Hayward and Ellen Reece started growing apples in 1946 after he returned from WWII. He bought a small 15 acre existing orchard and together they expanded year by year and sold most the apples wholesale from a shed behind their house. Ellen is still living and her family has continued to grow and operate the family orchard. They have shared their family recipe for apple cake with us.
“We’ve made it hundreds of times and it never fails!” says daughter Janice Hale.
- ½ cup raisins (optional)
- 1 cup corn oil
- 1¾ cups granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon butter flavoring
- 1 teaspoon nut flavoring
- 3 large eggs
- 2½ cups self-rising flour
- 3 cups chopped apples, about 2 medium, cut in chunks (We use Golden Delicious)
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease and flour a 10 inch tube pan.
- If using raisins, soak them in hot water for 10 minutes.
- In large bowl of an electric mixer on low speed, combine the oil, sugar, all flavorings and eggs.
- Mix well.
- Add flour and beat well, about one minute.
- When batter becomes stiff, stir in apples, nuts and drained raisins.
- Pour into prepared pan and bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes.