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Homemade Apple Cake

homemade apple cake Dessert
  • Prep 25 min
  • Total 1 hr 30 min
  • Servings 8

Think scratch cakes take all day? This perfectly sweet fall dessert begs to differ! In three easy steps and 25 minutes of prep, this home-baked treat could be yours for the eating. Warm apples, cinnamon and chopped walnuts are what makes this time-tested recipe truly irresistible. With 8 servings, this easy apple cake is ideal for an after-dinner dessert and would taste heavenly with a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream! MORE+ LESS-

Updated July 23, 2019

Ingredients

1/2
cup butter, softened
1
cup sugar
2
eggs
1/4
teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4
cups all-purpose flour
1
teaspoon baking soda
1
teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4
teaspoon salt
1 1/2
cups shredded peeled apples (about 2 medium apples)
1/2
cup chopped walnuts
1
quart vanilla or cinnamon ice cream

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 9-inch round cake pan with baking spray with flour.
  • 2
    In large bowl, beat butter and sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Stir in vanilla, flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Stir in apples and walnuts. Spoon into pan.
  • 3
    Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Remove from pan to cooling rack. Cool 10 minutes longer. Serve warm with ice cream.

Expert Tips

  • À la mode: a fancy phrase that means serving with a generous scoop of ice cream. Even fancier? Whip up some heavy cream, flavored with a splash of caramel coffee syrup and a dash of cinnamon.
  • The best baking apples are slightly tart, hold their shape during the cooking process and aren’t too juicy. Top choices are Granny Smith, Braeburn, Cortland, Northern Spy and Rome Beauty.
  • Spread a smear of peanut or almond butter on a slice of this moist cake for an on-the-go breakfast.
  • This cake is also delicious cooled and dusted with powdered sugar.
  • For more apple bite, chop the apples into small chunks rather than shredding them.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
490
Calories from Fat
230
% Daily Value
Total Fat
25g
39%
Saturated Fat
13g
63%
Trans Fat
1/2g
Cholesterol
115mg
38%
Sodium
380mg
16%
Potassium
230mg
6%
Total Carbohydrate
60g
20%
Dietary Fiber
2g
8%
Sugars
39g
Protein
7g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
15%
15%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
10%
10%
Iron
8%
8%
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 2 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 5 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
4
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • The best baking apples are slightly tart, so consider making your apple cake recipe with Granny Smith, Braeburn, Cortland, Northern Spy or Rome Beauty apples. Taste-test a few apples to find your region’s best varieties and give your easy apple cake just the right local flavor. While the recipe calls for walnuts, feel free to substitute pecans, almonds or another favorite nut. Not a fan of nuts or serving someone with a tree nut allergy? Omit them entirely, and the cake’s apple-forward richness will be as delicious as ever. Once your cake is baked and slightly cooled, you can top it with a drizzle of caramel sauce, a dusting of powdered sugar or a slather or cream cheese frosting. If you’re new to the wonderful world of apple cake, check out more recipes in Betty’s best apple cake recipe collection.

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