Aunt Lou's Fresh Apple Cake Recipe
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Aunt Lou's Fresh Apple Cake Recipe

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My Great-Aunt Lou made a luscious apple cake that became a family tradition. My mom makes it for our annual beach trip to the Outer Banks. —Cristy King, Scott Depot, West Virginia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 cups chopped peeled apples (about 3 medium)

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 445 calories, 20g fat (2g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 249mg sodium, 62g carbohydrate (37g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour a 10-in. fluted tube pan.
  2. In a large bowl, beat sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla until well blended. In another bowl, whisk flour, salt and baking powder; gradually beat into oil mixture. Stir in apples. Transfer batter to prepared pan.
  3. Bake 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Run a knife around sides and center tube of pan. Remove cake to a wire rack to cool. Yield: 12 servings.
Editor’s Note: To remove cakes easily, use solid shortening to grease plain and fluted tube pans.
Originally published as Aunt Lou's Fresh Apple Cake in Taste of Home September/October 2015, p64

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seafarerharbor User ID: 1413872 254128
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2016 Edited Sep. 15, 2016

"My aunt in FL and my mother-in-law in WV shared this recipe with our family with some slight variations, adding 1-2 cups walnuts, coarsely chopped, 1/4 cup milk, 1/2 Tbsp apple pie spice, 2-4 tsp. cinnamon, and 1 tsp. baking soda, not baking powder. We used a glaze using 1 stick butter, 1 cup brown sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla and 1/4 can canned cream or milk. We also tried another glaze with the confectionary sugar instead of the brown sugar. Both are delicious. Suggested fresh apples are Granny Smith or Golden Delicious. I have also seen this recipe paired with a Cream Cheese Frosting using 1/2 cup butter, softened, 1 box confectioner's sugar, 1 8-oz package cream cheese, softened, and 1 tsp. vanilla extract."

peaco User ID: 176928 244903
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2016

"Fantastic cake! csadoff... you must have went wrong somewhere... turned out perfectly for me... ;-)"

Jellybug User ID: 53068 244877
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2016

"Amazing!! ..not a waste at all..not sure what that was about, all I can say was gone in a flash!! Great Job Cristy and hats off to your great-aunt Lou <3"

csadoff User ID: 4138399 242308
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2016

"I was so looking forward to having a slice of this cake. With a winter storm going on outside I made this cake. First of all I noticed the batter was very thick. Much to my disappointment the cake was awful. And to think of all the ingredients I wasted. Don't waste your time."

nextpagecreations User ID: 8486556 236359
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2015

"This was so good and easy, I made 2 cakes in one week."

LeslieKernozek User ID: 2188900 235444
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2015

"Simple & tastes amazing!!"

aug2295 User ID: 4631582 234842
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2015

"Delicious, easy to make cake with simple ingredients."

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