My recipe stories seem to fall into a predictable rut: I had to feed a few people. I needed something easy and simple, and so this recipe was born. But honestly, that's the way I cook. I look for recipes that give maximum pleasure at the lowest common denominator of work, ingredients, and convenience. The results don't always bear talking about, but this recipe — oh, this one does. A moist cake with a crumb that's almost creamy, swirled with cinnamon, and juicy with small bites of apple. It will take you about 15 minutes to make, and regardless of whether my story gets old, this recipe never will.