serving.
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Comments

  1. Jane Ann Fields says

    Your Apple Dapple cake was wonderful! I’ve never made a cake that was eaten so fast. Took some to a friend and after eating a piece for evening and then breakfast asked for more. There is one sliver left. Just like I remember when I was a child and mother would make it. I remember many saying they had a good apple cake recipe. I always answered but this is an Apple Dapple cake!

  2. Lori says

    I sat right behind Willie, Corey and their family at church a few weeks ago. I also met Corey’s mom. I was visiting the church and they were truly gracious. How fun that you got to meet and visit with them!

  3. Wendy says

    I am so jealous Christy Jordan!!!! I LOVE Duck Dynasty. My husband thinks that it is hilarious that I am so in love with this show. I am so glad to know that the Robertsons are as advertised. And this cake looks great by the way. I can’t wait to try it.

  4. flyn says

    I made this cake right after dinner. Easy and straight-forward. It’s past midnight now, where I am… The kids and the mister are asleep. I couldn’t wait to have it for breakfast. So I did what every sane mum would do…I snuck into the kitchen and cut myself a slice. You know, for testing purposes. After the first bite, my eyes nearly rolled all the way back and my knees nearly gave way under me. This cake is THAT good!!! Thank you for sharing this recipe :)

  5. Kathy says

    This sounds so good I’m taking it to the potluck at church tomorrow. Love the autograph too. My husband and his buddies used to hang around with David Hasselhoff. Met up with him one afternoon and asked him to autograph a photo for an adoring fan girlfriend of mine – so he signed, “Thanks for last night, Chickie”. (David’s naughty streak came out – tee hee). Gotta’ say she loved it!

  6. Betty says

    I made this cake and it is so yummy but some of the first layer of apples and cinnamon sugar sank to the bottom and caramelized making it hard to get out of the pan. It left big chunks in the bottom. Still tasted great tho. Just not as pretty as I had hoped it would be.

  7. Michelle says

    I just finished making my second cake. The first one I made a little over a week ago and it was a big hit at my office. Now I made one for the family! I can’t wait to cut into it tomorrow!!! Thank you for an awesome, easy recipe!

  8. Kathryn Nejdl says

    Thank you for your words “Be the person you need for someone else today” — I absolutely it, and needed to hear it. Thank you for posting the recipe too. I think I’ll make two and give one away to a neighbor. :)

  9. Karla S says

    Can’t wait to try this – I LOVE the Apple Dappler’ ;) I make that all the time thanks to you! But what I wanted to comment on was your sense of humour – I don’t know if you’re the youngest, but I am, and the signed autograph would have MADE my day! Sometimes us littl’uns need to get our own back on those older siblings!! :-) Reminds me of the birthday card I bought my oldest sister (she’s 17 yrs older) – showed a picture of a hieroglyphic and someone brushing some dust off it – inside it said…. “Great News!!! They found your birth certificate!” :) (now I’m the one giggling…) Thanks again Christy – for all you do.

  10. Janet Bradley says

    What kind of apples did you use. Can you use a mixture of different apples. I am going to print the recipe, but will hold off making it until I hear back from you regarding the types of apple (s) that you suggest. Thanks, Jn

  11. Sharon says

    That’s Kori’s mom?? She looks more like her sister. Four beautiful ladies doing lunch! Wish I was there. Can’t wait to try this cake. We picked lots of apples this season, and getting tired of apple pie. (Never thought I’d hear myself say THAT). This looks like it will do nicely. Thanks, Christy!

  12. Sylvia Jacobus says

    I love the concept of this cake, but I”m out of time. Company coming tonight. Thought I would mix up a cake mix, yellow and use my apple pie filling in between the layers. I know it’s cheating but what’s a girl to do???? got 6 hungry men coming tonight to rehearse some 1920′s jazz. Thank you for so many great ideas and recipes. Love the thoughts you share. Son is fighting cancer and I have a lot of days that I feel like a hole’s been poked all the way thru me. Your encouraging words are not wasted.

  13. Cyndi McMahan says

    Christy, I so enjoy your food blog! I am a displaced Southern Belle from Alabama, who now lives in the beautiful state of Wyoming. I look forward to trying out many of your fall recipes on our church family. Keep up the good work and thank you for making me feel a little closer to home when I open your email each day. Blessings to you and your family!

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