1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup white sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk
2 apples - peeled, cored and cut into eighths
1/4 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Sift flour with baking powder and salt.
In a large bowl, cream shortening and 1 cup sugar until light. Beat in egg and vanilla until fluffy. Add sifted ingredients to the creamed mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with the sifted ingredients. Spread the batter into a greased 7 x 11 inch baking pan or a 9 inch round cake pan.
Place apple pieces in rows on the batter with the sharp edges pressed in slightly. Sprinkle 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon on top. Top with a few chunks of butter.
Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for about 50 to 60 minutes, or until the apples are tender and the cake tests done.
Source: Claudia (adapted from a recipe on AllRecipes.com)