Apple cake kindles fond memories
Vicky Cayetano, the former first lady, enjoys baking, but doesn't have a lot for time for it.
"In fact, I've never seen my wife bake anything," ex-Gov. Ben says.
Mrs. Cayetano, though, says baking runs in her family, her father being big on baking and her mother having a sweet tooth. The result: cakes every week, birthdays or not.
This brings us to her family recipe for an apple cake, which Dacie McReynolds recalls collecting "eons ago." She's on the hunt for it once again.
Even Mrs. Cayetano says she's not sure she would find the recipe today, but several faithful readers did come up with it. The first three to respond -- Betty Ann Hino, Teresita Amore and Lenora Shiota -- will receive cookbooks as prizes for their diligence, good memories and effective recipe filing systems.
Turns out Mrs. Cayetano prepared it on an episode of "Hawaii's Kitchen" in 1998, when she was still first lady.
The cake is more appley than cakey -- Mrs. Cayetano says her father was committed to healthy cooking. It's also fairly flat, like a bar cookie, but soft like a cake. There's plenty of apple flavor, spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg. "It's not real attractive," she says, "but it tastes good."
Still, she doesn't expect to be baking one anytime soon.
"My husband is the cook now. His stuff is not healthy, to be honest."
Fresh Apple Spice Cake
4 cups diced apples
1-1/3 cup sugar
2 cups sifted flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
2/3 cup chopped walnuts
2/3 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup canola oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-by-13-inch baking pan.
Combine apples, sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, baking soda, walnuts and raisins. Toss to mix well. Set aside.
Combine eggs, oil and vanilla. Blend until smooth. Add to apple mixture and stir until well-blended. Spread evenly in baking pan. Bake 45 to 60 minutes, until a pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool.
Serve with whipped cream or ice cream.
Nutritional information unavailable.
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