Mix together above ingredients. Fold in 2 cups peeled and chopped apples, and 1 cup chopped nuts (optional). Bake in a 9"x13" pan at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Pour icing over while hot.
1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
1/2 cup evaporated milk (plain milk is fine, but Isometimes add a bit less to make sure it gets syrupy and not liquidy)
2 cups brown sugar
Boil ingredients rapidly. Stir constantly until fairly thick. Pour over hot cake. I poke a few holes in the cake so that the syrup runs down into the cake. I also lift up the sides of the cake so the syrup can run down towards the bottom of the cake (and I do that several times). The cake is better if served after two days.
Great-Grandmother's Apple Doo Cake is somewhat of a legend in the family - it came from my mom's grandmother. She was the oldest person I think I've ever met - I have no idea how old she was when she died but she was ancient when I knew her. She was pretty spunky, too. Once, when she was in her mid-eighties, she got dressed to go out and started getting her things together. When my great-aunt asked her where she was going, she said she was on her way to "visit the old folks in the old folks' home." Hmmm. I hope I've inherited some of her sprightly genes.
The family Christmas this year was full of things that conveniently fell into the Christmas gift-giving theme of "things that start with the letter 'B'," including this Apple-Doo BIRTHDAY cake. Here are a few more ...
- ditching the planned BEACH trip in favor of BOONE - my 26th BIRTHDAY fest that began with sledding down the BIG hill (when I say big, I really mean it.) - BOARD games (Scrabble, Risk for the BOYS, and The Game of Things) - BANANAGRAMS ... if you don't know it, I'll introduce you to it soon enough - BLACKOUT due to 1/2 inch of ice in Boone on Christmas Day - BECKY (my girl cousin) treated me to a fun few days in Chapel Hill/Carrboro, including my first-ever introduction to Carolina BASKETBALL - BRRR (it's 12 degrees right now)