I whip this up in the fall when I start to itch to bake, but don't have a lot of time or energy. It comes together quickly, fills the house with delicious and comforting aromas and satisfies that craving to pull something great out of the oven. It could be done as cupcakes, with cream cheese frosting, just bake for less time. It would also work as a layer cake with cream cheese frosting if you're trying to make something impressive but easy. I like it best plain and still slightly warm out of the oven. It makes a full pan of cake, but trust me, it will have been devoured before you can believe it.
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup grape seed oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups AP flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 large tart apples, peeled, cored and sliced thinly
Preheat the oven to 350˚F. Grease and lightly flour the bottom and sides of a 9x13 inch baking pan.
In a large bowl, beat together the sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla until fully blended. In a medium size bowl, whisk together with a fork the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients all at once and blend with a whisk until just mixed, scraping the sides a couple of times. Add the apple slices and fold into the batter. Spread evenly in the bottom of the prepared baking pan and place in the preheated oven for approximately 45 minutes until golden brown and a cake tester comes out clean.
Serve plain or topped with a dollop of whipped cream, a dusting of powdered sugar or vanilla ice cream.