Back in college, my good friend Jennifer took me to visit her hometown of Chicago. We spent a weekend touring her favorite sites but also visiting with her grandmother, “Oma”. Oma came to the United States from Austria when she was young and with her husband they established a successful restaurant during the middle part of the 20th century. She made this wonderful apple cake for me and I loved it so much that I asked her to write down the recipe for me.
Apple Cake with Streusel Topping
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 lb. butter (or margarine)
1 cup sugar
milk as needed (about 1/2 cup)
2 apples, cored and sliced (or peaches)
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup soft butter
1/4 nuts (optional)
Beat sugar, butter and eggs. Add baking powder to flour, then stir into the butter mixture. Place batter into a 9″ round cake pan.
Toss the apples with cinnamon and sugar. Arrange the slices in concentric circles on top of the cake batter.
Mix the streusel ingredients together in a bowl. Sprinkle streusel over the apples. If you’d like, you can also sprinkle the top with a little cinnamon and sugar.
She had written to bake at 375 for 45 minutes. When I made it, I baked at 350 for 30-35 minutes. The entire recipe is one that only existed in Oma’s head and she made it more from feel vs. actual measurements/directions. This was the first time she had made the cake with the intent of actually writing it down.