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Easy Apple Cake

After testing many apple cake recipes with fresh apples, this old-fashioned cake is moist, dense and down-home delicious. Even better, it 's quick to fix and, served warm with whipped cream or a dollop of frozen custard, one of my family’s very favorite recipes for decades. —Sherry Ashenfelter, Waterville, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    20 servings


  • 1-3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups finely chopped peeled tart apples
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1-1/4 cups whipped topping


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, beat the sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla until well blended. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and baking soda; gradually beat into sugar mixture until blended. Fold in apples and walnuts.
  • Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 35-45 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Serve with whipped topping.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 278 calories, 16g fat (3g saturated fat), 32mg cholesterol, 169mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • Katie
    Jun 26, 2020

    This is a great recipe. I use 4 cups of rhubarb instead of apples and top with brown sugar and cinnamon prior to baking otherwise it is the same. I also serve with ice cream usually. It’s one of my favorite easy recipes.

  • Sandra
    Apr 7, 2020

    I previously rated this less because the batter was thick like cookie dough. I was concerned it wasn't right. I was wrong! The thick batter baked perfectly and the cake is moist and delicious!

  • Michele
    Mar 25, 2019

    I finally made this,OMG! Delicious! My husband,who doesn't even like sweets,ate several pieces! Topped with cool whip its unbeatable!

  • David
    Jan 3, 2019

    Very good! I subbed Splenda for baking for the sugar and 1/2 cup of Whey protein powder for a 1/2 cup of the flour. I'm thinking about trying other ingredients such as Blueberries, peaches, pineapples and such instead of apples. Would I still use the cinnamon or another spice seasoning? I am a transplant survivpr and a diabetic.

  • Chona
    Dec 8, 2016

    Perfect! The best yummy delicious so good Easy Apple Cake. Reduced sugar to 1 1/2 cup and use red delicious apple. I will make it again. It's a keeper.

  • Loiscooks
    Dec 18, 2015

    Very good cake. I will definitely make this again.

  • lynnpitz
    Oct 24, 2015

    Deeeelicious! I've made this twice for parties, and everyone raved about this cake! I wouldn't change a thing! It's moist, light, and I love the crackled, crisp top! I served it with whipped cream and drizzled salted caramel sauce! Easy and enjoyable to make and your kitchen will smell devine!

  • reallyerica
    Oct 4, 2015

    Really good! The texture of this cake was even better than I expected. Moist and substantial without being too wet or heavy with a light crackling crisp top that I dusted with powdered sugar. Looked pretty and tasted yummy! Perhaps because I used sweet apples instead of tart, I think it would have been better if I'd reduced the amount of sugar a bit.

  • netbfine520
    Nov 22, 2014

    Great Recipe!

  • Bnjmcleod
    Dec 4, 2013

    I made this for my boss's mid-morning birthday party, and it was a huge hit! Super simple...and hearty enough for a breakfast treat. I made a few changes:- substituted 1/2 the oil for organic cold-pressed coconut oil (the flavor enhanced it greatly)- added a scant 1/8 tsp. of Cardamom- sprinkled the warm cake lightly with Turbinado sugar just for another fun texture- used a few more apples. We had quite a harvest of Honey Crisp apples this year and my frozen portions are probably more like 2-1/2 to 3 cups. I coarsely chopped and then drained the thawed apples before adding to the batter.- Baking time took a little longer in my glass 13 x 9 pan.I had requests for the recipe after the party and will make this regularly at home. It's fabulous and very flavorful! Excellent alone or with whipped cream or ice cream.