I love this apple cake recipe. I got it years ago, like back in the 1970's from my friend Ginny. At this time of the year, most of us have access to windfall apples, so go gather a few out of your yard or your neighbors yard and give this a try.
1-1/2 cup granulated sugar, 3/4 cup shortening, 2 eggs, 2-1/2 cups flour, 3 cups peeled, bite size apples, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 3/4 teaspoon salt, 3/4 cup warm coffee, 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional).
Cream granulated sugar & shortening. Add eggs and beat until mixture is creamy. Set aside. In a larger mixing bowl, combine flour, soda, salt and 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon, mix together. Then mix in sugar, shortening & egg mixture..adding alternately with warm coffee. Fold in apples and nuts. Spread into a greased 11 x 9 baking pan and top with brown sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
When I make this cake, I always make it in the morning while there's still coffee in the pot. It is soooooo good. And a great way to use up those surplus apples.