Fresh Apple Cake Recipe

The Story Behind the Recipe:

I originally got this this recipe from my aunt's collection of recipes, hand-written on small index cards. I loved how basic, simple, and easy this recipe is. Plus, it is really yummy. However, as I've learned more about health and nutrition, I decided that I needed to make this recipe healthier. Below, you will find the original version of the recipe and the revised version. I think both taste wonderful, but the revised version is healthier!

Each cake makes 8 servings.

The Revised Recipe


  • 2 cups diced apples (or pears or combo)

  • 1/2 cup raw sugar

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour

  • ¾ tsp. baking soda

  • ½ tsp. salt

  • 1-1/2 tsp. cinnamon

  • 1 egg

  • ½ cup applesauce

  • 1tsp. vanilla


    Preheat oven to 375. Grease a 9" or 10" round pan with a non-stick cooking spray if needed.

    Sprinkle diced apples with the sugar, set aside.

    In a small bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. In another bowl, beat the egg. Mix in the applesauce and vanilla. Stir the flour mixture into the egg mixture, until well mixed. Add apples.

    Bake for 35 minutes.

  • The Original Recipe


    • 2 cups diced apples

    • 1 cup sugar

    • 1 cup flour

    • ¾ tsp. baking soda

    • ½ tsp. salt

    • 1-1/2 tsp. cinnamon

    • 1 egg

    • ½ cup oil

    • 1tsp. vanilla


    Preheat oven to 375. Grease a 9" or 10" round pan with oil or butter.

    Sprinkle diced apples with the sugar, set aside.

    In a small bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.

    In another bowl, beat the egg. Mix in the oil and vanilla. Stir the flour mixture into the egg mixture, until well mixed. Add apples.

    Spread batter into prepared pan.

    Bake for 35 minutes.

    Compare the Nutritional Information between the Two Versions

    Remember that Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

    These values aren't exact because you may use different brands than those calculated here. The information will vary depending on the kind of flour, applesauce (sweetened/unsweetened), sugar, etc., you use.

    The Revised Version

    Nutritional Information

    Per Serving:

    Calories: 110.1

    Total Fat: 0.8 g

    Saturated Fat: 0.2 g

    Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1 g

    Monounsaturated Fat: 0.2 g

    Cholesterol: 23.4 mg

    Sodium: 275.7 mg

    Potassium: 97.8 mg

    Total Carbohydrate: 25.4 g

    Dietary Fiber: 2.0 g

    Sugars: 2.7 g

    Protein: 1.8 g

    The Original Version

    Nutritional Information

    Per Serving:

    Calories: 303.3

    Total Fat: 14.5 g

    Saturated Fat: 1.2 g

    Polyunsaturated Fat: 4.2 g

    Monounsaturated Fat: 8.3 g

    Cholesterol: 23.4 mg

    Sodium: 270.7 mg

    Potassium: 62.8 mg

    Total Carbohydrate: 42.2 g

    Dietary Fiber: 1.5 g

    Sugars: 25.1 g

    Protein: 2.4 g

    Comments 34 comments

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    cgull8m 9 years ago from North Carolina

    Thanks Stacie for another great recipe. I like your revised recipe, healthier one. Thanks for giving us both. Cheers :)

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    Stacie Naczelnik 9 years ago from Seattle Author

    I made this recipe yesterday, but didn't realize my apple sauce wasn't any good until after I had started it. I didn't want to use oil, so I scrounged through my pantry. I found a jar of my grandma's apple butter, so I thought I would give that a shot as an oil substitute: it worked! I probably could have put less sugar and cinnamon into the batter, but it turned out really yummy and moist.

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    burn-calories 9 years ago

    What's the difference between apple cake and apple pie?

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    Patriciaannbriggs 9 years ago

    sounds very good I also have a Fresh Apple Cake maby you would like to try.

    2 cups splenda or sugar

    4 cups apples chopped

    1 1/2 cup oil you can sub 1 cup applesauce and 1/2 cup oil

    2 eggs beaten

    3 cups flour

    1 1/2 tsp vanilla

    1 tsp. salt

    1 1/2 tsp soda

    1 cup chopped nuts

    Cream sugar,eggs,and oil, add flour,salt.soda,vanilla,and chopped nuts,mix well,Fold in chopped Apples.Bake for 55 min in a 9 inch by 13.pan


    1/2 cup walnuts 1/2 cup coconut

    10 tablespoons brown sugar

    5 tablespoons canned milk

    5 tablespoons margarine (Melted)

    Bring to a boil about 2 min. put on cake when you take it out of the oven.


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    Stacie Naczelnik 9 years ago from Seattle Author

    Thanks for sharing, Patricia. That recipe calls for a lot of sugar. I also do not recommend using margarine. I think your recipe could use a healthy makeover.

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    minnow 8 years ago from Seattle

    Wow! Great recipe. I had to read your makeover twice--you used applesauce instead of oil, which will help keep your cake moist. I can hardly wait to make this--any suggestions on what kind of apples you prefer? Do you peel your apples? Minnow

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    Stacie Naczelnik 8 years ago from Seattle Author

    I peel my apples if I feel like it. So it is up to you. I like it either way, but it is more "finished" if you peel the apples. I tend to use any red apples that I get at the local fruit stand. Living in Washington state leaves me with a ton of apple options at the market. Sometimes I'll make this cake if we buy more apples than we can actually eat. Before they go bad (or the fruit flies eat them) I'll use them in the cake. It's good with pears too.

    Let me know what you think.

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    Guardian1 7 years ago

    Oh that looks yummy. I love to get my hands on good/healthy recipies. I try to have the kids help out in the kitchen as much as possible because eating the finished results make them feel so accomplished. They are such honeys. We're making this tonight.

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    michelle.dragon99 7 years ago

    great recipes Stacie...i enjoy it:)

    Maureen  7 years ago

    Thanks so much, tried this with pears but must have put too many in because it was not cake but mush....I am going to try it again soon.

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    teendad 7 years ago from Richmond, VA

    The original recipe sounds great, but I have never had much luck substituting applesauce for fat in recipes. I might give it a try though since this is apple cake!

    Plum Tart 7 years ago

    I had a suplus of Cox's apples so looked for an easy basic apple cake recipe. I was a bit hesitant about using oil as I love the flavour of butter. It's in the oven now but looked nothing like the picture below.

    Waiting in anticipation..............!

    manju 6 years ago

    i tried this recipe the alternate version since i'm very health conscious.I added 1/4 cup of oats too.It came out pretty good.thanks for sharing the recipe.

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    Lucky621 6 years ago from The Sunshine State

    I was looking for a dessert for tonight and this is the one I picked. It sounds delicious - thanks!

    Maxine Lebowitz 6 years ago

    I added about 1/4 teaspoon dried orange peel and about 1/3 cup chopped walnuts. Also, I used Splenda instead of sugar.

    The cake was fabulous. Thanks so much.

    Joyce 6 years ago

    I tried the original version of the recipe but just before putting it on the pan, i gave it a 20 seconds mix with the electric cake mixer ...and it came out super great!! Was so soft andd yummy

    Bea 6 years ago

    I have been baking this apple cake since 1970 using the same old receipe card. We like the peeling left on.

    I baked it while on a camping trip in an oven that we set over a Coleman stove. It took a bit longer to bake tho'. I lost the card this year after we moved from TX to MD. You would think I had it memorize. Thank you Stacie for posting it. It is a great cake!

    Megan 6 years ago

    I'm baking this recipe as I type. I substituted splenda for sugar.

    this is the first time EVER i have not used my mom's famous, full-on-fat apple cake recipe (that we love so dearly). I like that I can pretty much eat the whole cake for like a piece of the other;)

    thanks for posting the recipe.

    Robin 6 years ago

    Made this yummy! Thanks for making over the recipe!

    Kim 6 years ago

    ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!! I made the original recipe and it is SOOO good! Thank you!

    Julie  6 years ago

    Made this earlier in the week and it was AWESOME - used buckwheat flour instead of ww flour and apple butter instead of applesauce, added pecans and raisins; it went so fast i have to bake a couple more! Thanks for sharing

    Caroline 6 years ago

    Help!!! I was baking 2 cakes at a time to save time, so I used another degree. One cake was perfect however, the fresh apple cake was TOOOOOO dry. Any SUGGESTIONS to save this cake...

    Donna 5 years ago

    Poke holes in the cake and pour apple juice over it...

    Mary Lu 5 years ago

    This is awesome cake. My daughters and I agree, this is the best apple cake we have eaten. We are going to bake 2 more tomorrow. Thank you so much!

    Lynne 5 years ago

    Tried your healthier version. It's great. Will definitely make again. Thanks for putting it on the Internet.

    patricia farmer 5 years ago

    I have a cake recipe like yours, I never used applesauce

    but, my mother used it in her recipes.Her cake always turned out good. Tomarrow I am going to try the cake with splinda instead of sugar. If it is good then maybe

    being a diabetic will give me something to look forward to. I still have to watch the starch content.

    I also use a bunt pan for my cake, I use a difrent topping . so the bunt pan holds in the topping and keeps the cake mosit.

    thank you for the splinda recipea.

    veggie girl 5 years ago

    Going to try this with fresh ground flaxseed instead of the oil/applesauce. Bet it brings up the protein content!

    Apple picker 5 years ago

    Great revision! I made the revised cake recipe a few days ago after coming home with a surplus of apples. I multiplied the recipe by 1.5 and also added about 1/3 - 1/2 cup of crushed walnuts. I'm going to use more apples with this recipe, but make it in a muffin pan!

    Carol 5 years ago

    I am so impressed with your side by side comparisons. Fantastic!!! I am printing out your recipe.

    CJ 5 years ago

    Looks good. I plan to bake the healthier version this weekend. So, why is the potassium higher in the revised recipe? Wheat Flour? or the Raw sugar???

    Sanjay 5 years ago

    Baked it for the first time. The result was awesome. Everybody loved it.

    MP 4 years ago

    I just baked this for my birthday with my friends and it turned out great! I'm a college student and appreciate the simple ingredients and how easy it was to make! And how healthy it is! Thank you!

    Rakel 3 years ago

    All wonderfully full of life, love and buetay .as always! She is an adorable little thing for sure!!! I am always amazed with bright blue eyes on children as I am always staring into the black one's of my own! All sunning! Great job Sis!

    Vanessa 3 years ago

    NOT NICE SIS! LOL We are still staring at MOUNTAINS of snow here. GORGEOUS phtoos, as always. So, long story short YES, you have officially started me looking forward to SPRING!

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