Blue Ribbon Apple Cake Recipe

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Jennie Wilburn of Long Creek, Oregon credits, "A friend from New Hampshire gave me this recipe for her cake, which took a blue ribbon at the county fair."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 55 min. + cooling
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 55 min. + cooling
MAKES: 16 servings


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

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 353 calories, 15g fat (2g saturated fat), 53mg cholesterol, 165mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (32g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.


  1. In a bowl, combine flour, 2 cups sugar, baking powder and salt. Combine eggs, oil, orange juice and vanilla; add to flour mixture and mix well.
  2. In a bowl, toss apples with cinnamon and remaining sugar. Spread a third of the batter into a greased 10-in. tube pan. Top with half the apples. Repeat layers. Carefully spread remaining batter over apples.
  3. Bake at 350° for 55-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 15 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack; cool. Dust with confectioners' sugar. Yield: 16 servings.
Originally published as Blue Ribbon Apple Cake in Taste of Home October/November 1996, p17

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Dorothy User ID: 6894829 256348
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2016

"Best apple cake ever!!! The only one I have made for years. My daughter just requested it for her "birthday cake", it's that good."

CyndiPn User ID: 7519235 5507
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2013

"I have been making this cake for years; since I found it in a Taste of Home magazine back in the 90's. It gets awesome reviews and I personally LOVE it!! I make the cake itself exactly as directed. Sometimes I dust it with powdered sugar and sometimes I do a simple milk/powdered sugar glaze."

dkjfamily User ID: 5805492 16544
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2013

"I love apple pie so I was a little hesitant about making this cake. I'm glad I decided to make it anyway. We loved it."

sassyboots User ID: 1358999 28590
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2012

"Greatest Apple cake I've ever made."

joyriver User ID: 3203363 38923
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2009

"I forgot to click on the stars - would rate 5 star!"

joyriver User ID: 3203363 13571
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2009

"This cake is delicious and very moist. I added some chopped walnuts over the apple slices and liked the addition. This was raved over by guests. It kept moist for several days."

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