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Sweet Apple Baden Cake

Don't let the list of ingredients fool you. This recipe is simple, inexpensive and, by far, the most extraordinary apple cake you will ever have. I purposely made the cake slightly less sweet than ordinary 'coffee cake'-like desserts, because I wanted the apple to shine through, and it certainly won't let you down. Use your favorite sweet, hard apple here.

Ingredients

For 6 people

Glaze

  • 1 cup(s) powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoon(s) milk
  • 2 teaspoon(s) vanilla

Recipe

  • 2 cup(s) flour
  • 3/4 cup(s) brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon(s) baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon(s) cinnamon
  • 1 cup(s) apple cider reduction*
  • 1/2 stick butter, melted
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 large or two small Liberty apples, peeled, cored and diced

Topping

  • 1 cup(s) flour
  • 3/4 cup(s) brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon(s) butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 teaspoon(s) cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) ground nutmeg

Sweet Apple Baden Cake Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350-degrees F. Spray nonstick cooking spray into a 9-inch pie pan. You can opt for a 9-inch square pan if desired. In a large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder and cinnamon, mixing well. Stir in the apple cider reduction, melted butter and egg until just blended, lumps are fine. Transfer to the prepared pie pan. Evenly spread the diced apples over the top.
  2. In a small bowl, combine all topping ingredients and even sprinkle over the top of the apples. Every bit of the topping must be damp so if you need more melted butter, add a tablespoon at a time, but it should be fine the way it is. Bake 30-35 minutes, or until firm in the center when touched. Remove to rack to cool for just a little bit, we want to serve this beauty warm. While waiting, make your glaze by combining all ingredients and mixing until smooth. Start out with 2 tablespoons milk and add more if needed to drizzle.
  3. * I chose to boil apple cider until it reduced to make 1 cup. It is tremendously sweet and potent, perfect for this cake. If you don't have the time, nor inclination, I suggest 1 cup frozen apple juice concentrate, thawed. Or maybe a cup of maple syrup is your thing? It is all good.
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