Thursday, November 3, 2011

Too Much Leaven in the Apple Cake

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A visit to our Aunt Edna’s home was usually an exciting experience. She always had a delightful cake of some kind for a treat.

One such visit we pulled up to her table to enjoy her apple cake. Oh NO, We began to spit! Ugh it was awful and some-thing was terribly wrong. The cake had an overwhelming bitter taste.

My mother asked Edna. “How much soda did you put into this cake?” She replied, “I just followed the recipe.”

Mother asked to see the recipe and there it was in black and white where Edna had copied the recipe from a friend. Two teaspoons baking soda, but Edna had misread the recipe and used TABLESPOONS instead. In this case there was TOO much leaven.

We corrected my Aunt Edns's hand written recipe, but it was too late for the cake.

I was reminded that the Bible relates a parable that Jesus told about Leaven when he likened it to the Kingdom of God.

Matthew 13:33
Another parable He spoke to them: “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened

In another scripture leaven is likened to sin or wrong teaching.

Galatians 5:9 A little leaven, leavens the whole lump.

It only takes a tiny amount of yeast, you know, to permeate an entire loaf of bread.

Matthew 16:6 Then Jesus said to them, “Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees.”

Take heed, examine and test the spirit of the message. Not everything you read and hear is truth!

I share with you my mother’s Fresh Apple Cake and this recipe only has one teaspoon soda, so not to worry.  This recipe is the truth!


3 cups fresh apples, peeled and chopped
2 cups sugar
Cover apples with sugar, stir with wooden spoon and let set for 10 minutes

1 cup cooking oil
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla flavoring
Mix eggs, oil and vanilla together and add to the apple mix

3 cups flour
1 tsp. soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp cinnamon

Sift together, dry ingredients and add to the above –

1 cup chopped nuts

Add chopped nuts and mix with wooden spoon.
Pour into tube or oblong 13"x9" pan and bake in 325 degree oven until done, approximately 65 minutes.

CARAMEL GLAZE FOR FRESH APPLE CAKE:  (Optional)  We usually do not frost our cake.

1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 cup cream or evaporated milk

Place butter and sugar in double boiler and allow to melt; blend well. Add cream (or evaporated milk) and bring to a full boil. Cool and add vanilla. Spread evenly over cooled cake.

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  1. Hi Hazel,
    You wrote.."This recipe is the truth and it made me smile.I love your post..its very meaningful and every woman's heart will be touched and its the truth!Anyway I just grabbed your mother's recipe.Thank you for sharing!

  2. What a great analogy for this Scripture verse. thanks for sharing it.

  3. How true, just because someone says it or we can read it in a book, doesn't make it God's truth. We have His word for that.

    My mouth is watering...

  4. Thank you for sharing this post! How true it is that even too much of the right thing can be all wrong. Thanks for the recipe...can't wait to try it!

  5. Recipes that are truth. What's not to like?


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