Cinnamon Apple Cake – The Merchant Baker
This is my favorite apple pie. (Now with updated photos, recipe card, and additional written content! 9-20-17)
Somehow I had
forgotten that I had a favorite apple pie recipe. I was still researching recipes to try to create my favorite apple pie recipe, when thankfully, I dug up this one.
Forgetting a favorite recipe is not unusual when one is obsessed with the recipe. I have shelves and shelves of recipe books, magazines, and clippings that I’ve gathered over the years.
Add to that a steady stream of new recipes and personal creations. Basically, that makes it a perfect environment for a treasured recipe to hide.
I have a system to capture my favorites now, but this one existed before the system and therefore escaped me.
Fortunately, there were some benefits to this temporary misdirection. I came across a delicious spiced applesauce cake that I might not have found if I hadn’t gone looking down the rabbit hole once again.
I made many other apple pies that would eventually validate that this is still my favorite. And finally, I had that wonderful feeling of finding a treasure once I realized I had a great recipe all the time.
Why is it my favorite? Once the reason is that it is full of apples! You’ll realize that fact once you start folding the apples into the cake dough. It almost seems that there is as much dough as apples.
Another reason, or really one of the secrets of this cake, is the addition of cream cheese. Add a creamy richness to this cake that is out of this world. No one will suspect it’s there, but everyone will appreciate what it does for this pie.
So I baked the cake and everyone loved it as much as I did. There were some adjustments needed to make the recipe even better. I reduced the sugar a little.
thought less sugar would let the taste of the apple shine. And guess what? No one noticed that I took out 1/2 cup full of sugar! But they did mention that it tasted more “apple-y.”
I filed this recipe safely with the rest of my favorites, never to be forgotten again.
This will be your favorite apple pie too, if you like a cake that is moist and a little dense, like a coffee cake, and full of apples.
When you bite into this cake, it will slightly remind you of eating apple pie, except that apples don’t splash all over your plate trying to escape both the crust and your fork while you’re trying to eat it.
The apples will be tender and well contained in a dough that gets a wonderful richness from cream cheese and a spicy sweetness from a cinnamon sugar powder.
The toppings are a bit crunchy when first cooled, but melt gently into the cake during storage. In fact, many people comment on how much they like that cinnamon sugar topping.
Cinnamon and apple pie. If you like apple pie, this recipe is a must-see. Just make sure you file it in a place you don’t forget about it.
Because this cake is anything but forgettable.
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