Saturday, March 9, 2013

Rome Apple Cake

My dad recently commented on an apple coffee cake his mother used to make.  Of course we didn't have the recipe, and Grandma is gone.  So I asked an aunt of mine if she had it.  She did some digging and found it in an old church cookbook (it was even credited to my grandmother).  How about that?  So I gave it a try, mainly to give some to my dad.

It turned out really good, and I'm not a big fan of baked apple recipes.  It's easy too, and makes the house smell wonderful while it bakes.

Here is the recipe if you want to try it:

Lillie's Rome Apple Cake

1 1/2 C flour
1 C sugar
1/4 t salt
1/2 t baking powder
1 egg
1 t vanilla
1/3 C melted butter
1/2 C milk
3 (or so) apples, peeled and sliced; Rome, Jonathan, or MacIntosh
(I used Mac)

Topping ingredients
2 T flour
2 T softened butter
1/2 C brown sugar
1/2 C chopped nuts (opt)

Mix the dry ingredients.  Make a well in the center; add egg, melted butter, milk, and vanilla.  Mix well. Spread into a 9" greased baking pan.  Arrange apples on top.  Mix topping ingredients.  Sprinkle over the top of the apples.  Bake at 350 degrees (325 for glass pan) for one hour.

I did not try this, but my dad said Grandma would take any leftover cake the next day and make rusk.  Okay, I admit it, I did not know what rusk is.  Old-time term, I think.  She would rebake the cake, sliced, I guess, to make toast out of it.  My dad said it was really good.  Hmm... sounds like a "dad" thing to me.

Enjoy the cake (and rusk)!

Linking to Mockingbird Hill Cottage and "A Favorite Thing" since tracking down an old family recipe doesn't happen too often!


  1. I love apple ANYthing so bet I'd love this, too. And, as olden as I am, I never heard of rusk, either. Bet it's an "orgin" thing. Since I've started blogging, I've learned we all call the same thing by a different name...or some of the things we eat out here in West Texas, someone in, say, New Jersy, thinks we eat "funny". hahhaa..gotta love it, tho.
    Sure hope your daddy loved his remembered cake.

  2. p.s. I just became your newest follower. :)

  3. You must have a very contented Dad this week!

    I think of "rusk" as an English idea. These were twice baked things used as infant teething biscuits!

  4. Rusk is definitely a new one for me. The cake looks delicious.

  5. Looks delicious, and pretty, too!

  6. How sweet of you to make that for your dad. It sounds yummy! Have a fabulous day. Tammy

  7. Oh I bet your dad was tickled to have his mom's apple cake! Love the 'rusk' term... always love learnin' something!! :)

  8. Well it certainly looks delicious and sounds delicious too, I will have to make some... we used to buy "Rusks" which is exactly that, a kind of toast, I used to love them.... almost a little sweet... Cheers~

  9. First of all, how nice of you to make this for your dad! It looks awfully tasty to me and I just might have to try it. I love the word "rusk" - it's old fashioned in the best possible way.

    Thanks so much for joining in this week!


  10. This looks really delicious. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  11. This sounds absolutely delicious, Diane, and I am going to try it... and rusk the next day!