**This post was originally shared way back in February of 2011 when Food Babbles was a mere baby blog. This classic apple cake recipe is one that has stood the test of time. I thought it high time to dust it off, take some new pictures and share it with you again. This cake is perfect for a holiday brunch, a not too sweet dessert or “just because.”I know you’ll enjoy this recipe as much as our family does.**
Lately I’ve been on such a baking kick. I’ve found myself rather uninspired when it comes to deciding what to make for dinner but if you ask me to whip up a sweet little something I will have trouble choosing from the flood of ideas that come to mind. The wonderful thing I find about baking is that it relaxes me. My house gets a little crazy these days with an incredibly demanding 1-year-old so it’s nice to be able to delve into baking. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy all areas of cooking however in the evening when I’m trying to get dinner on the table (and probably photographing it every step of the way) it’s just not as relaxing as taking my time in the afternoon and really being able to focus on my project.
With this apple cake, I was looking for something that would warm us during these exceptionally cold winter days we’ve been having lately. Both Mike and Maddy are big apple fans so that was my starting point. I also (as always) wanted something quick, easy and not overly fussy. Viola! Apple cake. It was the perfect thing. It’s wonderful warm, right out of the oven. Cinnamon kissed apples enveloped in moist cake. A dusting of powdered sugar over the top makes it simple perfection.
The other beauty of this recipe is that it’s just as good the next day. This would make a wonderful brunch idea or could be served as a simple, not too sweet dessert. All you need is a good cup of coffee or a big glass of milk and you’re set.
This classic apple cake recipe is moist and filled with the warm flavor of cinnamon and apples.
- 6 apples, peeled, cored and diced (I like Gala but any kind will do)
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon allspice
- 1 1/4 cup sugar, divided
- 2 3/4 cup flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup cinnamon applesauce
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 4 eggs
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a tube pan lightly with baking spray containing flour and set aside.
- Toss diced apples with the lemon juice, cinnamon, allspice and 1/4 cup sugar. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
- In another large bowl, whisk together remaining 1 cup sugar, vegetable oil, applesauce and vanilla.
- Next, add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until incorporated using a dough whisk or mixer on low. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing after each addition.
- Pour half the batter into your prepared tube pan. Spoon half the apple mixture over the batter. Then cover the apples with the remaining batter and top with the remaining apples.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.