Did you know that John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, was born on September 26, 1774, in Leominster, Massachusetts? John Chapman was an orchardist and nurseryman. While the legend of Johnny Appleseed suggests that his planting of apple trees was random, there was actually a firm economic basis for Chapman’s behavior. He established apple nurseries and returned, after several years, to sell off the orchard and the surrounding land. He became the basis of the folk hero Johnny Appleseed, who has been the subject of countless stories, movies, and works of art.
The apple picking season is just getting started in Massachusetts, and my son and I visited our local orchard and picked our first bushel of Cortland and Macintosh apples. In honor of Johnny Appleseed, we’re making a Chocolate Apple Cake using American Heritage Historic Chocolate.
Chocolate Apple Cake
10″ Bundt or Cake pan
3/4 cup American Heritage Historic Chocolate Drink
1 tablespoon Coconut oil
2 cups white sugar
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup water
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground allspice
2 cups grated apple
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven at 325 degrees, grease and flour cake pan.
- Core, peel and grate 3-4 medium size apple and set aside
- Using a stand mixer or hand held mixer, cream together, the eggs, sugar, butter or margarine and water until fluffy
- While the sugar and butter is mixing and creaming together, heat the American Heritage chocolate and coconut oil into a small sauce pan over a medium heat. Stir until well melted together. Set aside to cool
- Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture and mix well, slowly add melted American Heritage chocolate and vanilla extract.
- Fold in apple and stir until these ingredients are evenly distributed.
- Spoon into greased and floured 10 inch Bundt or cake pan
- Bake at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) for 60 to 70 minutes until cake is done.
- Drizzle cake with a thin frosting of confectionary sugar and milk. Top with crushed walnuts or pecans.
- The cake is very moist and very rich.