Saturday, February 5, 2011

Apple Streusel Cake

I love everyday cakes like these. Simple, but tasty. Something that you can eat after dinner and doesn’t leave you feeling heavy. My kids told me that they wished they got dessert every day after dinner (which is quite a dream). This cake came together easily (which with four kids running around is a must sometimes) and was a real treat. I love the seasonings in this and it reminds me of fall with the apples. I didn’t make the glaze to go with it, but I think it would be better with it, so next time I’ll use it.

Apple Streusel Cake

For the streusel:
1 cup chopped apple (about 1 medium apple)
1 cup packed light brown sugar
½ cup sliced almonds
¼ cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
3 Tablespoons melted butter

For the cake:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ cup softened butter
½ sugar
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup orange juice

For the glaze:
½ cup powdered sugar
2 ½ teaspoons orange juice

Making the streusel:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a bundt pan well. In a medium bowl, combine brown sugar, apples, almonds, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir in melted butter. Set aside.

Making the cake:
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and baking soda. In a stand mixer beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping the bowl occasionally. Add vanilla.

Set mixer to low and alternately beat flour mixture and orange juice into the egg mixture. Spoon half of the batter into the bundt pan. Sprinkle half of the streusel over the batter.

Spoon the remaining batter over the streusel and spread evenly. Swirl batter with a knife to create a marble pattern.
Bake for 15 minutes. Remove cake from oven and sprinkle the top with the remaining streusel. Return cake to the oven and bake an additional 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Making the glaze:
Combine the powdered sugar and orange juice. Mix well. Turn cake out onto a serving plate. Drizzle glaze over cake and serve.


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