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Spiced Apple Dessert

Drizzled with warm caramel sauce, this classic and comforting, old-fashioned dessert is an heirloom recipe. “It was passed down from my Great-Aunt Syd,” writes Anne Livingston from Evanston, Illinois. “It’s so good in wintertime and no one ever guesses it’s as light as it is!” TASTY TIP Chopped pecans make an easy but elegant substitute in this recipe.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    9 servings


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups shredded peeled tart apples
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Combine egg and apples; add to flour mixture and mix well. Stir in walnuts.
  • Transfer to an 8-in. square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • For sauce, in a small nonstick saucepan, combine the brown sugar, flour and salt. Gradually add water; stir until smooth. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Cook and stir 1-2 minutes longer or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in butter and vanilla. Serve with warm apple dessert.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 251 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 264mg sodium, 52g carbohydrate (38g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • catweber
    Mar 21, 2020

    Quick and tasty! Made several times, always good!

  • Christene
    Feb 6, 2020

    So of my husband's favorites.

  • wisdL
    Nov 22, 2015

    This is a superb recipe!!!Although the 1 cup sugar is way too sweet for the proportion. I found it tastier when it is a lot less sweeter so I cut the sugar into 1/2 a cup per 1 cup flour.And may even taper the sugar amount further if the caramel sauce is going to be used.Thank you so much, I served this to our community who comes to our Sunday services at the church.Indeed a blessing to us!Blessings to you all as well in Christ!

  • Sweethymes
    Jun 12, 2014

    This is perhaps the best recipe I have found. It was super easy to make. I baked it a little over thirty minutes till the cake firmed up enough. The sauce was very good. I definitely will use it with other things. My family was surprised to find this cake had no butter or oil. It was so rich and moist, yet comforting in texture and body. I can't say enough about how good it is! Thank you so much for sharing a recipe that I plan to make often.

  • amandawilliams
    Jan 4, 2011

    I had a whole bunch of apples I needed to use before they went bad. This was the perfect recipe and a hit for the company we had over.

  • cwbuff
    Oct 9, 2010

    Great-tasting down-home dessert! Easy, too!

  • mvalet
    Sep 15, 2010

    Absolutely amazing! Made as written with pecans in place of the walnuts. Either part would be wonderful by itself, but together it blows your mind! Caramel sauce is husbands new favorite for anything using caramel. Whole thing is the whole family's favorite!

  • moomoo31
    Sep 6, 2010

    Yum!! I made this recipe exactly as written (substituting pecans for walnuts). Very moist and delicious! A great comfort dessert for a brisk autumn evening! Plus the house smelled wonderful while it baked!

  • Jeannine Savard
    Oct 13, 2009

    I loved this dessert, it was quick and easy to do and found it very moist.

  • audrapauline
    Jul 5, 2009

    I added 1 tablespoon canola oil and 2 tablespoons of applesauce. I omitted the walnuts due to family's allergies. I used about 3 cups of shredded McIntosh apples. It took longer than 30 minutes to bake but the cake turned out very moist. Poured carmel sauce over cake about 5 minutes after removing it from oven. Everyone loved it. I plan to use the carmel sauce for other cakes.