1 1/2 cups finely chopped, pared apples
3 cups sifted flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp mace
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups sugar
1 cup soft butter
3 eggs, unbeaten
2/3 cup buttermilk
Ingredients for Apple date filling and penuche frosting are
Sprinkle finely chopped (not grated or shredded)
apples with 2 Tb of the flour. Sift remaining flour with
the spices, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar
into a mixing bowl. Add soft butter, eggs and buttermilk.
Beat at low speed for 1 minute, scraping the sides of the
bowl. Increase speed to medium and beat for two
minutes. Fold in the apples. Grease cake pan.
Bake at 350ºF for 30 to 35 minutes for two flat
pans, almost one hour for a tube pan.
APPLE DATE FILLING:
In saucepan combine 1 cup grated, pared apple and
1 cup chopped dates. Add 1 cup sugar. Cook over
medium heat until the mixture is clear and thickened,
about 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from the heat and
add 1 Tb butter and 1 Tb lemon juice. Cool and
spread between two layers, or on top of tube cake.
Combine 1/2 cup butter, 1/2 cup brown sugar,
1/2 cup sugar and 1/4 cup milk in a saucepan.
Bring to a boil. Gradually add this syrup to 1 3/4 cups
sifted powdered sugar and 1/4 tsp salt in a mixing bowl.
Beat to spreading consistency. Stirin 1/4 tsp vanilla.
Frost top of cake.