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HOME COOKING: Darnell's Apple Spice Cake

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By Deanna Godman

Jan Darnell of Elk Creek changed the recipe she found on the back of a cake mix to create her own version of apple spice cake. She found a spice cake mix that called for applesauce but decided that she wanted chunks of apples instead.

When apples are in season, Darnell uses fresh sliced apples. She often freezes sliced apples in the fall so she can make pies year round and uses those frozen apples for the cake out of season.

Darnell started making this cake about fifteen years ago. She usually takes it to meetings and potlucks and recently brought it to the Patchworkers Quilt Guild. It’s also a quick cake to make if “all of a sudden you’re going to have company.”

“It’s a quick cake and it’s moist,” said Darnell, on why she likes making this cake. It’s also kid friendly.

Darnell also likes to cook fresh vegetables. If her husband is helping, she puts them on the grill. Otherwise, she like to sauté the vegetables.

Darnell also loves to make Christmas cookies with her family. It has been a tradition in her family since she was a little girl making cookies with her grandmother. Last Christmas, her grandson was able to join in for the first time. She still makes some of her grandmother’s recipes, including her sugar cookie recipe and a rolled molasses cookie.

Another traditional cookie that Darnell’s mother started is meringue cookies, or what her family calls forgotten cookies. Her mother would grind up pecans to flavor them, but Darnell uses miniature chocolate chips

Darnell’s hobbies include quilting, basket making and gardening. She especially enjoys growing lilies and irises. She has twenty varieties of irises and thirty-six varieties of lilies.

Apple Spice Cake

1 apple spice cake mix (Darnell used Duncan Hines)

3 large eggs

1/3 cup vegetable oil

2 cups sliced fresh apples, peeled (can also use frozen)

cinnamon to taste

sugar to taste

Mix the apples in a bowl with the cinnamon and sugar. Set aside

Beat cake mix, eggs and oil together for 2 minutes.

Fold apple mixture into the cake batter.

Prepare either bundt pan or 9x13 pan with cooking spray. Pour batter in pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Cool cake in pan for 15 minutes, then invert pan on cooling rack and remove pan (if using bundt pan).

Frost the cake with cream cheese icing

Cream Cheese Icing

8 ounces cream cheese

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Beat together until creamy. Darnell only adds milk to her cream cheese icing if it is too thick.

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