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Clove Apple Cake

"This spicy and sweet cake is a wonderful coffee-time dessert, especially with the creamy custard sauce," notes Kim Marie Van Rheenen of Mendota, Illinois.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 35 min.
  • Makes
    6-8 servings


  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped peeled tart apples
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Additional ground cloves, optional


  • In a bowl, cream butter, sugar and cloves. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine flour and baking powder; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk. Fold in apples. Transfer to a greased and floured 9-in. round baking pan. Bake at 375° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  • Meanwhile, in a saucepan, combine sugar, flour and milk until smooth. Bring to a boil over medium-heat; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened and bubbly. Remove from the heat. Stir a small amount into egg; return all to pan. bring to a gentle boil. Reduce heat; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; whisk in butter and vanilla. Serve over warm cake. Sprinkle with ground cloves if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 381 calories, 18g fat (10g saturated fat), 125mg cholesterol, 242mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (31g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein.

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  • Eric
    Feb 23, 2020

    This is a fantastic cake and the custard sauce is absolutely great. We were a little skeptical at the amount of cloves it called for, but after tasting it we added more to the custard. Could use just a tiny pinch of salt in the cake though.

  • Mary in Ohio
    Oct 29, 2012

    Way too much cloves. The custard sauce cut the strong flavor a little. No one had more than a small piece. It's also impossible to cut because it falls apart before coming out of the pan.

  • bernerlover
    Oct 1, 2012

    thought this was really good. Hubby loved it too. made it yesterday and already want to make another one.

  • mmfre469
    Dec 22, 2010

    I have made this cake several times. it is definately a dense cake, but served warm with the sauce on top it is awesome!

  • Margaret
    Nov 13, 2007

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