Apple Pecan Cake with Lemon Butter Frosting

4 cups apples; peeled; chopped
2 cups granulated sugar
2 eggs; slightly beaten
½ cup oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups cake flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup Pecan Valley Pecan Pieces
Lemon Butter Frosting

1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
2. In a large mixing bowl stir together apples and sugar; let stand 5 minutes.
3. In another bowl, stir together eggs, oil and vanilla.
4. In another bowl, sift flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Blend in egg mixture.
5. Fold in apples and pecans, mixing well. Pour batter into greased and floured 13-inch-by-9 baking pan.
6. Bake in a preheated oven for 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
7. Cool and frost with lemon butter frosting.
Lemon Butter Frosting
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons waterIn a large mixing bowl, combine butter, sugar, lemon juice and enough water for spreading consistency; beat well.

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