Maine Apple Cake

This is one of my favorite ways to use apples.  It makes a moist apple-y cake with a nice cinnamon flavor.  I found this recipe on a website about Maine a few years ago and have been making it ever since.  It is fairly quick and easy (for a cake) and does not even require a mixer.

Though the original recipe calls for peeled apples, I often only peel two, and leave the rest unpeeled for higher fiber and nutritional content (and quicker preparation).

Maine Apple Cake
Makes a 13 x 9" cake
30 minutes prep, 50 minutes to bake

4 1/2 cups diced apples (peel half of them before dicing)
1 2/3 cup sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup chopped nuts
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup white flour
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, rake in the center position.  Butter the bottom and halfway up the sides of a 13 x 9" baking pan.

In a medium bowl, combine diced apples and sugar.  Add the eggs, oil, nuts and vanilla.

In large mixing bowl, combine the flours, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.  Mix well and add in the apple mixture.  Stir thoroughly.

Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and spread evenly (batter will look scant compared to the volume of apples, but don't worry--it rises).  Bake for 50 minutes.