This recipe was taken from a Lutheran cookbook and complements of St. Peter's Lutheran Church Mission Circle in Easton, MN. It is a wonderfully moist cake that is extremely simple and quick to make. It has impressed everyone who has had the fortune to taste it including myself. It is a wonderful cake to make if you have 30-45 minutes to spare in your day.
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter or margerine
1 cup flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
2 Tbsp. hot water (hot tap water is fine)
2 1/2 cups raw apples, chopped (I leave the peels on and chop into dice-sized pieces)
1 tsp. vanilla
Once again, the easiest and fastest way to get this puppy together is with your KitchenAid mixer (cue singing angels and harps!). Beat together sugar, butter and egg. Sift in flour, soda, salt, cinnamon, hot water, apples, vanilla and, if you choose, nuts.
Bake in a greased (PAM is what I use) in a 9x9 inch pan (although I have used aluminum disposible pie pans, regular cake pans, etc. with great success. I think the main idea is to have a more flat cake than raised as in a bread pan type of thing). It usually cooks up for me in anywhere from 25 minutes to 30-ish minutes. You will have to feel it out depending upon what type of pan you are using. This cake seems to be pretty forgiving for the most part and will come out quite moist, so all you really have to do is check it for "bounce-back-doneness-ability" (I think you know what I mean...at least I hope you do!).
"Haven't poisoned anyone yet" Laura