Chunky Apple-Cinnamon Cake

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling


15 servings

Updated: Sep. 20, 2023
This is a nice change from apple pie. It's tasty and worthy of a special occasion—plus, it’s very easy to make. —Ellen Ruzinsky, Yorktown Heights, New York
Chunky Apple-Cinnamon Cake Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2-3/4 pounds McIntosh, Jonathan or Granny Smith apples, peeled and thinly sliced (11 cups)
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar, divided
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Preheat oven to 425°. In a large bowl, toss apples with brown sugar and 2 teaspoons cinnamon.
  2. In another large bowl, beat 1 cup sugar, oil, eggs, orange juice and vanilla until well blended. In a third bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt; gradually beat into sugar mixture.
  3. Transfer half the batter to an ungreased 13x9-in. baking pan. Top with apples. Spread remaining batter over apples. Mix remaining cinnamon and sugar; sprinkle over top. Bake 10 minutes.
  4. Reduce oven setting to 375°. Bake until golden brown and apples are tender, 35-45 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 349 calories, 17g fat (2g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 138mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate (30g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.