fact: I don’t like baked apples.

fact: I do like this cake.

There’s a bit of a story to this cake. My boss is teaching an Italian class during lunch on Mondays and a few weeks ago one of my fellow students brought apples for the teacher. One apple, apparently, was not enough. He brought her a whole case. Fast forward to the end of the week, the case was still sitting in her office. Rather than have them continue to sit with no one eating them, I told her I’d take them home and make an apple cake to bring in the next week.

I have never had apple cake, nor have I ever baked an apple cake before. The only reason I even knew apple cake was a thing was because of the copious amount of time I have spent glued to the screen watching and rewatching The Great British Bake Off on Netflix.

Typically when I want to try out a new recipe, I scour Pinterest and the internet for guidance. This time I took a different route. A few years ago, the summer after my grandmother died, I rescued a bunch of cook books from her house and brought them home with me. The recipe I’m sharing is one I tweaked from one of her cook books.

When I brought this in to work, it was a major hit–even more than the carrot cake was. People had two or three slices. This time I made it with a brown sugar glaze. Personally, I wasn’t a fan of the glaze, but my coworkers loved it. Next time, I might make it a layer cake with a cream cheese frosting.

Oh, and after making this cake I still had six apples left to use…

I’ve gabbed enough at this point. Recipe is below.

Apple Cake

Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American


For the Apple Cake

  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil *I used canola oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3 ½ cups peeled, finely chopped apples *I used 3 gala apples
  • ½ cup roasted chopped pecans

For the Brown Sugar Glaze

  • ¼ cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp evaporated milk
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla


Apple Cake

  • preheat oven to 350°; grease and flour pan (bundt pan or 10 inch tube pan)
  • combine eggs, sugar, oil, and vanilla in large mixing bowl and beat well
  • combine flour, salt, baking soda, and ground cinnamon mix together
  • add flour mixture to sugar micture and beat well
  • stir in apples and pecans (batter will be stiff)
  • spoon/pour batter into prepared cake pan
  • bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean
  • cool cake in pan for 10-15 minutes
  • remove from pan and let cool completely
  • drizzle brown sugar glaze (recipe below) over cake

Brown Sugar Glaze

  • combine all ingredieants in heavy saucepan
  • bring to a boil and cook, stirring constantly for 2 minutes
  • allow to cool before drizzling over cake
Keyword apple, apple cake, cake, fruit

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