I was lucky enough to be the recipient of a gigantic bounty of apples right off the tree. Early estimates were that I had about 100 apples, that is a lot for a little kitchen. I made pie filling and froze it for later, apple sauce for a month, and apple muffins. I decided to try something new and consulted the Martha Stewart Baking Handbook. In Martha's book there was an interesting recipe for an apple cake with goat cheese frosting. I made a little more apple sauce for this cake and was positive this was going to become a new fall favorite. The first thing I noticed about this cake was, while it was baking, there was a lack of fabulous aroma wafting throughout my house. I was doubly concerned because I had increased the amounts of ginger, cinnamon, and all spice since I was shooting for a real spicy cake. When the cake was finished and cooling I took a little nibble. Bland! Yes BLAND! I assumed the frosting would help, it was good but I think my cream cheese frosting would have been better. I decided to add some walnuts, which helped a little. I know I had a flavor in my mind that I craved, I am not sure why this cake was such a disappointment to me since it looked like everything I wanted in a fall spicy cake. Please feel free to share your favorite apple cake recipe with me, I am in hot pursuit for one with all of these apples!