Once the batter was made, I let it sit for several hours before baking it, which was fine. The reason for that is, you have to be home and paying attention to it for like 3 hours when it's actually baking.
This cake has apple chunks, coconut and pecans in it. And it calls for 1 1/2 cups of vegetable oil. I like to follow the recipe exactly the 1st time I make it, or at least I like to think that I like to do that, especially in books like All Cakes Considered where the book is teaching you different methods as you go... but I could NOT bring myself to make a APPLE cake with OIL instead of APPLESAUCE. (Yes, those capital letters are my loud voice). So I just went for it and put in 1 1/2 cups of unsweetened applesauce instead of oil and it turned out awesome.
So then I took the "non-business end" of a wooden spoon and poked 20 holes in the cake the moment it came out of the oven, and poured the melted sauce in it. Slowly. Still, it wasn't really soaking anything up, so I poked some more holes in the cake and poured even slower. You can see in the photo above how unattractive this part was. Someone asked why my cake had rabies.
Then it sits for AN HOUR slowly soaking in the buttery sauce, and after an hour (or a little more), I flipped it onto a plate and nothing happened, so we used a knife along the edge to loosen it and then flip it over.
Oh, the thing I did right?
*I waited to bake it until we had a crowd of people in the house, because that 1 1/2 hours the cake is in the oven makes the house smell amazing. Like cinnamon and apples.