Fresh apple cake is lusciously delicious. It is quick, easy, and perfect for parties.

Apple Cake Recipe – Dessert for a Crowd


This apple cake uses fresh apples, walnuts, and optional raisins. The texture is dense, much like a quick bread. Use a simple drizzled glaze or serve it plain. It is a 9- x 13-inch cake, so it makes enough for a crowd. Do not use a food processor to chop the apples. They should be roughly chopped into 1/2-inch pieces.

Apple Cake Recipe

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder (not baking soda)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup granulated white sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 cup vegetable oil
3 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3 cups chopped baking apples (Granny Smith, Rome, McIntosh, winesap, etc.)
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup raisins, soaked in hot water for 15 minutes, drained, and patted dry (optional)

Optional Glaze:
1 cup powdered confectioners’ sugar
2 to 3 Tablespoons heavy cream or milk

Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with nonstick foil.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking powder, and cinnamon. Set aside.

Place oil, sugar, eggs, and vanilla in a large bowl. Beat on low speed until combined. Add flour mixture, 1/3 at a time, and beat just until combined. Mixture will be thick. Fold in apples, walnuts, and optional raisins.

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Pour into prepared pan and bake for 35 to 45 minutes until cake tests done with a toothpick. Let cool completely.

Optional Glaze:
Whisk cream or milk into powdered sugar until it is just barely thin enough to drip. Scrape into a zip-top bag, squeeze out the air, and seal. Cut a very small piece off one bottom corner and drizzle in a cross-wise pattern on the cooled apple cake.

Yield: about 24 to 36 servings, depending on cut size

Apple Cake Recipe Photo ©2021 Peggy Filippone

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