- 3 Golden Delicious apples (about 1 pound), peeled, diced
- 1 cup pecan pieces
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 4 large eggs
- 2/3 cup safflower oil or Canola
- 2 1/4 cups sugar
- 1 cup applesauce
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Core apples and dice in 1/4-inch dice. Put diced apples in a bowl with pecan pieces, 1/2 cup of sugar, and the cinnamon. Stir to blend; set aside.
In a large a mixing bowl, stir or whisk the eggs with oil, sugar, applesauce, and vanilla. In another bowl combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Slowly beat dry ingredients into the oil and applesauce mixture until well blended. Stir in the diced apple mixture. Spoon into the prepared baking pan. Bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes to 1 hour and 30 minutes, or until a cake tester or wooden pick inserted in center comes out with a few crumbs clinging. Cool in pan on a rack for 15 minutes. If necessary, carefully loosen sides with a spatula. Put the rack over the pan and carefully invert. Cool completely.
Slide the cooled cake onto a serving plate, or to be safe, place the baking pan over the cake again, flip with the rack, then cover with a serving plate and invert again.