I will preface my wife’s infamous apple spice cake recipe with a brief story. One day, my wife was preparing for a “women-only” party (or, at least that is the reason she gave when she told me why I couldn’t come). I was at work when she called in a panic, asking for my advice on what to make for the dessert she forgot to prepare for the party.
She only had 2 hours until she absolutely had to be in the car and on the way, so she needing something she could for sure prepare, and something that she would not be embarrassed to serve. So, I did some quick thinking on my feet, and reminded her of how much I loved her apple spice cake recipe she made for me a few weeks ago (with my primary hope being that there will be leftovers when she gets back from her party).
Her response was simply “Aha! Love ya honey…” and then an abrupt hang-up. When I got home, I found her standing by the oven, counting down the minutes until her creation would be finished. This stuff is that good – you just can’t leave its side.
Anyway, here is how she did it:
1) Take out your 12-inch Dutch oven. If you do not have one, you will need one – if not for this, then something else. We love ours.
2) You will need to peel, core, slice, and then quarter 8 large apples (we prefer granny smith). Place these apples in the Dutch oven, along with 1/2 cups of chopped walnuts, 1/2 cups of dried raisins, 1 cup of dark brown sugar, 1/2 cups of chopped walnuts, 2 tablespoons of flour, 1 tablespoon of ground nutmeg, and 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon.
3) Next, just pour your cake batter into the oven, making sure to cover all of the real estate thoroughly, leaving no sight of your apples. Spread the batter, making sure it is even all the way around.
4) Bake the mixture in your Dutch oven for 1 hour at 8-10 briquettes on the bottom, and 14-16 briquettes on the top. This is mostly an arbitrary amount of time, and can vary based on the oven you are using. If you can push on the center of the cake, and the top pops back up, then your cake is ready.
We like to finish this recipe off with a healthy portion of whipped cream, but the amount of which is up to your discretion. Enjoy!