FABULOUS. So simple to prepare, this easy apple cake will leave them asking for the recipe. So delicious you won’t believe you did that.
It is apple season, and I needed to do an apple recipe. Apple cake sounded good, but I wanted an old fashion apple cake. I copied from the best, my wife. She pointed me to her own recipe in the “Holmes School Cookbook.” I guess it is from the mid-80’s. It used only things we all have on hand, so I used that as a model. Excellent.
I cooked it unsupervised by the author, so I slid in a few minor changes. First, I cut it in half. This is “cooking for two” and a 9X13 cake is a bit much for the two of us. Second, I doubled the cinnamon. I love cinnamon. But my biggest sin, I shredded the apples. Sometimes when I use diced fruit, I end up with steam pockets but also I wanted to release the juice more. She wanted chunks of apple goodness. Take your choice or do some of both.
The easiest 5 of the year. So much better than you think it could be. Maybe the recipe of the year.
Recipe Notes for Easy Apple Cake
This is a smaller cake. If doubling, then use a 9X13 cake pan. Cooking time may be increased slightly. Get out your toothpicks. But most recipes for 9X13 also call for 45 minutes at 350.
The apple type is up to you. Almost any apple will do. While we are talking about the apples, I shredded the apples to release the juice some. My wife wants them diced. Maybe some of both.
Topping. I sprinkled with a little sugar. If you want ultra-sweet, then a glaze of powder sugar and a little milk would be good. But that might be sugar overload.
Sticking. Even in a non-stick pan with butter and flour, there is some sticking. This is one of those recipes where parchment paper on the bottom of the pan would be good.
Preheat oven to 350 with the rack in the middle. Prep a 9-inch round cake pan with butter and flour.
Dice or shred two medium apples.
Mix all ingredients well and move to prepared pan.
Sprinkle with about a tablespoon of sugar.
Bake until toothpick comes out clean. About 45 minutes.
Cool before serving.
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Easy Apple Cake from Scratch
- 2 apples - medium or large, shredded or diced
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup oil
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup walnuts - chopped
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon sugar - optional for sprinkling on top
- Preheat oven to 350 with the rack in the middle. Prep a 9-inch round cake pan with butter and flour.
- Dice or shred two medium apples.
- Mix all ingredients well and move to prepared pan.
- Sprinkle with about a tablespoon of sugar.
- Bake until toothpick comes out clean. About 45 minutes. Cool before serving.
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Nutrition is for one serving. Number of servings is stated above and is my estimate of normal serving size for this recipe.
All nutritional information are estimates and may vary from your actual results. This is home cooking, and there are many variables. To taste ingredients such as salt will be my estimate of the average used.
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