Among Whitman's collection of papers are the few recipes he liked enough to preserve -- one for coffee cake. Whitman's letters have inspired my new personal philosophy: Live every day with sass, and with several slices of cake.
This apple cake is a gem. It is moist and delicious, sweet without being overbearing. Plus, if you have "fear of baking," a terrible condition that afflicts too many, then this is the cake for you.