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After posting the photo below of my lovely apple cake many asked for the recipe. 
Here it is!!
1 whole egg, beaten
1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
4 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking powder
5 apples (recipe calls for Pippin apples, I used Granny Smith)

Topping: 1 egg beaten
3 tablespoons melted butter
3 tablespoons sugar
some cinnamon

Mix all ingredients for the cake, not including the apples and put into a straight sided 9" buttered cake pan. Peel and cut apples into thin slices. Add apples onto batter making concentric circles using the apple wedges. This is how I placed the apples...

First place a circle of wedges forming a circle and then form a smaller circle with wedges cut in half.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
Drizzle topping over cake and continue baking for an additional 15-20 minutes until lightly brown and bubbly on top. (Don't use all the topping, it's really enough for 2 cakes).

I also made my favorite winter fruit salad which you may want to try.
I cut pineapple, kiwi, and mandarine into small pieces. Add pomegranate arils, they bring such beautiful color and taste! Mix 1 tablespoon honey and 2 tablespoons lemon or lime juice. Add the honey and lemon dressing and top with a few pieces of fresh mint. A real winter treat! (it's on the table in the photo above).

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