Adams County Apple Cake Recipe
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Adams County Apple Cake Recipe

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Our part of Pennsylvania is known as "Apple Country". This cake is one of my family's favorites. It's great for a lunch box treat.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1-1/2 hours + cooling
MAKES:12-16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1-1/2 hours + cooling
MAKES: 12-16 servings


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 cups plus 5 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 medium tart apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • Confectioners' sugar, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 356 calories, 15g fat (2g saturated fat), 53mg cholesterol, 165mg sodium, 52g carbohydrate (32g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, 2 cups of the sugar, oil, eggs, orange juice, salt and vanilla. Beat until thoroughly combined. In another bowl, toss apples with cinnamon and remaining sugar. Spread one-third of batter in a greased 10-in. tube pan. Cover with half of the apples. Repeat layers. Spoon remaining batter over top.
  2. Bake at 350° for 1-1/2 hours or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 20 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Just before serving, dust with confectioners' sugar if desired. Yield: 12-16 servings.
Originally published as Adams County Apple Cake in Country August/September 1993, p51

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d_romero User ID: 3062557 10562
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2013

"Just made this cake and the batter was so thick thought I might have left out a wet ingredient so doubled check and I put everything in but the batter looked more like a biscuit batter and it stuck to my pan after greasing plenty what do you think went wrong, was so looking forward to it looks so good in picture, I'm disappointed."

coconutpatty User ID: 3240781 13582
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2013

"This is very moist and easy to make. I halved the recipe for my husband and myself, baking it in an 8x8" glass dish at 325 degrees for about 45 minutes. As others mentioned, I added nutmeg to the cinnamon and sugar to mix with the apples, using less sugar than called for. I used half the batter for the bottom, a single layer of [Macintosh] apples and the remaining batter on top, and sprinkled a little sugar/cinnamon mixture on top. This is a keeper."

lovesfall User ID: 7157338 40531
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2013

"made this recipe, took it to work, EVERYONE LOVED it! cut back on the sugar by 1/4 cup- used cider instead of orange juice and added 1/2 tsp. nutmeg. Delicious!"

eharel User ID: 6699001 21821
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2012

"I had two people ask me for the recipe the first time I made it! It was that good!"

BeeBopALula User ID: 4512432 13579
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2012

"I found the batter very stiff and spreading the batter over the apples was difficult. I went over the recipe and not sure why the batter was so difficult."

RFM User ID: 5003679 21650
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2011

"I add 50ml Eggnog and mix with the rest of ingredients. Also 4 and a half apples with cinnamon and brown sugar. On the top of the bread before serving I pinceled confectioners 'sugar with Eggnog, because my husband loves Eggnog. THe cake tastes reaaaaaally good and smells mmmh!"

candyviolet User ID: 6293897 35147
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2011

"I made this with Jonithan apple and it turned out great.I gave to friends and they all love it.I will be sure making it again"

Genowefa User ID: 4395145 40529
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2011

"I made the cake this evening. I replaced 1 cup of the sugar with Splenda granulated. My husband and I really enjoyed this cake. It beats store bought and I will be making this again. Thank you for the recipe."

colleen471 User ID: 6282292 10553
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2011

"i have made this before and everyones loves it"

PatWTS User ID: 117277 26022
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2010

"This is one of the best and easiest to prepare apple cakes that I have ever made! I took it to my church this morning to serve to the 8-10 women who had gathered to peel 5 bushels of apples for an upcoming dinner and it got rave reviews. Will definately make it again....and AGAIN!!"

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