Tastes Like Fall

Heck, it smells like fall too!  Our kitchen has been inundated with the crazy delicious, quintessential fall aroma of cinnamon and apples.  Paul’s comment, “It smells like a cinnamon roll in here.”

Most people know that fall doesn’t really exist in Santa Barbara.  We do experience those crisp mornings, leaves that change from kelly green to crimson red, that golden light that only shines on late autumn afternoons.  We get these beautiful gifts from nature, but not really until late November and only for a few weeks.

But occasionally we’re blessed with a chilly, breezy, sunny morning where it just feels like fall earlier than expected.  This is one of those mornings.  What better way to celebrate that with a cinnamon apple cake?

This is a throw out to my girl, Connie, who is one of the best para-educators I’ve ever worked with.  She discovered this recipe and posted it to her Facebook page which is where I found it.  Her birthday is coming up in about a week so Connie, this one is for you!

Recipe Notes:  This is a VERY simple recipe with VERY simple ingredients and because of that it is delicious and so easy to make!  The flavors are on point.  If you have a 9-inch spring form pan available, I would use that rather than a regular round cake pan.  It just makes it easier to keep the cake looking lovely and in tact when serving.  Also, my never-ending struggle in baking is to not overcook or undercook my baked goods.  Unfortunately, I undercooked this.  I used a toothpick to test the cake before pulling it out of the oven but I didn’t trust it.  Moral of the story, trust the toothpick and give this cake about 10-12 extra minutes of oven time.

Cinnamon Apple Cake (recipe care of 12tomatoes.com)

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INGREDIENTS:  2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 large apple (peeled and chopped), 1 cup vegetable oil, 1 cup dark brown sugar, 1/2 granulated white sugar, 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, 2 large eggs, 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a 9-inch round cake pan.  In a medium bowl, mix together the eggs and oil.  Add the cinnamon, white and brown sugars, and vanilla extract and mix until combined.  Add the flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder, and mix until thoroughly incorporated.  Fold in the apples and the nuts and pour batter into prepared pan.  Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 45 minutes.  Let cool for 15 minutes before slicing and serving.  Enjoy.

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