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Golden Apple Snack Cake

This moist, old-fashioned cake is hard to beat, especially warmed up and finished off with a dollop of whipped topping. —Eckert Orchards, Belleville, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    9 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2-1/2 cups chopped peeled tart apples
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg. Combine the flour, baking soda and cinnamon; gradually beat into the creamed mixture. Fold in apples and pecans.
  • Transfer to a greased 9-in. square baking pan. Bake at 350° for 32-38 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 294 calories, 16g fat (7g saturated fat), 50mg cholesterol, 150mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • bicktasw
    May 25, 2017

    If you're looking for a recipe for a moist apple cake filled with juicy chunks of apple and a tender crumb .... look no further! This cake is VERY easy to make and is packed with apple and cinnamon flavors. I used margarine instead of butter and Gala apples (that's what I had on hand). I also baked it in a square glass baking dish .... lowered the baking temp to 325 degrees F and baked for 40-45 minutes. When it was cooled, I drizzled it with a glaze made from confectioner's sugar, cinnamon and milk. Next time I make it I want to try drizzling with caramel sauce or maybe browned butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. VERY good cake!!

  • justmbeth
    Nov 15, 2015

    Fabulous! This is simple and very tasty. It was even better the second day. I left out the pecans but I thought it was still good without them.

  • msmom4
    Sep 28, 2015

    This was a big hit. The only change I made was to double the cinnamon, added freshly ground nutmeg (approximately 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon), and because of nut allergies substituted 1/2 cup Craisins. My husband and kids loved it!

  • Juanecita
    Sep 17, 2015

    Made it last night.I found it necessary to bake at least 45 minutes. I was skeptical at first with the appearance of the batter mix.It was delicious. Will make it many times over with different apple varieties.Any suggestions?thanks.

  • starfish2000
    Mar 4, 2015

    I have been making an identical cake to this one for many years... let me make it even simpler! There is no need to cream butter and sugar together, this is not a light airy cake . Put all the ingredients, except apples and nuts, into a food processor and pulse until you have fine breadcrumbs, like making a crumble. Then mix in apples, nuts (I prefer sultanas) and beaten egg until combined. Done!I too was sceptical about this cake, as a pro baker it goes against the principles of cake making, but it is simple and delicious.I use more cinnamon as I find the taste disappears during cooking. I also have made the same cake using pears and chopped stem ginger... yummy.If you want to take it a step further pulse together 1/4 cup butter (1 stick/4 ounces), 1/4 cup Demerara sugar, 1/2 cup all purpose (plain) flour, a good pinch of salt and one teaspoon of cinnamon until it resembles slightly chunky breadcrumbs. Sprinkly over the top for a delicious crumble topped cake. Don't over pulse as it will become cookie dough!What a versatile little recipe... :o)

  • mamaknowsbest
    Oct 22, 2014

    Before writing this review, I emailed everyone I know this recipe! It is surprisingly wonderful. Made according to directions and was a bit skeptical before placing in oven. Much more like a thick dough than cake batter but it baked to a perfect tender texture. Unlike many apple cake recipes, this one the apple truely shines thru in the taste. I agree with others that the cut pieces look a little rustic but the flavor makes up for it. Baked exactly 32 minutes. Perfect.

  • troykelly
    Jan 4, 2014

    An excellent recipe...very moist and tasty. I added 1/2 a cup of raisins like someone suggested and omitted the nuts. I will definitely make this again.

  • swiss-angel
    Oct 1, 2013

    The cake is delicious and easy to make. However, it is difficult to make nice slices or cuts on the cake and would not make a nice presentation if you are planning to serve or give to others. Other than that, it's a flavurful and good cake.

  • alanaalana
    Apr 24, 2013

    incredible only one egg and sooooo delicious.. mmmmh cinnamon taste and lots of apple fruit .. I loved it, my friends too mmmmh Looks like this, smell a lot and tastes so good. I put only a bit less as 3/4 sugar combined with Brown and White sugar

  • SuzanneMarie2
    Jan 22, 2013

    Loved it! Dressed it up for company with ice cream & caramel sauce topping. It was just like a fancy dessert at a great restaurant.