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This is another one of those favorite family recipes I remember my grandmother and my mom making. It's one of my all-time favorite desserts, partly because of the caramel sauce since I'm one of the world's biggest fans of caramel. It's also so easy to make, with relatively few ingredients. With the family coming for dinner, and the fact that it's apple season, what other reason did I need?! The cake is rich and moist, even without the sauce, but the sauce puts it 'over the top'. Delicious!
Apple Cake with Caramel Sauce
1 cup oil
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped nuts
3 cups apple chunks (preferably Red Delicious, approximately 3 large, peeled and cored)
Caramel Sauce (recipe follows)
Preheat oven to 300 F. Thoroughly grease a tube or bundt pan.
Combine oil, sugar, eggs and vanilla.
In another bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir into wet mixture. Carefully stir in apples and nuts.
Spoon mixture into prepared pan. Bake for 1-1/2 hours. Cool in pan for 5 minutes, then remove to cake plate. Caramel Sauce:
1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup cream or evaporated milk
Over low heat (or in double-boiler), melt brown sugar and butter. Stir in vanilla and cream, cook until thick, stirring occasionally. Spoon over individual portions of cake and serve.