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Adams County Apple Cake

Our part of Pennsylvania is known as "Apple Country". This cake is one of my family's favorites. It's great for a lunch box treat.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1-1/2 hours + cooling
  • Makes
    16 servings


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 cups plus 5 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 medium tart apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • Confectioners' sugar, optional


  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, 2 cups of the sugar, oil, eggs, orange juice, salt and vanilla. Beat until thoroughly combined. In another bowl, toss apples with cinnamon and remaining sugar. Spread one-third of batter in a greased 10-in. tube pan. Cover with half of the apples. Repeat layers. Spoon remaining batter over top.
  • Bake at 350° for 1-1/2 hours or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 20 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Just before serving, dust with confectioners' sugar if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 356 calories, 15g fat (2g saturated fat), 53mg cholesterol, 165mg sodium, 52g carbohydrate (32g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • Cara Lynn
    Nov 8, 2020

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  • 2124arizona
    Jul 3, 2017

    This reminds me of the German apple cake only it has 3 layers of delicious cinnamon apples!! This cake turned out perfect!! Great recipe!!

  • d_romero
    Oct 15, 2013

    Just made this cake and the batter was so thick thought I might have left out a wet ingredient so doubled check and I put everything in but the batter looked more like a biscuit batter and it stuck to my pan after greasing plenty what do you think went wrong, was so looking forward to it looks so good in picture, I'm disappointed.

  • coconutpatty
    Sep 29, 2013

    This is very moist and easy to make. I halved the recipe for my husband and myself, baking it in an 8x8" glass dish at 325 degrees for about 45 minutes. As others mentioned, I added nutmeg to the cinnamon and sugar to mix with the apples, using less sugar than called for. I used half the batter for the bottom, a single layer of [Macintosh] apples and the remaining batter on top, and sprinkled a little sugar/cinnamon mixture on top. This is a keeper.

  • lovesfall
    Mar 2, 2013

    made this recipe, took it to work, EVERYONE LOVED it! cut back on the sugar by 1/4 cup- used cider instead of orange juice and added 1/2 tsp. nutmeg. Delicious!

  • eharel
    Nov 25, 2012

    I had two people ask me for the recipe the first time I made it! It was that good!

  • thetanners2004
    Jun 2, 2012

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  • BeeBopALula
    Feb 23, 2012

    I found the batter very stiff and spreading the batter over the apples was difficult. I went over the recipe and not sure why the batter was so difficult.

  • RFM
    Nov 28, 2011

    I add 50ml Eggnog and mix with the rest of ingredients. Also 4 and a half apples with cinnamon and brown sugar. On the top of the bread before serving I pinceled confectioners 'sugar with Eggnog, because my husband loves Eggnog. THe cake tastes reaaaaaally good and smells mmmh!

  • candyviolet
    Nov 7, 2011

    I made this with Jonithan apple and it turned out great.I gave to friends and they all love it.I will be sure making it again