Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Uncle Bob's Fresh Apple Cake (Paula Deen)

I like apple cakes!

Strangely, I have baked only TWO decent apple cakes for my entire four years of blogging at here and here. Seriously! I need to bake more apple cakes!

After searching for many Paula Deen's recipes, I have discovered this wonderful apple cake recipe and it is always famously known as Uncle Bob's fresh apple cake.

Uncle Bob? I'm sorry that I really don't know any uncle named Bob. I assume that he is Paula Deen's relative as this recipe originates from here at Paula Deen.com or Food Network. In fact, this popular recipe has been highly reviewed with mostly 5 stars recommendations. With no hesitation, I know that this is the apple cake that I need to bake and eat.

This recipe reminds me of the Belinda Jeffery's quick and easy pear cake that I have baked. Just mix everything and bake... How easy? Unlike Belinda Jeffery's pear cake, this cake recipe contains more oil, flour, less fruit and no water added which makes the batter more viscous batter. In return, this recipe yields a lightly crusted cake with moist, dense and flavoursome cake texture. The reviews are really true. This is truly highly recommended. It is a delicious apple cake with a nice hint of sweetness and saltiness... What more can I ask for? Uncle Bob or Paula Deen to bake for me? Not necessary! *wink*

With no hesitation again, I like to rate this recipe 5 stars too but only if only my apple cake is drizzled with just honey, not the icing sugar loaded glaze recommended in Paula's recipe. All because I like to keep my apple cake as real as it is. I reckon that the extra sugary glaze will ruin the cake, masking its real apple and honey taste which is essentially all that I'm after.

uncle Bob's fresh apple cake Paula Deen
Uncle Bob's Fresh Apple Cake, baked by me, Zoe, NOT Bob!
This is an apple cake made with real apples!
To bake this cake, all you need is to whisk...
... mix in these, vanilla and walnuts...
... and bake!
This is me enjoying this cake with honey... honey only because I don't like extra sugar in the glaze!

Here's the recipe from Food Network or here at Paula Deen.com
(with my notes and modification in blue)

For the cake:
3 cups diced Granny Smith apples, about 2 small apples
1 cup lightly toasted chopped walnuts
(I used only 50g)
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp ground cinnamon
3 cups (450g) all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
(replaced with 1 1/2 tsp baking powder)
1 tsp salt - yes, must add this amount!
2 cups sugar (reduced to 200g and the sweetness is just right for me)
1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
(I used rice bran oil)
3 eggs

Instead of making honey glaze with honey, icing sugar and milk. I use just honey to glaze. If you prefer to use the honey glaze to drizzle your cake, please refer to the original recipe at Food Network.

Preheat the oven to 325°F (or 150°C fan forced). Lightly grease a Bundt pan or tube pan and I'm using a 20cm tube pan.

In a bowl, mix together the apples, walnuts, vanilla, and cinnamon. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda / powder, and salt.

Using an electric mixer or a hand whisk, beat the sugar, oil, and eggs in a large bowl. Add in the dry ingredients and beat until completely combined. Fold in the apple mixture.

Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 1 hr and 30 mins or until a tester inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean. I have baked mine for 1 hr 15 mins.

Allow the cake to fully cool in the pan, about 1 hr, and then turn it out onto a plate.

Drizzle the apple cake honey glaze or just honey to serve and enjoy!

The cake can be wrapped tightly and stored in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days.

Happy Baking
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  1. hum... now that u say it,,, i m so guilty.. j think i havent baked any apple whatever bakes ...must get onto... this cake looks like another good keeper for my church bakes

  2. Love the drizzle of honey on top of the slice!

  3. Woow...such a fresh apple cake with honey looks so yum....

  4. Wow! May I have a piece please? It looks so yummy with honey and I'm drooling now.

  5. This looks absolutely scrumptious! I love making apple sauce from scratch and I mix granny smith and fuji apples for the right amount of tart and sweetness to my liking. Love the idea of this, simple and I'm sure it's just delicious! I really am going to try making.

  6. Zoe, would you believe it that I have not ever eaten apple cakes? LOL! I think it is time for me to venture out and buy some apples. I would skip the glaze too if I baked this cake.

  7. wow... that apple cake looks killing... I've baked with apples just once and loved it, but don't know why I never repeated it again... gotta bake this one soon, especially since it has green apples!

  8. Hi Zoe , boy this cake looks so fluffy and light . Got to try it and soon , so quick and easy . Thanks for sharing :)

  9. I also love apple cakes. And their perfume all over the kitchen after I bake them. Yours looks just delicious.

  10. This should be your title : Fresh apple cake , baked by Zoe , inspired by Paula Deen's Uncle Bob lol I need to bake something with apples ! Your cake looks really good and I agree with you , honey is better than the sugar-loaded icing that Miss Deen clearly adore :D

  11. Can have a super huge slice of this cake without any fuss.

  12. Hi Zoe,
    Wow! You're fast ! Love your apple cake & the texture is soo soft! I'm not fan of honey glazing too & just honey is definitely tastier . Thanks for your support & the link is open , finally ! So sorry for the inconvenience . Hope everything goes well from now on . Fingers cross ;p

  13. ohhh....drooling here...over those pics...so beautifully captured...looks so yumm

  14. Hi Zoe, this apple cake is simply yummy! I like apple pie, apple strudel but have yet to bake these or apple cake. Well ... must find time to try these !

  15. I have 6 apples. 3 green ones and 3 red ones.
    I have honey, and flour and sugar and cinnamon.

    The boy loves apply-anything.
    I make!


    Pardon me if I sound like Hulk - I'm soooo tired but I *NEED* to bake - and this is perfect!

  16. Wow..I love this recipe. It looks easy and scrumptious! ♥ ♥

  17. Hi Zoe, I like the look of this cake. Simple and wholesome.

  18. Thumbs up to a great recipe! I've had apple cake before, but years ago. Yours looks wonderful! Thanks for this.

  19. Love your profile pic, Z. You're lovely.
    And I'm nuts about Paula's recipes. They're full-proof.
    Gotta try this one. You make it look so tempting! xo

  20. Hi Zoe,
    Your muffin looks amazingly delicious.
    Love the blueberries popping out of the surface of the muffins. Make me thought it is the theme of this month LTU.. LOL

  21. the last pic shows how wonderful the texture is! i may just eat it on its own!

  22. Hi Zoe, this looks wonderful and tempting!