Simple and Easy Apple Cake Recipe

Apple cake is a popular dessert produced with the main ingredient of apples. I want to teach you how to cook this yummy cake in a few hours.

Apple cake is a popular dessert produced with the main ingredient of apples. Such a cake is made through the process of slicing this sweet fruit to add fragrance to a plain cake base. Traditional apple cakes go a step further by including various spices such as nutmeg or cinnamon, which give a unique flavour. Upon the addition of spices the batter can also be accompanied by crushed nuts, the most popular being walnuts and almonds.

Dorset apple cake, Devon apple cake and Somerset apple cake are traditional forms of this cake, respectively from Dorset, Devon and Somerset, England. They may include apple juices local to these counties as part of their recipes, but are not necessary.

Apples are also used in other cakes, including chocolate cake, where their water-retention can help a normally-dry cake to stay moist. In this case they may be either dried or fresh.

Simple and Easy Apple Cake Recipe

Apple cake called szarlotka or jabłecznik is a common traditional dessert in Poland, made from sweetcrust pastry and spiced apple filling. It can be topped with kruszonka (crumbles), meringue or a dusting of caster sugar. An additional layer of budyń (a Polish variation of custard) sometimes can be found. In restaurants and cafes it is usually served hot with whipped cream and coffee.

Scandinavian apple cake

In Scandinavia, apple cakes are typically prepared from sour apples and baked in a dough made from sugar, butter, flour, eggs, and baking powder. The cake is then topped with apples, cinnamon and sugar, sometimes also chopped almonds. Apple crumble pie is also common.


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded peeled apples (about 2 medium apples)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 quart vanilla or cinnamon ice cream


Step 1

Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 9-inch round cake pan with baking spray with flour.

Step 2

In large bowl, beat butter and sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Stir in vanilla, flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.

Step 3

Stir in apples and walnuts. Spoon into pan.

Step 4

Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Remove from pan to cooling rack. Cool 10 minutes longer. Serve warm with ice cream.


Once your cake is baked and slightly cooled, you can also dusted with powdered sugar to have a delicious cake.