The Best Apple Cake!

posted by Andrea | 02/13/2012
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A couple weeks ago, I had a bunch of apples I wanted to use up because they were getting mushy and a little past their prime. I searched around for an apple bread recipe… and instead, decided on the following Apple Cake recipe.

It’s honestly the BEST apple cake/bread I’ve ever made!  It tasted absolutely delicious plain {for breakfast} and with a dollop of whipped cream {for dessert}! And even though I cut out some of the fat by replacing half the oil with my homemade applesauce, this cake was still SO moist and very dense with a grand total of FIVE chopped up apples!

Recipe for The Best Apple Cake:

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  • 2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1 T. ground cinnamon
  • 1 T.  baking powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 c. white sugar
  • 1/2 c. vegetable oil
  • 1/2 c. unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 t. vanilla extract
  • 5 apples — peeled, cored and sliced {I used Cortland apples, but most varieties should work}
  • cinnamon and sugar to sprinkle over the top {optional}


  • Preheat oven to 350* F .
  • In a medium bowl, mix flour, salt, cinnamon, and baking powder. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat eggs and sugar on high speed until combined. Add in oil, applesauce, and vanilla.
  • Add flour mixture and mix well.
  • Fold in apples.
  • Pour batter into a greased 9×13″pan.
  • Sprinkle additional cinnamon and sugar over the top of the cake {optional}.
  • Bake for 50 to 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean.

I think this might be my new “go-to” recipe for apples… I only wish I didn’t have to wait until next Fall to have a great selection of fresh Michigan apples!   

What is your favorite apple recipe?

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  1. Brandi Clevinger


    Hi, Andrea! My husband was craving something ‘sweet, but not too sweet’ and I had minimum ingredients, but knew I could find something in your recipe box. I came across this recipe and tried it. LOVED it!! It was perfect for him!

    I substituted the flour for wheat flour, and while it didn’t not look as visually appealing as your ‘pinterest worthy’ cake, it was still delicious!

    Thank you for a great, easy to make on the spot dessert that satisfied the whole family!


    Andrea Reply:

    yay — so glad he liked it! I’m actually going to a local orchard to get some apples tomorrow (they sell them through February) so maybe I’ll need to make this cake again!


  2. Joelle


    In the oven as I type. I replaced 1.5 cups white sugar with 3/4 evaporated cane juice + 1/2 cup honey. Trying to reduce white sugar, but did add a bit to the sprinkling on top.

    That pumpkin butter sub sounds delicious!!


  3. Tiffany @ No Ordinary Homestead


    Just pinned this — it sounds & looks delish! We always end up with apples around here that need to be used up quickly 🙂


  4. Diane



    •1.5 c. white sugar…is this 1 and 5oz or 1 1.2 cups?

    •1/2 cl unsweetened applesauce….what does cl mean?

    Thank you

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    Jaco van der Merwe Reply:

    1.5 c. is probably 1½ cups
    cl is probably a typo for c. (the “l” key is above the “full stop” key)
    Also there is an “l” missing in the 4th step of the directions: “Add flour mixture …”
    Can’t wait to try this recipe for Sunday dessert!


  5. Renea


    Andrea–This morning I pinned this post to my Food section on Pinterest. I checked my emails and already I’ve had 11 people re-pin it. In about 2 hours!!! That picture is yummy & delicous too look at. I can’t wait to try it and according to my Pinterest you’ve got a bunch more people that are thinking the same thing. Renea

    PS—I LOVED the photo comparison of you & Nora in the bouncy seats.


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  7. Patty Gardner


    I’m going to try this! This looks fantastic!


  8. Tanya


    I just made this, however I had to substitute pumpkin butter for the applesauce since I ran out of it. I can’t wait to taste it! Thank for the recipe!


    Andrea Reply:

    yum…. the pumpkin addition sounds amazing!


  9. christina


    this is wonderful! my husband is not a fan of cakes but this one was his words *incredible!*. i just happened to have apples that needed something wonderful to happen to them other then the mulch bin! Thank you for sharing! This is delicious and super easy!


    Andrea Reply:

    Christina, I actually don’t like most traditional “cakes” either {except cheesecake of course!!} However, I LOVE this apples cake. I think it’s because it doesn’t have frosting… and is more like a bread even.
    Glad your hubby liked it!


  10. Lynn Oyama


    I cannot wait to try this recipe! Thanks for sharing.