Birthday Cake Bliss

My husband is so sophisticated. For his birthday treat at work, he requested apples with cheese. I would have requested confetti cake. But that's the kind of two-year-old nerd I am.

At home, his only request was a dessert with apples. So I found this bundt cake recipe in a delightful cookbook, Bundt Cake Bliss: Delicious Desserts from Midwest Kitchens.

Low Fat Apple Cake
From Bundt Cake Bliss

3 c flour
1 1/2 c sugar
1 t baking soda
1 t salt
1 t cinnamon (and if you're like me, a pinch of ground cloves and ground allspice)
1 scant cup unsweetened apple sauce
1/2 c vegetable oil
3 eggs
1 t vanilla extract
3 medium apples, chopped (about 3 cups)

Preheat oven to 350. Grease and dust with flour the bundt pan and set aside. Combine dry ingredients and set aside. Mix applesauce, oil, eggs and vanilla until smooth. Add to dry ingredients and stir until just blended. Fold in the chopped apples. Pour into prepared pan.

Bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let it cool in the pan for 10 minutes (and only 10 minutes--any longer and you risk it sticking to the pan) then turn on to a wire rack to cool. Dust with powdered sugar.

A few notes: take care to grease and dust the pan thoroughly so the bundt doesn't stick. The great thing about this cake is the applesauce replaces much of the fat and keeps this cake moist. Try to use at least two types of apples in the cake to create a nice well-rounded flavor. I used Gala and Haralson. It's so delicious!

And happy birthday to Mr. you-know-who!


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