Sunday, September 16, 2012
Apple Oatmeal Snack Cake
In the late 1970's, Betty Crocker made a product called Snackin' Cake. I remember my mama making the banana walnut flavor and thinking it was the best cake ever! It was the 70's and convenience products were the rage. The Snackin' Cakes were quick and made a small sensible portion - just a 9 x 9 pan and were not frosted. I had some local apples on hand and thought I'd recreate my favorite after-school treat for my children.
1 stick butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour (or white wheat flour)
1/2 cup oatmeal
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 large apple, peeled and chopped (medium dice)
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg. Combine the flour, oatmeal, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Slowly beat into the creamed mixture. Fold in apples.
Spread in a greased 9-inch square baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Yield: 9 servings.
Notes: This was just the perfect after-school snack. I am already thinking of variations! Pear with a little nutmeg and ginger would be great, or follow the recipe above and add 1/2 cup golden raisins and 1/2 cup walnuts!