Apple Raisin Cake

By Maria Lichty

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I had leftover maple cream cheese frosting from the Pumpkin Cupcakes and I hate letting good things go to waste. So I tried a recipe I spotted on Sharon’s blog, Culinary Adventures of a New Wife.

I love apple everything and when I saw this cake had raisins in it I knew I had to try it. Most people have a love/hate relationship with raisins…I love them. I think I get this from my father. He is obsessed! He probably eats a pound of raisins a day…ok, maybe in two days, but I am not joking, he loves the shriveled up little guys. He takes a handful and stuffs them in his cheeks like a chipmunk. He sucks on them until they are gone and loads up for another round:) So I was for sure keeping the raisins in this cake. If people don’t like them they can pick them out, that is my dad’s philosophy.

This cake really was a “piece of cake” to make. It took no time at all and the results were delicious. The apples and raisins were the stars! I loved the plumpness and juiciness they added to the cake. The frosting was a great touch too! Thanks Sharon!

Autumn Apple Cake

Adapted from Cooking Light and Culinary Adventures of a New Wife

1 ½ cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon
Sprinkle of ground cloves (I added in the cloves)
Sprinkle of nutmeg (I added in the nutmeg)
¾ cup granulated sugar (use baker’s sugar if you have it on hand)
5 tablespoons butter, softened
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 large egg
½ cup milk
1 ¼ cup finely chopped and peeled sweet apple (about 1 large firm Gala)
½ cup raisins
1 teaspoon powdered sugar or Maple Frosting

1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Coat a 9 inch round cake pan with cooking spray. Dust with flour and shake to coat evenly.
3. Spoon and level flour into measuring cups. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg with a whisk.
4. Place softened butter and granulated sugar in a mixing bowl and beat until well blended. Beat in vanilla and egg.
5. Beat in flour mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour.
6. Fold in apple and raisins
7. Pour batter into pan and bake at 350 for 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
8. Cool 10 min on a wire rack. Carefully remove from pan and sprinkle with powdered sugar or frost with maple frosting once cool. I recommend the frosting it is so good! Maybe make a half batch if you are just making this cake.

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. Looks gorgeous! I love raisins and Josh dislikes them so I never buy them! I need to making half raisin filled, half raisin void dishes haha

  2. 2 pds of raisins in 2 days?!! That is alot of raisins. I don’t know anyone who likes them that much, but I am always surprised that so many people hate them especially in desserts. This cake looks wonderful and sounds like it was a hit.

  3. Looks like a great use for extra frosting. I love raisins in savory but not so much in sweet. Crazy, huh? I’d have to make an exception to gobble up this one.

  4. That is pretty funny about your dad stuffing his cheeks and sucking on them until they are gone, not sure I want to see that but it did make me smile.
    The cake looks homey and yummy. And the frosting, well let’s just say, I love love love maple.

  5. maple frosting would be perfect for this! oddly enough, as much as i love red grapes, i just don’t care for purple raisins. i could eat a ton of golden raisins, but i don’t really like green grapes. just thought you needed to know that odd and random fact about me. 🙂

  6. Wonderful use of the leftover frosting! I’m fine with raisins, maybe I don’t love them as much as your dad but I like them, specially if they’re with apples.

  7. Yum. I have an ongoing love affair with apple cake – isn’t it wonderful?
    Your frosting looks delish!

  8. I hate letting things go to waste either. What a great idea that it inspired such a seasonally appropriate cake. It looks very yummy.

  9. Hah. I could picture that as you described your Dad like a chipmunk. Well, not your Dad specifically but you know 🙂

    Anyway, this cake looks awesome. I always love how you get a nice close up of the frosting slowly making its way over the side. Looks dreamy!!!!

  10. Maria, I forgot to reply to this one! I’m glad the cake turned out well and the frosting looks AMAZING! Good call…I’ll have to try that next time I make this!