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Apple Cake with Lemon Sauce

I make this delicious apple cake with the apples we get from a local orchard. Growers here in Ohio produce a wide variety of apples, and they're all good!
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 55 min.
  • Makes
    20-24 servings


  • CAKE:
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1-3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups sliced peeled tart apples
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 large lemon
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1-1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 4 teaspoons butter


  • For cake, beat eggs; add sugar, oil and vanilla. In separate bowl, combine the flour, soda, cinnamon and salt. Add flour mixture to egg mixture all at once; blend and stir. Add apples, nuts and raisins to mixture; blend well. Pour batter into well-greased 11x7-in. baking pan (13x9-in. baking pan may be used); decrease baking time by 15-20 minutes. Bake at 375° for 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • For sauce, grate peel from lemon; measure out 1-1/2 teaspoons rind. Squeeze lemon; measure 3 tablespoons juice. Set aside. Beat egg yolks lightly; set aside. In separate bowl, blend sugar, cornstarch and salt. Measure water into saucepan; gradually stir in sugar mixture. Cook, stirring, until mixture boils clear and thickens. Remove from heat. Beat small amount of hot mixture into egg yolks. Return yolk mixture to saucepan; cook and stir about 2 minutes. Remove from heat; add lemon peel, juice and butter. Pour sauce over cake.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 285 calories, 14g fat (2g saturated fat), 46mg cholesterol, 216mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (28g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
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  • Tinaaa
    Mar 5, 2014

    I just finished making this cake and it is delicious! I didn't have pecans so used almonds instead and it turned out wonderful! This will be my "go to" apple dessert from now on!

  • cookinfanatic25
    Oct 22, 2012

    This recipe is fairly easy to make. It was my first time making a dessert sauce, so I was a little nervous about how it would turn out. It is delicious. I didn't add raisins but did add an extra cup of sliced apples

  • Judy070
    Oct 21, 2010

    One of my favorite apple cake recipes!