Clove Apple Cake Recipe
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Clove Apple Cake Recipe

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"This spicy and sweet cake is a wonderful coffee-time dessert, especially with the creamy custard sauce," notes Kim Marie Van Rheenen of Mendota, Illinois.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped peeled tart apples
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Additional ground cloves, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 381 calories, 18g fat (10g saturated fat), 125mg cholesterol, 242mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (31g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein .


  1. In a bowl, cream butter, sugar and cloves. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine flour and baking powder; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk. Fold in apples. Transfer to a greased and floured 9-in. round baking pan. Bake at 375° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  2. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, combine sugar, flour and milk until smooth. Bring to a boil over medium-heat; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened and bubbly. Remove from the heat. Stir a small amount into egg; return all to pan. bring to a gentle boil. Reduce heat; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; whisk in butter and vanilla. Serve over warm cake. Sprinkle with ground cloves if desired. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Clove Apple Cake in Taste of Home October/November 1999, p57

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Mary in Ohio 26817
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2012

"Way too much cloves. The custard sauce cut the strong flavor a little. No one had more than a small piece. It's also impossible to cut because it falls apart before coming out of the pan."

bernerlover 28060
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2012

"thought this was really good. Hubby loved it too. made it yesterday and already want to make another one."

mmfre469 72843
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2010

"I have made this cake several times. it is definately a dense cake, but served warm with the sauce on top it is awesome!"

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