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Apple cake and the enneagram | ”new orleans apple cake”

Does apple cake really have anything to do with the Enneagram? When you taste this apple cake, you won’t even care whether there is an Enneagram connection or not! That said, here’s why this particular cake recipe works well for all 9 types. And it is perfect for Thanksgiving (if you live in the US).

Ones | It’s the best apple cake you’ll ever eat; ultimate perfection!

Twos | Just watch people’s faces smile as they eat it; they won’t believe you actually made it.

Threes | It’s actually healthy, more or less, so it doesn’t add too much weight to your frame unless you eat too much of it.

Fours | It’s unusual in a sense: crunchy on the top, and moist in the center, making it a curiosity as to how it was made.

Fives | It’s simple and elegant and works for breakfast, lunch or dinner so you don’t have to think about it too much.

Sixes | This cake is simplicity and complexity combined, and eating it just feels so good.

Sevens | Because it’s moist and crumbly at the same time, you can pull off a piece very quickly and just put it in your mouth as you go off to do something else.

Eights | Since you tend to stay up into the wee morning hours when you can be alone, this cake is a perfect companion (if there is any left, since it gets eaten quickly).

Nines | It’s the easiest cake in the world to both eat and serve, bringing great comfort to those who eat it, especially with a cup of tea or coffee.

Recipe | ”New Orleans Apple Cake”
1½ cups light cooking oil (canola)
2 cups sugar (regular, not brown)
2 eggs
1 cup chopped pecans (or walnuts)
3 cups flour (white)
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 tablespoon vanilla
3 cups fresh peeled apples (coarsely chopped)

Combine oil and sugar in a mixer until well combined, then add eggs and beat well. To this batter, add the nuts and chopped apples. Mix by hand from now on. Sift together the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon, and add to the batter mixture of sugar and cooking oil. Then add the vanilla. Bake in a greased and floured tube pan in a 300° oven for 1½ hours. Check 10 minutes before this time; do not overcook as cooking time varies with the oven being used!

Ginger Lapid-Bogda PhD, the author of five best-selling Enneagram-business books, is a speaker, consultant, trainer, and coach. She provides certification programs for professionals around the world who want to bring the Enneagram into organizations with high-impact business applications, and is past-president of the International Enneagram Association. Visit her website: The Enneagram in Business.com. ginger@theenneagraminbusiness.com

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