“The brandy may be omitted if desired, but it just tastes so much better when it is added to the batter, also I like to throw in a few raisins for extra flavor, but not too many, as the cake will take longer to bake, and there is a possibility of the cake batter running over the sides of the pan.”

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Set oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together brown sugar, cream cheese, oil and vanilla; beat with an electric mixer at medium speed until well blended (about 3 minutes).
  4. Add in the eggs, beat well.
  5. Sift the flour with all dry ingredients (up to and including nutmeg) stir with a whisk to combine well.
  6. Add the flour mixture and the buttermilk alternately to the sugar mixture, beginning and ending with the flour mixture; beat well after each addition.
  7. Stir in the apples and brandy (if using).
  8. Spoon the mixture into a prepared baking dish.
  9. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the cake tests done.
  10. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  11. Sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired before serving.

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