Wednesday, October 15, 2008

October Celebrations

In America we recently celebrated Columbus Day. Well, I'm not sure if we really have celebrations, but the banks and post offices are closed. I was reminded of this holiday when I pulled into the bank on Monday morning and the parking lot was empty. Oops. I guess you can tell it's not a holiday I personally celebrate. However, we did have a celebration of another kind that day. It was also my mother-in-law's birthday.

She turned 79 that day. Her sister was also born on that day.

I would say that is cause for a family celebration. A little time spent in the kitchen baking.

And voila ~ Caramel Apple Cake

Perfect for a fall birthday.

Caramel Apple Cake
1-1/2 cups vegetable oil
1-1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3 eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3-1/2 cups diced peeled apples
1 cup chopped walnuts
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Caramel Icing:
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup light cream
1/4 cup butter or margarine
dash salt
1 cup confectioner's sugar
Chopped walnuts, optional
In a mixing bowl, combine oil & sugars. add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine dry ingredients; add to batter & stir well. Fold in apples, walnuts & vanilla. Pour into a greased & floured 10 in. tube pan. Bake at 325 for 1-1/2 hours or until cake tests done. Cool in pan 10 minutes; remove to a wire rack to cool completely. In the top of a double boiler over simmering water, heat brown sugar, cream, butter & salt until sugar is dissolved. Cool to room temperature. Beat in confectioner's sugar until smooth; drizzle over cake. Sprinkle with nuts if desired.
Yield: 12-16 servings.

So moist & delicious ~ enjoy!!


  1. Hi Kim, thanks so much for visiting and for your sweet comments too! I am in love with that little stove and the other miniatures! I would love to know where you found such cute ones!! If you wouldnt mind, could you tell me where you got them? and the colors in your kitchen are gorgeous too! Your Sofa on your header pic is just my style!

    Thanks, ~ Cynthia ~

  2. What a great recipe! I've never heard of it before. Is it a family recipe? I love that little cupcake, but had to stare at it for a sec. to make sure it wasn't real! haha!

  3. Hi Kim, that caramel apple cake looks delish! I could eat a piece right now to go along with my coffee.

    Happy Birthday to your mother-in-law!


  4. That cake looks so good. I've saved the recipe and will try it very soon.
    Happy Birthday to your mother in law and her sister.
    Enjoy your day.

  5. Happy belated Birthday to your dear Mother-in-law. That cake looks beautiful and I bet it tasted as good as it looked. Have a nice day! Twyla

  6. Thanks for sharing your apple cake...I will think of you when I serve it tomorrow night! I make almost the same apple cake, in a 9X13 pan...frosted with cream cheese icing. Tomorrow I will make yours.

    Thanks for your visit this morning.

  7. Thanks so much Kim, I adore it! Ive collected so many pieces for my daughter, but now she's not playing with them, shes 13 so that explains it ;) but I still do ;) Im off to Ebay now ;) thanks so much!! ~ Cyn ~

  8. Love the stove, it looks better then mine.
    check mine out...

  9. Oh yummy, sounds like the perfect fall dessert! I had to smile when I looked at your pictures because I noticed we even have the same blue check placemats!

  10. i'm going to be making that cake! Your blog is very beautiful, alot of beautiful things in your home.

  11. Wow that looks GOOD! We are definitely going to have to give that a try!
    Thank you for sharing it and visiting me on Barbie Wednesday!

  12. I LOVE the little's adorable!

    Cake looks yummy, too!


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