Apple Cake w/Maple Glaze
Makes one 9 x 13 pan
1-3/4 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups finely chopped peeled tart apples
1 cup chopped walnuts
In a large bowl, beat the sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla until well blended. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and baking soda; gradually beat into sugar mixture until blended. Fold in apples and walnuts.
Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Bake at 350° for 35-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Slice into 12 equal portions.
YIELD: 1 cup
1 cup powdered sugar, more if needed
1 tablespoon very soft butter
1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla
1⁄4 cup good maple syrup, more if needed (use maple seasoning if available)
In small bowl whisk ingredients til smooth and creamy. Add more powdered sugar if too thin.
Add more maple syrup (or heavy cream or milk) a teaspoon at a time if too thick.
Drizzle over just about any dessert! Especially good on cakes, coffee cakes and pastries!