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Savor the Taste of Autumn with Apple Cake

My mom’s apple cake is a favorite with my family. Once school starts and the cooler weather comes, my kids start to think about apple picking. Of course, this just leads to them asking for my mom’s apple cake. However, I can’t blame them. Autumn and apples do go hand in hand so it only stands to reason it’s the perfect time of year to make this delicious treat.

For those who aren’t a whiz in the kitchen, not to worry, this wonderful one-bowl recipe is super quick and easy. Honestly, anyone can make it. So don’t hesitate to get your kids in the kitchen with you to make this cake. After all, tasting the fruits of your labor is the best part of cooking.

When you taste this apple cake you will see you don’t need to add anything to it. However, there are always others who love to indulge and for those folks, you can certainly top the cake with vanilla or pecan ice cream. In addition to those, you can add a decadent caramel drizzle. Now that would be decadent!

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Choosing Your Apples for Your Apple Cake

I’ve found everyone has their favorite apple. Some people say one variety is better for baking than others. Well, everyone is in luck with this apple cake recipe because you can use any variety of apples you’d like. This apple cake is so versatile that you can use anything from a Macintosh to a Granny Smith and love the results.

In fact, we tend to mix our varieties so some of the apples are a little more firm than others. It really adds to the texture of the apple cake. So don’t hesitate to experiment with different apples to see what your family likes best.

Add-Ons for Your Apple Cake

I thought I would add this simple recipe for the caramel sauce from Ree Drummond on the Food Network. This recipe is also quick and easy and you can make it while the cake is cooking so it’s all ready when the cake comes out of the oven.

Are You Gluten-Free?

Not to worry if you are gluten-free, this recipe is perfect for you. Just substitute the all-purpose flour for your favorite Gluten-Free Flour Mix. We love Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 Flour or King Arthur’s Measure for Measure Flour. In fact, check out either BJ’s or Cosco for a large bag of GF flour for a reduced price. I pay $8.99 for 5 lbs of the King Arthur’s GF flour in BJ’s. I know that sounds expensive and it is but it’s the cheapest price around.

Apple Cake

A moist and scrumptious cake perfect for Autumn and Thanksgiving
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 people


  • 2 cups finely diced peeled apples
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup unsifted all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


  • Peel and dice apples into bite size pieces
    dice the apples
  • Add the diced apples and sugar to a mixing bowl and let stand for about 15 minutes.
    add the sugar
  • Then add the vegetable oil and the egg into the apples. Stir to mix together.
    add your egg and oil to the apple cake
  • Into a sifter held over the mixing bowl, add the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Sift into the apple mixture, stirring to mix.
  • Add the vanilla and the walnuts, stir to mix.
    vanilla and walnuts added to the apple cake
  • Pour into a well-greased and floured 8" square cake pan.
    ready for the oven
  • Bake in preheated 350 deg. oven for 45 – 50 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.
  • Cool in pan for 10 minutes then turn out onto a cake rack to finish cooling.
  • Dust the top with confectioners sugar before serving.
    Apple cake and ice cream

Tip: If you have your sugar in the mixing bowl first, you can stir them in as you dice them. This will prevent the apples from going brown.

Don’t stop with just apple picking this autumn, check out some more family fall fun in Massachusetts.

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Enjoy your Apple Cake

I hope this recipe becomes one of your family’s beloved seasonal treats as it has for mine. Leave me a comment and tell me what you think of this recipe.

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Trisha

    Oh my gosh! This looks so good! I was just looking for an apple cake recipe the other day and I’m so thankful I came across this. I can’t wait to try it!

    1. Leeanne

      I’m glad you found it then, Trisha. I’m sure you and your family will love it just as much as our family does.

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