*The Kirby family has enjoyed this apple cake for generations. Growing up, I thought there was only way to make apple cake, and this was it! It's delicious, and an important taste of fall.*

1. Cream Together:

- ¾ cup shortening
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2. Mix together:
- 2 ½ cups flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp soda

For the topping, mix:

- ½ cup sugar
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ cup margarine
- ⅓ cup flour
- ½ cup chopped nuts
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

3. Add the dry mixture alternatively with 1 cup of buttermilk to the creamed mixture.

4. Stir in 2 cups of peeled, chopped apples and 1 tsp vanilla to the batter.

5. Pour batter into a greased and floured 9x13 pan. Mix all topping ingredients and sprinkle on top.

6. Bake for one hour, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.