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Chunky Apple-Cinnamon Cake

This is a nice change from apple pie. It's tasty and worthy of a special occasion—plus, it’s very easy to make. —Ellen Ruzinsky, Yorktown Heights, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    15 servings


  • 2-3/4 pounds McIntosh, Jonathan or Granny Smith apples, peeled and thinly sliced (11 cups)
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar, divided
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


  • Preheat oven to 425°. In a large bowl, toss apples with brown sugar and 2 teaspoons cinnamon.
  • In another large bowl, beat 1 cup sugar, oil, eggs, orange juice and vanilla until well blended. In a third bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt; gradually beat into sugar mixture.
  • Transfer half the batter to an ungreased 13x9-in. baking pan. Top with apples. Spread remaining batter over apples. Mix remaining cinnamon and sugar; sprinkle over top. Bake 10 minutes.
  • Reduce oven setting to 375°. Bake until golden brown and apples are tender, 35-45 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 349 calories, 17g fat (2g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 138mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate (30g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.
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  • JMartinelli13
    Oct 15, 2020

    I completely messed up the batter division on this one, put too much in the bottom, but it still turned out great. I used Honeycrisps since it was what I had on hand. Makes the house smell amazing too! Definitely will make again!

  • Sandy
    Dec 6, 2019

    No comment left

  • charliesangel46
    Jan 30, 2014

    Love it this is awesome

  • gkelsay
    Nov 9, 2013

    Looked and smelled so good, but what a disappointment flavor-wise. The cake and the apple filling were very blah and devoid of flavor. I have so many other good apple recipes and would definitely not make this again.

  • delowenstein
    Oct 24, 2013

    I decided to prepare this cake for the first time & I made it 10/24/13. I DID make adjustments on the recipe: I had Red Delicious & Granny Smith apples, so I used 8 total cups instead of 11 cups of apples. I also greased and floured the 13x9x2" baking pan. I used 1/2 cup orange juice and added 1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg to the sifted dry ingredients. I also used 1 tsp. kosher salt. I kept the amounts of the brown sugar, sugar, flour, baking powder, vanilla, eggs, oil, ground cinnamon the same! I wanted to see how 8 cups of apples would work! I recall one time making an apple pie and it looked to me like a moon crater as I'd added so many apples to it! It was like the pie was just sunken in the middle instead of a nice high top!I did use the brown sugar and cinnamon with the apples as instructed and then I topped 1/2 the batter in prepared pan with the apples. Then I spread the balance of the cake batter over the apples and sprinkled the 1 Tbsp. sugar/1 tsp. cinnamon over top of batter and baked cake as directed in recipe. It has a fragrant aroma already! I plan to give this cake to a friend. And Ellen, you are right! This cake IS more like apple pie, than cake on account of the layers of batter and apple filling! I consider this recipe a definite keeper for me! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe with Taste of Home! Dawn E. Lowenstein