There are a lot of Apple Cake recipes out there that I believe get this wrong. I got this recipe from my Grandma, who passed away in the 90s. When I was a kid, I would make this because it was one of my favorites. I would argue it’s easy to make based on the fact that I was making it when I was a kid.
In my opinion, it’s best to mix the apples into the batter last. I saw a popular recipe that instructed people to layer the apples, and I tried that once, and it was bad. You want the apples to be evenly dispersed in every bite. Also, do not put oranges or citrus in this cake, it ruins the flavor. Lastly, I would recommend not using oil and going with butter. I have tried it with oil, and it’s not bad, but it’s just not the same. Two things I would expect in this recipe are vanilla and a little rum, but that isn’t how my grandma did it, and I think less is more. This cake has so much flavor I think your best not to complicate it with raisins and anything else.
I hope you will give this recipe a try, especially because all the other ones are different, and this cake is amazing.
I wanted to include this image so you can see how I chop the apples. It takes a little time, but you use fewer apples in a cake than you do a pie, so it’s not as much work as making an apple pie.Print
A heavy flavorful cake with loads of apple flavor.
- Prep Time: 20 Minutes
- Cook Time: 60 Minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
- Yield: 8 Servings 1x
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Bake
- Cuisine: American
- 1/2 pound Butter (2 sticks)
- 1 1/2 cups Sugar
- 2 Eggs
- 3 cups Flour
- 2 Teaspoons Baking Soda
- 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
- 4 Tablespoons Water
- 1 cup Walnuts
- 4 Granny Smith Apples
- Peel apples and cut them into small 1/4 chunks.
- Melt butter.
- Mix dry ingredients.
- Mix wet ingredients minus water.
- Add dry ingredients to the wet. If you need more liquid to get the batter to blend properly, add water.
- Add walnuts
- Add apples
- Grease cake pan
- Add batter to cake pan
- Cook for one hour at 350 degrees
Cook at 350 degrees for one hour.
I love the walnuts in this cake. My wife, who is allergic to nuts, loves this cake without nuts, but to me, it’s a key ingredient. Also, I think granny smith apples make this cake. You can make it with any apple, but I recommend using the granny smith apples because of their sweet-tart flavor.