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Apple Cake

IOWA—"We are retired and not longer have an orchard, but we bury crisp apples each fall from a nearby fruit grower. My husband and I really enjoy them, so we always get several bushels. We each eat an apple a day in winter. "For get-togethers, I like to make apple pie, apple salad or Apple Cake (recipe below). It's a moist yummy cake with a rich sweet butter sauce." —Leona Luecking, West Burlington
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min.
  • Makes
    9 servings


  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 medium tart apples, peeled and grated
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half cream


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg; gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in apples and walnuts.
  • Pour into a greased 8-in. square baking dish. Bake 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Meanwhile, in a saucepan, melt butter. Stir in sugars and cream. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve over warm cake.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 443 calories, 21g fat (11g saturated fat), 71mg cholesterol, 379mg sodium, 61g carbohydrate (48g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • sudiiptaa
    Oct 29, 2014

    Nice cake

  • GirishKatta
    May 13, 2014

    Nice cake

  • ShellKs
    Jan 21, 2014

    I searched for...and finally found...a apple cake that wasn't huge or have oil involved. This is lovely. I used four mini-loaf pans--buttered/sugared. I will definitely double or triple with sugared muffin tins!I did not do the butter sauce.

  • Caroa
    Oct 19, 2013

    This Cake reminds me of the old days when I was little that my mom would have tired. I made it and loved it today I am making a double batch of it, I thought it was missing an ingredient but to my surprise it was very good, I even added a little more cinnamon because I love cinnamon. This is a great fall recipe and will make it for Thanksgiving and Christmas

  • TerryH1387
    Sep 22, 2013

    Didn't have the same success as the other raters. It didn't turn out evenly and I agree with earlier comment that the sauce had too much butter. Was disappointed.

  • billieboy57
    Dec 3, 2012

    the cake was good but the sauce had waaay too much butter it in, it actually floated to the top so I threw it out. Certainly I could find a better recipe for sauce :-(

  • mugscie
    Oct 20, 2011

    Simple, delicious, and so very moist. This is one of the best cake I have ever made. Has been added to my recipe file. Thank you for sharing it!

  • jenilovesdaisies
    Jul 28, 2011

    Moist and delicious!

  • katlaydee3
    Nov 8, 2010

    Great cake recipe. Lots of flavor and nice that it's not too big.

  • taterbutt
    Sep 16, 2010

    absolutely wonderful, we all loved it. Just right for small families.