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Granny’s Apple-Date Cake with Warm Caramel-Bacon Topping

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Cook Time: 1 Hr

Yield: 15 Servings

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Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 C. sugar
  • 2 tsps. Clabber Girl® Baking Soda
  • 1 Tbsp. apple pie spice
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 C. Crisco® Butter Flavor All-Vegetable Shortening
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsps. Spice Islands® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 4 medium to large Granny Smith apples
  • 1 C. chopped dates
  • Juice and grated zest of 1 large lemon
  • 3 C. all-purpose flour
  • 1 C. caramel flavored topping/syrup
  • 1/2 C. chopped pecans
  • 1/4 C. crisp-cooked bacon

Directions

  1. HEAT oven to 325°F. Spray a 9 x 13 x 2-inch baking pan with flour no-stick cooking spray like Baker’s Joy®.
  2. STIR together sugar, baking soda, apple pie spice and salt in a large bowl. Add shortening, eggs and vanilla, beating until smooth.
  3. STIR in apples, dates, lemon juice and zest, blending just until well coated; add flour until evenly combined. Spread batter in prepared baking dish.
  4. BAKE in center of oven 55 to 65 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in baking pan on a cooling rack.
  5. SPOON caramel topping into small saucepan over low heat; stir until warm. Add pecans and bacon, continuing to stir just until heated through.
  6. CUT cake into 15 squares; drizzle each serving with topping.

Granny’s Apple-Date Cake with Warm Caramel-Bacon Topping

grannys-apple-date-cake-with-warm-caramel-bacon-topping

Cook Time: 1 Hr

Yield: 15 Servings

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 C. sugar
  • 2 tsps. Clabber Girl® Baking Soda
  • 1 Tbsp. apple pie spice
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 C. Crisco® Butter Flavor All-Vegetable Shortening
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsps. Spice Islands® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 4 medium to large Granny Smith apples
  • 1 C. chopped dates
  • Juice and grated zest of 1 large lemon
  • 3 C. all-purpose flour
  • 1 C. caramel flavored topping/syrup
  • 1/2 C. chopped pecans
  • 1/4 C. crisp-cooked bacon

Directions

  1. HEAT oven to 325°F. Spray a 9 x 13 x 2-inch baking pan with flour no-stick cooking spray like Baker’s Joy®.
  2. STIR together sugar, baking soda, apple pie spice and salt in a large bowl. Add shortening, eggs and vanilla, beating until smooth.
  3. STIR in apples, dates, lemon juice and zest, blending just until well coated; add flour until evenly combined. Spread batter in prepared baking dish.
  4. BAKE in center of oven 55 to 65 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in baking pan on a cooling rack.
  5. SPOON caramel topping into small saucepan over low heat; stir until warm. Add pecans and bacon, continuing to stir just until heated through.
  6. CUT cake into 15 squares; drizzle each serving with topping.

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