Food You Can Eat: Cocoa Apple Cake

A dessert you don't see every day

I focused on the chocolate chips and ganache when eating it.

First things first:  I had skipped this recipe on my first pass through my grandmother’s recipes because it has nuts in it, and nuts in cake are bullshit.  However, I needed more pictures for the family cookbook so I broke down and made this one. 

A caveat before we get started:  I used Granny Smith apples because I figured they would offer more apple flavor, but it turns out that you can’t taste the apples at all, so use whatever you want.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 Cup Butter, softened

2 Cups Sugar

3 Eggs

1 Tbsp. Vanilla

½ Cup Water

2 ½ Cups Flour

2 Tbsp. Cocoa

1 tsp. Baking Soda

1 tsp. Cinnamon

1 tsp. Allspice

1 Cup Nuts, chopped

½ Cup Chocolate Chips

2 Apples, cored and grated, or finely chopped

Cream together butter and sugar, adding sugar in a steady stream.  Add eggs, one at a time, vanilla and water and beat until fluffy. 

Sift together dry ingredients.  Add to creamed mixture and mix well. 

Don’t lick this batter. The spices make it…less than optimal.

Fold in nuts, chocolate chips, and apples. 

I swear to God, if you say “just fold it” one more time…

Pour into a greased 10” springform pan.

This is just like German chocolate cake, but totally different

Bake in a 325-degree oven for 60-70 minutes.

I went with 70 minutes because why wouldn’t I at this point?

There isn’t a particular frosting suggested with this recipe so I slapped together a makeshift ganache and poured that over the cake after it had cooled a bit. Then I put it in the fridge to cool completely.

When getting ready to slice the cake, you’ll need to run a knife down the sides of the cake to separate it from the pan. Otherwise it will tear.

This cake is pretty good, all things considered.  It has an interesting flavor—transparent apples aside.  This also came out a little dry so if I make it again, I would start with the 60-minute time frame and see how that goes.  I think my grandmother is now trolling me from the grave.

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