I don’t know about you but Sunday dinners were always special in our house. We are a small family of three so we often share dinner on Sunday’s with friends and family. Everyone sitting around the table talking and reflecting on their week, enjoying good food and conversation. It is the one day a week that I will make and indulge in dessert. Partly because it is a bit of a reward for being so good with my diet all week and partly because people tend to linger around the table just that little bit longer, which I like. However, since COVID Sunday dinners haven’t been the same for obvious reasons. However, this Sunday I decided that we needed to get back to making Sunday dinners special. Even though we can’t enjoy it with family outside our home and friends. we can make it special again for the 3 of us. So, I put out my best china and crystal and made a family favourite dessert – apple cake. This cake is the easiest to make and one that gets requested in my house a lot. I discovered this dessert one Sunday afternoon when I was preparing our Sunday dinner. I was going to make my apple pie (which is also a family favourite) but I ran out of time trying to do too much as always. I had already sliced the apples and made the pie filling but had no time to make the crust, roll it out, and chill the pie before baking it. I thought about freezing the apples but didn’t want to disappoint Emma and Paul. Looking in my pantry, I saw a box of vanilla cake mix that I usually keep on hand when Emma wants to bake with her friends. So, I got to thinking, what if I make the vanilla cake mix and place the apple pie filling on top before baking it? Turns out, you can make one of the best cakes ever!
Here is what you will need:
- 1 box of vanilla cake mix
- 4-5 apples peeled and thinly sliced
- 1 tsp of lemon juice
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar
- 2 tbsp of corn starch
- 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
Here is how to make it:
- Preheat the oven to 350° and grease a 9×13 cake pan.
- In a bowl, peel and thinly slice the apples. Drizzle the lemon juice over the apple slices.
- In a small bowl combine brown sugar, corn starch, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add mixture to the apples and toss. Set apples aside until ready to use.
- In another bowl mix cake according to box instructions (instead of water I use milk) and pour into prepared cake pan.
- Cover top of cake batter with apple mixture and place into a preheated and bake according to package instructions (approximately 50 minutes).
- Let cake cool and sprinkle with icing sugar.
I hope this inspires you to be creative in your kitchen – enjoy!