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Spiced Apple Dessert Recipe

Spiced Apple Dessert Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. Transfer to an 8-in. square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  • 3. 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. Yield: 9 servings.

Nutritional 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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wisdL User ID: 8629485 237828
Reviewed 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 User ID: 7832140 94847
Reviewed 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 User ID: 5486944 208691
Reviewed 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 User ID: 441425 76100
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2010

"Great-tasting down-home dessert! easy, too!"

mvalet User ID: 4235209 94986
Reviewed 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 User ID: 1033843 208690
Reviewed 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 User ID: 1496097 149420
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2009

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

audrapauline User ID: 2497146 163730
Reviewed 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."

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