It’s still a little chilly outside, but the sun is warming, the days are quickly getting longer, the grass is peeking out from under snow mounds, the birds are singing and our guests (and staff) are warming their insides with Charlie’s favorite cake. Our chefs are always busy in the kitchen cooking and baking everything from scratch. Each week guests enjoy sampling sweets and savories from our kitchen including selections from favorite recipes such as Charlie’s favorite apple cake, Chef Pat’s famous lemon bars and brownies, Chef Karen’s liquor cakes as well as new recipes based on what is fresh and in season.
Charlie’s Favorite Apple Cake
3 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup orange juice
3 teaspoons vanilla
4 large golden delicious apples, peeled and cored.
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped fine
3 teaspoons cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 10 inch tube pan.
Combine flour, baking powder, salt, eggs, sugar, oil, orange juice and vanilla, beat for 2 minutes.
In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, chopped nuts and cinnamon. Put aside.
Turn half the batter into pan. Add a layer of apples. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and walnuts. Add the rest of the batter, top with the rest of the apples and cinnamon sugar and walnuts.
Bake for 1 and 1/2 hours until lightly brown. Cool on wire rack. Turn out onto cake plate when cool.