Old-Fashioned Apple Cake Recipe

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Everyone enjoys biting into this moist dark cake—they're greeted with an abundance of apples, nuts and chocolate chips! I hope you try this home-style dessert today.—Iola Egle, Bella Vista, Arkansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling
MAKES:12-15 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling
MAKES: 12-15 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 medium tart apples, peeled and shredded
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 418 calories, 20g fat (9g saturated fat), 75mg cholesterol, 285mg sodium, 57g carbohydrate (38g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.


  1. In a bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Beat in water and extracts. Combine dry ingredients; add to creamed mixture. stir in apples, walnuts and chips. Pour into a greased and floured 10-in. fluted tube pan. Bake at 325° for 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes; remove to a wire rack. Combine sugar and cardamom in a blender; process for 1 minute. Sprinkle 3-5 tablespoons over cooled cake. Store remaining sugar in an airtight container for another use. Yield: 12-15 servings.
Originally published as Old-Fashioned Apple Cake in Taste of Home October/November 1997, p41

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Reviewed Sep. 22, 2012 Edited Nov. 5, 2014

"This cake is so moist and delicious! I make it often every fall. It's a great dessert to bring to a potluck."

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