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Crunchy Apple Garlic Cake



  • 3 tablespoons softened butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup sifted flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups peeled and diced apples
  • 4 cloves garlic, put through press
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • whipped cream with sugar and crystallized ginger for topping


  1. Using an electric mixer, beat the softened butter, sugar and egg for about 3 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, sift together the cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, baking soda and flour, then add the flour mixture to the butter/egg mixture and continue beating for 1 to 2 more minutes, adding the vanilla during the last minute.
  3. Put the apples in a separate bowl and toss with the garlic puree, evenly distributing the garlic among the apples.
  4. Stir the garlic-seasoned apples into the cake batter along with the walnuts. The batter will be fairly stiff, so use a spoon and stir to mix well.
  5. Using a spatula, spread the batter in a well-greased and floured 8″ x 8″ x 2″ pan. The size of the pan is important to the final texture of the cake.
  6. Bake in a 350? oven for 45 minutes. Time it-it’s impossible to tell when it’s done by using a toothpick.

Serve with whipped cream seasoned with a bit of sugar and snippets of crystallized ginger.

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