Saturday, October 12, 2013

Sunday's Harvest Cake

I decided after this week of perfect October weather down on the dairy farm, it must be time to fill the kitchen with the aroma of fall. After flipping through a shelf full of recipe books,  I found  Fall Harvest Cake in Sassafras, The Ozarks Cookbook from the Junior League of Springfield, Missouri.  It seemed to be the perfect fall  recipe  choice  with ingredients of pumpkin, apple and cinnamon!

Fall Harvest Cake

1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ginger (optional)

1 cup vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
4 eggs
2 cups flour,sifted
1 16 oz. can pumpkin
1 large apple, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup nuts,chopped

3 1/2 cups powdered sugar,sifted
1/2 cup butter,softened
1 8-ounce package cream cheese,softened
2 teaspoons vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Generously grease and flour a Bundt pan. In a large bowl, thoroughly mix sugars, cinnamon, soda, salt, nutmeg, ginger, oil, vanilla, and eggs. Add flour 1/2 cup at a time, beating after each addition. Mix  in pumpkin. Stir in apple and nuts by hand. Pour into prepared Bundt pan. Bake 70 minutes. Cool 20-25 minutes. Remove from pan and spread with icing prepared by blending all ingredients until smooth. Store in refrigerator. Serves 12.

I'm pretty sure a  slice of this cake with a big dip of vanilla ice cream
 will be a perfect harvest treat down on the dairy farm!
Happy Sunday!

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