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Best Apple Cake

I don’t know about you, but when fall comes, I start thinking about apple cake.  And I don’t just want any old apple cake.  I want the most moist, crumbly cake bursting with sweet juicy fall apples and toasted pecans.  And I want a crunchy sugar cinnamon top on it.  And I want it now!

Well, guys – this is it.  I’ve been researching apple cake recipes over the past month and I served the final two contenders to a group of friends this week and this is the winner!   It’s EVERYTHING you want in an apple cake.   And that smell as it’s cooking is almost as good as that first warm bite.  Try it this week.  You’ll be very, very glad you did.

Pick the perfect Apples

You know how often baked recipes call for tart Granny Smith or other green apples?  Well, not this one.  For this recipe you want the sweetest, juiciest apples you can get.  My favorites are Honey Crisp apples.  After you peel and core them, four medium size Honey Crisp apples will chop up to be about 4 cups worth.

Watch your Pecans while you’re toasting them

A full cup of toasted pecans help take this wonderful appIe cake to whole new heights.  Let me tell you how I do it.  Begin by moving an oven shelf to the top position.  Then spread out the pecan on a baking sheet, turn on the broiler and put the pan on the top shelf a few inches from the broiler.

THEN DON’T GO ANYWHERE.  The minute you start smelling the pecans, they are done and need to come out.  They may not look very brown, but if you leave them much longer they will go from toasty to a dark brown burnt with a bitter taste.  We don’t want that, so haul ’em out before that point.

A Thick Batter Makes a Wonderfully Moist Cake

It will seem like the batter is way too thick when you’re ready to mix in the apples and pecans.  It’s not.  Don’t worry.  I mix them in as best I can and it looks like this…

Then I kind of pack/pat the batter into the pan.  Trust me, it will look like this when you’re ready to put it in the oven and that’s fine…

Because it will look like this when you pull it warm from the oven and slice it….  the best, most wonderfully moist apple cake with sweet juicy apple bits and a crunchy cinnamon sugar crust…

Making this Best Cinnamon Sugar Apple Cake is quick and easy and it comes out perfect every time!  This is the only Apple Cake Recipe you will ever need.  It’s incredibly delicious and a real keeper.   Enjoy!

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Best Apple Cake
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins

An AlohaDreams recipe

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Betsy Edwards
  • 2 cups flour (measure your flour - this is 240 grams)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs - beaten
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 cups apples peeled, cored and diced (I use 4 medium size Honey Crisp apples)
  • 1 cup pecan halves - roasted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x 13 baking pan with butter or cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together all dry ingredients until well combined.

  3. Add in the wet ingredients and mix well with a wooden spoon or rubber scrapper.

  4. Add in the apples and pecans. The batter will be VERY thick.
  5. Spoon out batter into prepared baking dish, spreading with the back of the  spoon or gently patting out with hands.

  6. In a small bowl, whisk together sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle evenly all over top of cake.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for about 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in cake comes out clean. Cake will form a crunchy "crust" on top as it bakes.

  8. It's delicious with ice cream, whipped topping, caramel or just simply serve by itself - any way you choose it's fabulous.

MAKE AHEAD NOTE: Can be made up to 1 day in advance and stored covered on the counter. It's still very good the next day.


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