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Crispy Apple Cake Recipe

By Debbi Miller Gutierrez

whole apples and apples diced on the cutting board for the recipe

If you or anyone you know has an apple tree, you are well aware that you’re going to have apples coming out of your ears for quite some time. You make applesauce, apple butter, and apple pie, and still have bushels of apples and a yen for something new to do with them.

This recipe, though not the lowest calorie dessert ever, is delicious and easy to make, a seasonal or holiday treat all cake-lovers you know will ask you to make over and over.

Since you mix this cake batter by hand with a wooden spoon, this recipe is easy for kids to make by themselves. If they are too young to handle a knife safely, you can peel, core, and dice the apples for them.


1/2 cup butter or margarine

1/2 cup vegetable oil

2 large eggs, slightly beaten

2 cups granulated sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups diced peeled apples of your choice

picture of the completed applecake recipe


1. Put the butter or margarine in a microwave-safe mixing bowl and microwave for about 20 seconds or until melted. Remove and let cool.

2. Add vegetable oil and lightly beaten eggs and mix well with a wooden spoon.

3. Mix in the sugar.

4. Add the cinnamon, salt, baking soda, and vanilla extract. Blend.

5. Add in the flour, little by little, stirring it in as you go. The batter will be very stiff.

6. Once the flour is completely incorporated into the mixture, add the peeled diced apples. You may have to push the apples into the batter, perhaps even by using your hands.

7. Spoon the batter into a buttered, floured 13 X 9 inch cake pan and push down until the batter is evenly distributed.

8. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 minutes or until inserted knife comes out clean. Cooking time may vary depending on your oven.

This cake needs no frosting. The top and sides will be crispy and chewy. The insides will be fluffy and chock full of apple chunks. If there is any cake left after your family smells the mouth-watering aroma of this cinnamon apple delight, store it uncovered. If covered, this cake will lose its crispness and become soggy.

Note: Add in a diced pear or two to enhance the flavor.

You can use 1 cup oil instead of the butter/oil mixture.


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