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Old Fashioned Fresh Apple Cake Recipe

old fashioned fresh apple cake recipe

Apple cake is one of my favorite desserts to bake during the fall season. It's a classic dessert that always brings back fond memories of childhood. And this old fashioned fresh apple cake recipe is one of the best apple cake recipes out there. It's easy to make and bursting with apple flavor. I'm excited to share this recipe with you so you can enjoy it as much as I do!

Recipes Information

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Recipe Category: Dessert
  • Recipe Cuisine: American
  • Aggregate Rating: 5 stars


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 cups peeled and chopped apples
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a 9x13 inch baking pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time. Stir in vanilla.
  4. Gradually stir in the flour mixture until just combined. Fold in chopped apples and walnuts (if using).
  5. Pour batter into prepared pan and smooth out the top with a spatula.
  6. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  7. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
  8. Serve and enjoy!


Nutrition Information
Total Fat18g
Saturated Fat10g
Total Carbohydrate44g
Dietary Fiber2g


  • Can I use a different type of apple? Yes, you can use any type of apple you prefer. However, I recommend using a firmer apple like Granny Smith or Honeycrisp.
  • Can I leave out the walnuts? Yes, you can leave out the walnuts if you prefer.
  • Can I make this cake ahead of time? Yes, you can make this cake up to 2 days ahead of time. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
  • Can I freeze this cake? Yes, you can freeze this cake for up to 3 months. Make sure to wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and aluminum foil before freezing.
  • How do I know when the cake is done? Insert a toothpick into the center of the cake. If it comes out clean, the cake is done.
  • Can I use margarine instead of butter? I recommend using unsalted butter for this recipe. Margarine may alter the taste and texture of the cake.


If you're using a softer apple variety, like McIntosh or Red Delicious, reduce the amount of chopped apples to 3 cups. This will prevent the cake from becoming too moist.

For a sweeter cake, sprinkle the top with cinnamon sugar before baking.

This cake is delicious served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Overall, this old fashioned fresh apple cake recipe is a classic dessert that's perfect for fall. It's easy to make and bursting with apple flavor. Whether you're making it for a special occasion or just for a cozy night in, this apple cake is sure to be a hit!