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Chunky Apple Snack Cake

We enjoy this cake as a snack, packed in lunches or as a scrumptious dessert when warmed and topped with a scoop of low-fat ice cream. If the batter seems really thick, don't worry: Once you stir in the apples it loosens up. —Cindy Beberman, Orland Park, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    20 servings


  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 medium Gala or Fuji apples, shredded (about 4 cups)
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Coat a 13x9-in. baking pan with cooking spray. In a large bowl, beat eggs, brown sugar, melted butter, sugar and vanilla until well blended. In another bowl, whisk flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into egg mixture. Stir in apples and pecans.
  • Transfer to prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 25-30 minutes. Cool in pan on a wire rack.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 160 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 30mg cholesterol, 146mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat.
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  • Laura
    Oct 27, 2020

    Thank you for this super recipe. I have made it many times in 2020. I recommend the following changes: 6 pears that are really ripe and produce a lot of juice instead of apples - shred these pears first and let them sweat a little bit. These juices make the batter much easier to manage. To make it healthier - I removed the 1/4 cup of white sugar and replaced with two scoops of flavorless protein powder. If it isn't sweet enough for your family - just add vanilla bean ice cream on top!

  • MargeD24
    Jun 28, 2018

    This is a great recipe but your new recipe format is not very user-friendly. Most of the recipes no longer fit on one page to print and there is no option to print only selected reviews

  • MarineMom_texas
    Mar 19, 2018

    I prepared this cake today and it is delicious. Instead of shredding the apples, I cut them into small dice. The batter is extremely thick and I found it hard to mix in the apples so I recommend shredding them if possible. I think it might make the dough a little more manageable. The cake rose nicely once in the pan and both hubby and I agree that it is delicious.

  • mrkcook
    Feb 22, 2018

    I liked this cake. It isn't the most impressive cake you will make, but it is good, very moist and not too sweet. I like that it is diabetic friendly, even though no one in my home is diabetic. I did grate the apples but think I will try chopping them very small next time. Love the nuts; they really make the cake!

  • mamaknowsbest
    Aug 22, 2016

    Easy to make and very good! Not overly sweet. Great way to use up some apples. If you like cinnamon, double the amount. This makes an excellant quick breakfast, with a little bit of butter on top. Also, can be dressed up a little with sprinkling of powder sugar on top. As a volunteer Field editor for taste of home magazine, I enjoy recipes that use classic ingredients.

  • chaosmommy
    Aug 20, 2016

    These were terrific for the kids and husband to take in their lunches and grab as a quick breakfast. I added a pinch of nutmeg, and left out the nuts.