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Chunky Apple Cake

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling

Makes

15 servings

After taste testing apple cake recipes, I've found this particular recipe the best. Full of old-world comfort, the yummy brown sugar sauce really makes the cake special. For a festive occasion, top with a dollop of whipped cream. —Debi Benson, Bakersfield, California

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 6 cups chopped peeled tart apples
  • BUTTERSCOTCH SAUCE:
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, cream the butter, sugar and vanilla. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well (batter will be stiff). Stir in apples until well combined.
  2. Spread into a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until top is lightly browned and springs back when lightly touched. Cool for 30 minutes before serving.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine brown sugar and butter. Cook over medium heat until butter is melted. Gradually add cream. Bring to a slow boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat. Serve with cake.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • If you find it hard to slice cinnamon roll dough with a knife, try dental floss. Place a piece under the rolled dough, 1 inch from the end. Bring the floss up around the dough and cross it over the top to slice neatly through. Repeat at 1-inch intervals.
  • Dark brown sugar contains more molasses than light or golden brown sugar. The types are generally interchangeable in recipes. But if you prefer a bolder flavor, choose dark brown sugar.
  • You can make all 42 of these apple recipes in your 13x9.
  • Nutrition Facts

    1 piece with 1 tablespoon sauce: 339 calories, 13g fat (8g saturated fat), 58mg cholesterol, 209mg sodium, 54g carbohydrate (39g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein.