Fresh Apple Cake

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Moist, tender and full of warm, fall spices, this Fresh Apple Cake is a delicious classic. To take it over the top, I smothered it with my all-time favorite cream cheese glaze.

Fresh Apple Cake easy dessert recipe and family favorite -Moist, tender and full of warm fall spices, this Fresh Apple Cake is a delicious classic.

Did you ever play that game with an apple when you were young where you would twist the apple stem each turn corresponded with a letter of the alphabet and whatever letter you landed one your boyfriend’s first name would start with that letter? So one turn equal A, two turns B and so on. So if you wanted your boyfriend to be Adam, that stem would never come out in one turn. Alternately, my stems never made it to ‘W’ either. So how is it I married a ‘Wesley’? So weird.

 Fresh Apple cake family favorite, moist and buttery

You know what’s funny, I can’t pick up an apple without twisting the stem and singing the ABC song.

Of course, when you go to peel the apples for this Fresh Apple Cake, it’s completely up to you if you want to participate in my little ritual. But, I highly recommend it. 🙂

Fresh Apple cake easy dessert recipe, family favorite - moist and butter cake

This Fresh Apple Cake is one of my very favorite cakes… to make and to eat. I like it best made with Gala or Golden Delicious apples. I have also made it in a bundt pan, as shown, in a sheet pan with Brown Sugar Icing and in 3 eight inch layers with Cream Cheese Icing. It never disappoints. I hope you enjoy it!
Fresh Apple cake family favorite
Fresh Apple cake family favorite

Fresh Apple Cake

Moist, tender and full of warm fall spices, this Fresh Apple Cake is a delicious classic. To take it over the top, I smothered it with my all-time favorite cream cheese glaze.
Author: Paula
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 16 servings
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  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 tablespoon butter room temperature
  • 1 and 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs room temperature
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 and 1/2 cups apples peeled and chopped (about 2 apples)
  • 1 cup pecans chopped (optional)

Brown Sugar Icing

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Cream oil, butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs one at a time, blending after each addition.
  • In a small bowl, sift the dry ingredients; flour, baking soda, and salt.
  • Add vanilla to buttermilk.
  • On low speed, add flour mixture alternately with buttermilk mixture into the creamed mixture.
  • Fold apples (and pecans, if using) by hand.
  • Pour batter into well greased 12 cup bundt pan.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 40 to 45 minutes. Leave in pan for 20 minutes before removing to allow cake to set.

Brown Sugar Icing

  • Boil sugar, butter and milk for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Beat with spoon until it cools. Pour over cake.


Store on counter 2 days or in refrigerator up to 5 days.


Calories: 408kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 253mg | Potassium: 129mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 348IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 2mg
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