This is a moist, & delicious, cake made with fresh apples and Maraschino Cherries. True Cinnamon & Nutmeg are the spices used, as they complement both the apples and cherries. This cake is even better the day after it is baked. A great snack or dessert, with two fruit favorites!
TRUE CINNAMON, Nutmeg Powder
INGREDIENTS & DIRECTIONS FOR THE FILLING, STREUSEL & GLAZE:
For The Cinnamon Filling: Mix together- 1 tsp True Cinnamon & 1/3 cup white sugar.
For The Streusel Topping: Mix until crumbly- 1/2 cup (light) brown sugar, 1/4 cup white sugar, 3/4 cup flour, 1 Tblspn water, 2 tsp True Cinnamon, 1/4 cup softened butter. For The Vanilla Glaze: Stir together until syrup consistency- 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar, 1 Tblspn half and half, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract. INGREDIENTS FOR THE CAKE: 2/3 cup white sugar, 1/2 cup butter (room temp), 2 eggs, 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, 1 1/2 cup flour, 1 3/4 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 cup milk, 1 tsp True Cinnamon, 1/2 tsp Nutmeg Powder, 2 medium apples (peeled and chopped), 3/4 cup Maraschino cherries (drained, blotted with a paper towel & quartered).
DIRECTIONS FOR THE CAKE: Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Cream together the butter and sugar. Beat in eggs and the extract. In a separate bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, True Cinnamon, Nutmeg Powder and salt. Stir the flour mixture into the butter mixture, and stir in the milk. Fold in the apples and cherries. Spoon 1/2 of the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the Cinnamon Filling over the batter and then cover with the other 1/2 of the batter. Crumble the Streusel Topping over the top of the batter. Bake in the preheated oven for 50 minutes or until a knife inserted into the cake comes out clean. Cool completely and drizzle the Vanilla Glaze over the top of the cooled cake.