Summary: This recipe is really meant for moms and grandmothers who have 4 to 6 year old sous-chefs in their kitchens. The children can take responsibility for the vertical placement of apples into the batter. The apples are pushed into the batter one slice at a time, and while you and I might find the task wearisome, the kids love to do it.
3 medium tart apples, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch slices (3 cups)
3 tablespoons + 1 cup sugar, divided use
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2/3 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt