Sunday, November 27, 2011

Not Grandma's Apple Cake

I found out the other day that the recipe we call Grandma's Apple Cake isn't hers at all. I've given it to many, each time telling them it was my mother in law's recipe. All these years the hand written directions have been in a recipe box with other dog earred clippings, everytime we moved, it moved. I even put it in our family cookbook and noted that it was my father in law's favorite!

We are taking apple cake up to the VA Nursing Home tomorrow. I'm taking The Imposter Apple Cake, she's taking The Real Grandma's Apple Cake.

This was the conversation with my mother in law...
Me-"I noticed the recipe is for an 8x8 pan, do you think I can double it?"
Her-"Mine makes a big pan."
Me-" So you've doubled it before?"
Her- "No, it's written that way."
Me- "It's the one you gave me when we first got married, with the coconut in the glaze?"
Her-" No, there 's no coconut."
Me- " Mine says coconut in the cake batter too."
Her-"That's not my recipe."

Just Good Apple Cake (someone's favorite, just not my father in law's)
2 cups apples, peeled and diced
1 cup sugar
1 beaten egg
1/2 cup Wesson oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup coconut
Combine apples and sugar, allow to stand 30 minutes. Add egg, oil, vanilla, flour, soda, salt and coconut. Blend well and bake in 8x8 greased pan at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

4 tablespoon milk
4 tablespoons butter
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup coconut
Bring milk, butter and sugar to rolling boil. Remove from heat and stir in coconut. Stir and pour over warm cake.


  1. Cute story! At least you didn't name the imposter cake "The cake that we thought was Grandma's apple cake" or "Who the heak's recipe is this anyway cake?"

  2. That's funny and I really needed a chuckle! Hey, if it's good, guess it doesn't really matter where it originated.

  3. "A rose by any other name is still a rose" and the apple cake is still the same as it always was - unless, of course, you tweaked the original. BTW- It sounds yummy good!

  4. This sounds really good, I may make it when DH gets back. I would now, but ... I would eat the whole thing! :O

  5. No matter where it came from, it sounds good and I have added it to my "try" stack.

    Now where is your MIL's 'real' recipe?


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