My grandma used to make a version of this for me when I was a little girl. She would make it using fresh apples from her tree in the back yard. I've adapted her recipe because I love the combination of apple, pecans, and caramel.—Emily Hobbs, Springfield, Missouri
I wish I could tell you this cake is a "keeper"...but in our family it never lasts long enough for me to find out! I prefer to use Cortland apples when I bake this cake, but any firm baking apple will work.
"My great-grandmother created this recipe, and it has been passed down through our family," shares Cyndi Martin of Montgomery, Illinois. Cinnamon nicely spices the moist snack cake that's made with tart apples, crunchy nuts and other everyday ingredients.
Shortly after I ended my professional baking career, I was feeling a little homesick for the old familiar trade, so I entered a local recipe contest. This recipe won top honors in the dessert category. What a thrill!—Bill Cowan, Hanover, Ontario
"When I was growing up, my mother used to make this during apple season," recalls Debbie Tilley of Riverview, Florida. "The original recipe called for butter and egg, but I replaced them with applesauce and egg substitute."
The homey dessert uses kitchen staples to create a comforting, but simple treat, with a meringue cookie-like topping and a apple-nut bottom. There are different versions of the recipe, but one of the most famous is this one from Bess Truman, the wife of President Harry Truman. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
Easy to prepare and popular with my friends and family, this apple cake is one of my all-time favorite autumn recipes. A slice of this soft treat is delicious with a hot cup of coffee or tea.—Monica Burns, Lusby, Maryland
Bring these extra-special cupcakes to your next bake sale and watch how quickly they disappear—if your family doesn't gobble them up first! Kids will go for the fun appearance and tasty toppings while adults will appreciate the moist spiced cake underneath. —Diane Halferty, Corpus Christi, Texas