Grandgirl's Fresh Apple Cake from Georgia

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 3 hr
  • Prep: 30 min
  • Inactive: 1 hr
  • Cook: 1 hr 30 min
  • Yield: 16 to 20 servings
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Ingredients

Cake:

Butter, for greasing pan

2 cups sugar

3 eggs

1 1/2 cups vegetable oil

1/4 cup orange juice

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

3 cups peeled and finely chopped apples

1 cup shredded coconut

1 cup chopped pecans

Sauce:

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup buttermilk

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Generously grease a tube pan.
  2. For the cake: in a large bowl, combine the sugar, eggs, oil, orange juice, flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and vanilla extract; and mix well. Fold apples, coconut, and pecans into batter.
  3. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until a tester comes out clean, about 1 1/2 hours.
  4. Shortly before the cake is done, make the sauce: Melt the butter in a large saucepan, stir in the sugar, buttermilk, and baking soda, and bring to a good rolling boil, stirring constantly. Boil for 1 minute. Pour the sauce over the hot cake in the pan as soon as you remove it from the oven. Let stand 1 hour, then turn out onto a rack to cool completely.
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