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A close up of a piece of cake on a plate, with ice cream and caramel on top.

Fresh Apple Cake

Simple, sweet, and loaded with fresh apples!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword autumn recipes, cake, fall
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 428kcal


For the cake:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 5 medium tart apples peeled and diced
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

For topping:

  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with non-stick spray.
  • Whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add the sugar and eggs to a medium mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer on medium speed for 3 minutes. Eggs should be thick, creamy, and pale yellow.
  • Add the oil, applesauce, and vanilla to the eggs and mix to combine.
  • Pour the liquid ingredients over the dry ingredients and mix well.
  • Add the apples and pecans to the batter and fold together.
  • Pour batter into prepared baking dish.
  • Combine the topping ingredients and sprinkle evenly over the cake batter.
  • Bake the cake for 50-60 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.
  • Cool completely before slicing and serving.



Store cake tightly covered in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.
Heat individul slices of cake in the microwave in 10 second bursts if you prefer it served warm.


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 428kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 127mg | Potassium: 309mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 44g | Vitamin A: 148IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 2mg