Apple Cake with Lemon Sauce Recipe
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Apple Cake with Lemon Sauce Recipe

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I make this delicious apple cake with the apples we get from a local orchard. Growers here in Ohio produce a wide variety of apples, and they're all good!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 55 min.
MAKES:20-24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 55 min.
MAKES: 20-24 servings


  • CAKE:
  • 3 eggs
  • 1-3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups sliced peeled tart apples
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 large lemon
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1-1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 4 teaspoons butter

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 285 calories, 14g fat (2g saturated fat), 46mg cholesterol, 216mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (28g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein .


  1. For cake, beat eggs; add sugar, oil and vanilla. In separate bowl, combine the flour, soda, cinnamon and salt. Add flour mixture to egg mixture all at once; blend and stir. Add apples, nuts and raisins to mixture; blend well. Pour batter into well-greased 11-in. x 7-in. baking pan (13-in. x 9-in. baking pan may be used); decrease baking time by 15-20 minutes. Bake at 375° for 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  2. For sauce, grate peel from lemon; measure out 1-1/2 teaspoons rind. Squeeze lemon; measure 3 tablespoons juice. Set aside. Beat egg yolks lightly; set aside. In separate bowl, blend sugar, cornstarch and salt. Measure water into saucepan; gradually stir in sugar mixture. Cook, stirring, until mixture boils clear and thickens. Remove from heat. Beat small amount of hot mixture into egg yolks. Return yolk mixture to saucepan; cook and stir about 2 minutes. Remove from heat; add lemon peel, juice and butter. Pour sauce over cake. Yield: 20-24 servings.
Originally published as Apple Cake with Lemon Sauce in Country August/September 1990, p51

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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Tinaaa 15794
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2014

"I just finished making this cake and it is delicious! I didn't have pecans so used almonds instead and it turned out wonderful! This will be my "go to" apple dessert from now on!"

cookinfanatic25 41451
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2012

"This recipe is fairly easy to make. It was my first time making a dessert sauce, so I was a little nervous about how it would turn out. It is delicious. I didn't add raisins but did add an extra cup of sliced apples"

Judy070 41450
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2010

"One of my favorite apple cake recipes!"

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