Grandma’s recipe – in her handwriting!
I recently found another treasure in an old kitchen notebook. It’s my Grandma’s own handwriting of her Fresh Apple Cake. As a child I refused to eat the cake because it had apples in it. Later in life, I learned that not only is it an amazing cake, but the icing is even better! You may already know that I don’t exactly like following recipes, not even Grandma’s. And, I have a couple of pear trees that are abundantly bearing fresh pears. Maybe you know where this is going…. Yes, I made Grandma’s Fresh Apple Cake with pears from my trees, so now it’s Fresh Pear Cake with caramel frosting.
My pear tree
I hadn’t made this cake in many years but forgot how easy it is. The “hardest” part was chopping the pears into little tiny pieces, but even that took less than 10 minutes. Just follow these directions and you can’t go wrong. Oh, and if you need any pears, let me know!
Here’s what you’ll need for the CAKE:
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 ½ cups flour
- 1 cup nuts (I used pecans)
- 3 cups chopped pears (or apples)
- Preheat oven to 350, and prepare a 9×13 pan with cooking oil spray.
Using a mixer or whisk, blend the oil, sugar, eggs, and vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda and powder, and salt, then slowly blend into sugar mixture until smooth. Now, fold in the pears and nuts, and pour into prepared pan. Bake at 350 for 45 – 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted into cake is clean. Remove from oven and cool for at least 30 minutes before frosting the cake.
Here’s what you’ll need for the FROSTING:
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 stick butter or margarine
- 1/3 cup milk
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- ¼ cup chopped nuts (optional)
While the cake is baking, I like to prepare the caramel frosting. In a saucepan, heat sugar, butter, and milk to boiling. Continue to boil and stir for 2 minutes, then remove from heat and allow to cool for 30 minutes. I transfer it to my KitchenAid mixer now, but any bowl and electric mixer will work. Blend caramel mixture with powdered sugar until smooth, and then spread evenly over the cake. Sprinkle nuts on top if desired. Enjoy!!
The crackled caramel frosting is so yummy!
Don’t you just want to take a bite?
Delicious!!! Grandma would be proud. 🙂