Fresh Apple Cake

According to the calendar, Autumn has arrived… and in many parts of the country the temperatures are starting to cool off.  That hasn’t completely been the case here in my part of Southern California but yesterday we finally had high’s in the 90’s instead off 100+ so I was definitely ready to bake something fall-like with apples!  Of course I’m been saving lots of recipes during the seemingly endless hot hot summer so I had quite a few to choose from.  One, in particular caught my eye rather recently and I decided to run with it.  I’ve seen many Apple Cake recipes but this one from the King Arthur Flour company is a sure fired winner.  As my husband said, “if you like apples, and you like cake, then this is the cake for you!” :)

The weather here is supposed to really cool off for the next few days so I’m going to enjoy it thoroughly.  This apple cake was just the first of many autumn-style recipes I’m eager to bake up!  I’m so in love with so many of the recipes from the King Arthur Flour Company and this was yet another that did not disappoint.   Unfortunately my pictures do not do it justice but if you’ve got a few apples hanging around, I highly recommend this cake.  It comes together about as easily as can be… the cake is moist and flavorful and the apples add a delicious top layer that can only be described as “the icing on the cake!” LOL!!!  While I’ll admit that I’ve made several different recipes for apple cake but this one is now my favorite – thank you King Arthur Flour!!!

Oh and before I forget, congratulations to Amanda for winning the Vanilla giveaway!!! She chose the Vanilla Bean Paste (yay!!!!) and it’s been shipped out directly from the cool folks at Singing Dog Vanilla :)

Fresh Apple Cake

from King Arthur Flour



4 or 5 large tart green apples (such as Granny Smith), cored and sliced (about 1 1/2 pounds); about 18 ounces prepared, about 5 1/2 to 6 cups
1/3 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons boiled cider
1 teaspoon Apple Pie Spice, or your favorite combination of sweet spices
¼ teaspoon salt


1 1/3 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup warm milk
1 large egg
6 tablespoons melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
coarse sparkling sugar to sprinkle on top, optional


Preheat oven to 350°F.  Prepare a 9″ cake pan with baking spray
Combine the apples with the brown sugar, boiled cider, spices and salt. Set aside
Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.  Set aside.
Mix the warm milk, egg, melted butter and vanilla.  Add to the dry mixture, stirring to combine. Pour into prepared pan.
Spoon the apple mixture onto the batter… for best appearance make sure the apples are distributed a little more heavily toward the edges of the pan. Sprinkle with coarse sparkling sugar if desired.
Bake the cake for about 50-60 minutes until it’s light golden brown and a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean.
Remove from oven and cool for about 5 minutes.  Remove from pan.

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23 Responses to "Fresh Apple Cake"

  1. Jamie says:

    Yum! This looks fabulous! We are going apple picking tomorrow, so this may be one of the recipes I use for them! :)

  2. Jennifer says:

    Looks delicious! You can never go wrong with apples, fall spices, and a King Arthur recipe!

  3. ingrid says:

    I’m thinking that looks pretty darn good! You’ve yet to post a picture that ddidn’t do whatever you made justice! Seriously!

    I’m thinking my apple lovin’crew might dig this! Looks easier that apple pie!

  4. Tanya says:

    Mmmmmmmm…I was just eyeing the Fresh Apple Cake recipe in Souther Cakes…this one looks like I’d have to try it too!! Hope all is well!! I’m back in the mid-Atlantic and missing the warmth of FL right now!

  5. easy recipes says:

    It’s look a delicious recipe. I have only red apples, can I use it?

  6. Eliana says:

    Oh – this cake looks like the perfect fall treat.

  7. Soumya says:

    Hi, I liked ur blog when i visited last time so i am following ur…liked a lot as I am in hunt of apple recipe these days .Nice click.

  8. Jackie says:

    Hi Em

    Where did you purchase your boiled cider from.

  9. Dolce says:

    Great apple cake for a lazy sunday afternoon…

  10. Tracey says:

    This looks like a delicious cake! I don’t have Granny Smith apples but I think I’m going to try it with a different variety. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Em, you’ve hit a hot button with me ~ I adore apple cake and this one looks absolutely divine.

    Thank you for finding and sharing the recipe with us, it’s going on my ‘must make’ list. Great photos too, they are always an drool-worthy inspiration ~ I’m reaching for my fork. :) xo

  12. Danielle says:

    I am going to have to try this recipe out! It looks amazing and perfect for fall!

  13. Darina says:

    Apple desserts are my favorite. I could barely wait for fall to come to try some new recipes. This will definitley be one of them.

  14. Wow, this is one amazing looking cake! Can’t wait to try it!

  15. Mmm apple cake. Your photos are lovely. I really like that fork!

    ps: Did you say highs in the 90s? We’ve been moving closer and closer to winter here in NYC in the past week. I must move to California…

  16. Jeannette says:

    oh this cake looks great!! last thing i need is another apple cake in my repetoire :)

    anywho, would you please send me an email so I can send you information about the TWD OSI? thank you.

  17. Josie says:

    this looks sooo good!

  18. ingrid says:

    Em, I could have sworn I left another comment asking how you were doing…..HOW are you doing? You haven’t posted in a while. Hope everything is okay!

  19. Jaime says:

    I love apple cake! looks so delicious

  20. Mmm I just made an apple cake too! Yours looks so fantastic! :D

  21. Love this recipe! We have an apple tree in our backyard so every October I look for unique recipes to use the apples. I was running out of ideas so this is great! The French arent so into cakes like this but I think even my French family will like this one. Thanks, Cynthia in the French Alps

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