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Adams County Apple Cake Recipe

Adams County Apple Cake Recipe

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 YIELD:12-16 servings


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 cups plus 5 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 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


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. Bake at 350° for 1-1/2 hours or until a toothpick inserted near 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. Yield: 12-16 servings.

Nutritional 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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2124arizona User ID: 845443 268902
Reviewed 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 User ID: 3062557 10562
Reviewed 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 User ID: 3240781 13582
Reviewed 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 User ID: 7157338 40531
Reviewed 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 User ID: 6699001 21821
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2012

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

BeeBopALula User ID: 4512432 13579
Reviewed 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 User ID: 5003679 21650
Reviewed 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 User ID: 6293897 35147
Reviewed 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"

Genowefa User ID: 4395145 40529
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2011

"I made the cake this evening. I replaced 1 cup of the sugar with Splenda granulated. My husband and I really enjoyed this cake. It beats store bought and I will be making this again. Thank you for the recipe."

colleen471 User ID: 6282292 10553
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2011

"i have made this before and everyones loves it"

PatWTS User ID: 117277 26022
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2010

"This is one of the best and easiest to prepare apple cakes that I have ever made! I took it to my church this morning to serve to the 8-10 women who had gathered to peel 5 bushels of apples for an upcoming dinner and it got rave reviews. Will definately make it again....and AGAIN!!"

flcountrygrl User ID: 2629585 7441
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2010

"I made this last night for a friend's retirement party. I used less cinnamon, added a touch of fresh nutmeg & omitted the sugar on the apples. I also added black walnuts on top of each layer of apples.  I found the baking time too long, will try 1 hr next time. Regardless of what I left out, this cake was so good & I have had raves all day & several people want the recipe. I can't wait to make it again."

jennifervonende User ID: 2816989 13235
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2010

"I added extra apples (3-Honeycrisp and 3- Braeburn apples) and ground cinnamon/sugar and gently mixed into the batter instead of layering. Also, added a touch of nutmeg and walnuts to the apple mix and finished it off with icing glaze. I used a butter knife to check the doneness of the cake Thanks to a suggestion from bingandruth's comment. Thank you for sharing this wonderful and delicious recipe!"

lizzielo User ID: 5298929 14261
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2010

"Love the cake- excellent recipe!"

bwhetzel User ID: 1679204 36002
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2010

"This is the most moist apple cake I have ever made and I have cooked for 50 years. Hats of to the author of this recipe. Made in rose bundt pan and came out beautiful.... so very easy to make ...thanks a bunch....always use Taste of Home Recipes.."

GrandmaHadley User ID: 5509969 14260
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2010

"This was easy to make, delicious, moist cake. We will make it again and again."

bingandruth User ID: 142844 13540
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2010

"But, be sure to bake it long enough! The toothpick came out clean, but did not get deep enough to know! Next time I will use a knife to test doneness. (also, be sure your baking powder is new)."

grebnerg User ID: 5420117 39016
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2010

"I had a dinner party and served this cake, everyone enjoyed it so much they all asked for the reciipe"

egan8910 User ID: 2243027 35791
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2010

"I made this cake and my family raved about it. I am making it again today by request! Mmmmm good!"

cookingmoose User ID: 1763160 13231
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2009

"this a a very tasty cake and easy to make its my husbands favorite right now . he says he likes it even better if you would warm it up in the microwave and top it off with whipping cream. me , I like it either way"

fayeandbill User ID: 2424842 38520
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2009

"what are the best apples to use in making this cake?"

melara User ID: 4068875 10532
Reviewed May. 16, 2009

"this cake taste very good and not to hard to make. thank you"

mrsrugman User ID: 3689920 26021
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2008

"I made this cake for a church was delicious!! And gone quickly! It has a moist, dense texture and wonderful apple flavor. My changes were 1tsp. nutmeg to replace 1tsp. cinnamon.  And I added an icing glaze to the top. Thanks for a wonderful recipe!  "

hollyez User ID: 3350271 14242
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2008

"I made this for my family and it was a great hit!!! It was moist and not to sweet. Good as dessert or for a breakfast treat with coffee. I will definitely make again and again. Thank you."

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