Cinnamon Spiced Apple Cake

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Nothing quite says “fall” like apple desserts, laced with warming spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. pastry chef Heather Bertinetti has a great use for a bumper crop of apples in this not-too-sweet cake that would pair equally well with coffee or dessert wine.

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Hi, I'm Heather Bertinetti, and you're watching eHow.com. Well, Fall is finally here. It's my most favorite season ever and I am so psyched to make an apple cake with you guys today. So let's get to it. So here I have a cup and three quarters of canola oil and then I have three and a half eggs and a teaspoon of vanilla extract. I'm just going to whisk these two together, make sure they're completely incorporated and combined and we're going to add our sugar. This is two and a half cups of sugar. Let's get that all nice and incorporated and beat until smooth. Next I have my cinnamon, my baking powder and my flour, just refer to these as my dry ingredients. I'm going to add a little bit to start hold back on the rest and we'll get this mixed in. Flour tends to be very lumpy so the more you whisk it the smoother it will be. Try to get it all incorporated in there. This is going to be a very thick cake batter so if it seems like a lot of flour, it's not. Let's add the rest of our flour. See how the consistency is almost dough-like? The reason why our batter at this point is so thick is because apples contain a lot of water and we're going to put a bunch of diced whole apples in here so when the apples cook and they release all their juices and it comes out we need a substantial cake batter to absorb all that moisture. Now I have a quart of diced apples and a cup and three quarters of golden raisins. We're going to fold these in. Once again, we're going to start with a little bit at a time and just fold it into the batter, perfect, and now we'll fold in our raisins. This is where the muscle work comes in, beautiful. So now I have a nonstick pan here. We're going to add in our batter. Now you can use the back of your spatula. Now we're going to pop this in the oven at 350 degrees. It should bake for about 30 minutes but we're going to check it because every oven temperature is a little different. So here we have it guys. This is our apple cake. You've got to love Fall. I can't wait to try it. I'm Heather Bertinetti. Catch me again on eHow.com.

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