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Apple Harvest Cake

Tender apple slices and subtle flavors make this old-fashioned cake one of our favorites.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    12-15 servings


  • 2-1/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 medium tart apples, peeled and cubed
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • Whipped cream and additional cinnamon, optional


  • In a large bowl, beat 2 cups sugar, oil, eggs, orange juice and vanilla until well blended. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually beat into sugar mixture until blended. Stir in apples.
  • Spread half of the batter into a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Combine cinnamon and remaining sugar; sprinkle over batter. Carefully spread remaining batter over the top.
  • Bake at 350° for 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Garnish with whipped cream and additional cinnamon if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 376 calories, 16g fat (2g saturated fat), 57mg cholesterol, 176mg sodium, 54g carbohydrate (34g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • sd20
    Jan 11, 2018

    Very good and not to difficult to make. Next time I make it I will add more of the cinnamon / sugar mixture as per family request.

  • BakerDeborah
    Sep 29, 2016

    I've been making this cake for 3 years now and it has become a family favorite. I do find splitting the batter in half a challenge, but the cinnamon in the middle is totally worth it.

  • fivertherabbit
    Nov 3, 2011

    My family and I loved this cake!

  • mythyagain
    Sep 20, 2010

    Easy to make and uses ingredients that I'm likely to have on hand. Delicious served warm with ice cream or left-overs can be used for breakfast or lunch.

  • RenaeR
    Sep 13, 2010

    I have found an apple cake I would make time and again. It is so wonderful, easy... and perfect.