Lakeside Recipes: Apple Cake with Butterscotch Sauce


We’re just beginning to see the early signs of fall in the Berkshires, so we thought it would be a good idea to share with you one of our most beloved dessert recipes. Our guests and campers have dubbed it as “Most Likely to Cause a Stampede.”  Enjoy!


Lakeside’s Apple Cake with Butterscotch Sauce
4 cups apples, peeled and sliced
2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
1 ½ tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
2 eggs, beaten
¾ cup vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

In a large bowl, stir together apples and sugar. Add dry ingredients and stir well. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs, oil and vanilla. Add wet ingredients to apple mixture. Stir until thoroughly moistened. Batter will be very thick and stiff. Spread in a greased 9 X 13 pan and bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 min.

Butterscotch Sauce:
2 cups sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
1 cup evaporated milk
2 tsp vanilla

Put all ingredients in a sauce pan. Stir and bring to a boil over medium heat. Bring to a boil and continue cooking and stirring an additional 3 minutes. Serve warm over cake.

Why I am Returning to Lakeside

Shannon on a "Bear" hunt with her cabin.

Shannon on a “Bear” hunt with her cabin.

The community found at Lakeside is like no other I have ever experienced. It’s not just a group of people coming together by force or obligation, but rather by a common mission. I’m not coming back to Lakeside because it is the best paying, most fun, or the easiest thing I could engage in all summer, rather I’m coming back to Lakeside because of the community. Lakeside is not just something I can do; it is something I can be apart of.

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Lakeside Stories: Amanda

Camper to Counselor

Amanda as a Camper

My first summer at Lakeside was 1999. I was a ten year-old junior camper and my counselor was Jill. Away from home for the first time, I was a little fish in a big pond, but I instantly connected with my cabin mates and with Jill. She looked after us, like a mother duck looks after her ducklings, and made sure that we had a week we would never forget. And for our parents’ sakes, she made sure we brushed our teeth, ate our veggies, and showered every now and then – apparently the lake didn’t count? But most importantly, Jill made sure that we knew how much she loved Jesus and how much she loved us. In our daily cabin devotions, she impressed upon us, in a way that we could understand, the magnitude of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross and how we should live in response. Continue reading