Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Honey-Apple Cake Recipe

This delicious recipe is from an old edition of Southern Living. I picked up a jar of local honey at the Downtown Market on Saturday, and I've been eager to try it in a few recipes since then. I must restrain myself from eating too much!

1 cup chopped pecans
2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup honey
3 large eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups chopped apples

Grease and flour a 12-cup Bundt pan; sprinkle bottom of pan with 1/4 cup pecans. Set aside. Beat sugar, oil, and honey at medium speed with an electric mixer until well blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended. Combine flour and next 4 ingredients. Gradually add to sugar mixture, beating at low speed just until blended. Stir in vanilla, remaining 3/4 cup pecans, and apple. Spoon over pecans in pan. Bake at 350° for 55 to 60 minutes.

After the cake has cooled for a few minutes, take it out of the pan and top it with some of this delicious honey sauce:

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup milk

Bring all ingredients to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring constantly; boil, stirring constantly, 2 minutes.

You won't need all of the honey sauce for the cake, so you can save some to warm and serve over ice cream. ;)

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