Zen Jen's Apple Orange Spice Cake

Zen Jen, another groovy Sherwood Forest Siren, loves this fall recipe and makes it for her daughter Mazi, who just adores running through huge piles of leaves.

4 large eggs
13/4 Cup sugar
3 Cups flour
1-tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon grated orange peel
1/2 Cup fresh orange juice
1/2 Cup vegetable oil
1-teaspoon vanilla extract
3 Cups thinly sliced tart apples
2 teaspoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 Cup sugar
2 tablespoons buttermilk
1/4 teaspoon baking soda

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Coat a 10-inch tube pan with cooking spray and dust with 1-tablespoon flour. Beat eggs and add sugar. In separate bowl combine flour, baking powder, and next four ingredients and stir. Combine rind, juice, oil, and vanilla. Add flour mixture to egg mixture alternately with juice mixture. Combine apples, 2 teaspoons sugar, and teaspoon cinnamon. Pour half of batter into prepared pan. Arrange half of apple mixture over batter, overlapping slightly. Repeat with remaining batter and apples. Bake for 50-60 minutes. Cool on wire rack 20 minutes, then remove from pan. For glaze, cook ingredients in small saucepan over medium heat for 2 minutes or until foamy, stirring constantly. Drizzle over warm cake. Cool completely.




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