Monday, September 27, 2010

Easy Apple Cake




I know. You must be wondering what’s wrong with me.

Me too, but don’t worry. Wait til you see how this recipe ends up.

I got it from a friend who got it from his wife who got it from someone at church who got it from …… someone who likes apples I guess.

Anyway, it sounded pretty yummy and easy. Easy being the key word here because I spent most of the weekend trying to get everything together that I’m going to need for the upcoming Cupcake Camp and Cake Pops Book Tour. Yeah, they’re both right around the corner. Like next weekend around the corner. Hope you guys come by and say hi!

Please forgive me for the following if you do.


The main characters are chopped apples, walnuts and dates. Innocent enough. Good for you even.


After you mix up the cake batter, stir in the chopped walnuts. (I like mine on the small side.)


Chopped dates tossed in flour.


And diced apples. Stir them all together and then bake in a 13 X 9 pan for about 40-45 minutes at 350.


Take it out of the oven and when cool, poke holes in the cake so the topping you are about to add can seep inside and keep it cozy.

P.S. Remember how the cake looks here. I should have tasted it at this stage. I’m sure it was already yummy.

But then I added the topping.


Butter, brown sugar and milk… oh dear.


Heat it on the stove until it starts to bubble.


Remove and pour some over the cooled cake.


Here we go.


Hey … I said some…………


Not a waterfall. Yikes. I don’t know what happened.

Yes I do. I was trying so hard to get a good pouring shot… taking pictures and balancing and pouring at the same time, I didn’t notice that I bathed the cake in brown sugar.


Bathed … as in drenched.


But maybe that’s okay with you.

It is with me. I just need to make a dentist appointment right away : )

Seriously though, pull back on the pouring. You shouldn’t need all the topping and maybe not any. I guess I’ll have to make it again to know for sure.

Easy Apple Cake

3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups oil
3 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups diced apples
1 cup chopped dates rolled in flour
1 cup chopped walnuts

1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup milk

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda and cinnamon with a wire whisk and set aside.
  • Combine sugar and oil using a mixer until blended.
  • Add eggs and vanilla, mixing until combined.
  • Add flour mixture and mix well.
  • Stir in nuts, dates and apples. The batter will be very thick.
  • Pour into a greased and floured 9 X 13 pan and bake for 40-45 minutes or until done.
  • Cool cake and using a skewer, poke holes in cake.
  • Cook topping ingredients on stove until mixture bubbles.
  • Pour topping over cake letting some (ha… more if you like) seep into the cake.


The Boob Nazi said...

Two of my favorite food/baking blogs posted apple recipes tonight. I’m pretty sure that’s a sign for me to make something apple related this week.

September 27, 2010 12:49 AM
Libby said...

Oh yum!! I can’t wait for you to come to Dallas! I’ll be there!! Will you have books at the signing or do I need to bring one along? I’m pretty sure you would have them there,antediluvian just wanted to check. Can’t wait to get your book!! And I can’t wait to meet you! Been a long time fan. ;)


September 27, 2010 12:52 AM
Nancy said...

Sounds and looks yummy

September 27, 2010 12:59 AM
Brooke said...

pretty sure that tempts the gluten free me to try a slice of that! the last gooey picture makes me feel all warm & cozy and all of my memories of fall while I was a little girl come back. Thank you for posting this. I may need to go off program to try this.

September 27, 2010 01:03 AM
Stacy Lane said...

Delicious! Can’t wait to try it.

September 27, 2010 01:04 AM
Vivian Kim said...

oh my gosh.. o:
that looks delicious! x]
and i like your first picture (:
looks fresh and deicious! :3

September 27, 2010 01:04 AM
Mags said...

Thanks for sharing… love those red apple shots :D

September 27, 2010 01:04 AM
Lillie Mae Stone said...

That looks heavenly…

September 27, 2010 01:10 AM
Diane {} said...

Apple desserts are so wonderful and this certainly looks delicious!

September 27, 2010 01:13 AM
Lazy Stitching said...

Oh my goodness – that looks to-die-for! My favourite cake recipe growing up was a dark chocolate date cake that was finished just like this with the butter/brown sugar mix poured on top.

September 27, 2010 01:30 AM
Alzira said...

Mmmmm!! I’ve been looking for a new apple cake recipe. My Mom overloads me with apples this time of year and it’s great to thank her with one of her favorite desserts… apple cake. This year I’ll surprise her with this one. Thanks Bakerella!!

September 27, 2010 01:32 AM
Cecily said...

This sounds great. Like one I’ve made, only mine was in a tube pan.

September 27, 2010 01:49 AM
Pammie said...

My husband loves apple pie! I should definitely try this recipe!!!

September 27, 2010 01:52 AM
Bubble and Sweet said...

Oh too perfect, I accidentally bought too many dates and this looks like a super yummy way to use them up.

September 27, 2010 01:54 AM
Jessica said...

Anything with that much butter is yummy no questions asked!

September 27, 2010 02:44 AM
Angela Willis said...

That reminds me of an apple cake that I found on Martha Stewart’s site a long time ago…of course I can’t find it now.
Very similar to the one that you made, but used an apple brandy to flavor it, I believe.
The topping (poking the holes in the top then pouring in a sweet flavored syrup) is something that my grandmother use to do, to keep cakes moist. They would drip with liquid (like a Tres Leches cake), the trick is to chill it or keep it cool and let it set up, before serving!

September 27, 2010 02:53 AM
aussiemarina said...

i like a nice and easy recipe……….tfs……..good luck with the tour……wish your were coming to australia……..

p.s if you ever do….make sure it’s to melbourne !!!!!!!

September 27, 2010 03:11 AM
MissScrapAlot said...

I so am gonna do this recipe!!!! How yummy does that look!!!!
And yes, I will see you in Newport oregon nexy weekend :) and I am also taking your cake pop class…………I am so stoked!!!!!!


September 27, 2010 03:30 AM
N Russell said...

Looks sinfully rich! :0) I think you need to make a trip to Eastern Europe and let me show you all the wonderful edibles here.

btw, I’m thinking someone could really use a tripod for their camera. ;0)

September 27, 2010 03:33 AM
MissScrapAlot said...

Although i am so bummed that I didnt order a “bakerella” t-shirt to wear for the class :(


September 27, 2010 03:36 AM
Maopa Lutui said...

that looks so delicious. I can’t wait to head out to the store in the morning to grab some apples. Apple cakes it is today! Thanks for sharing:)

September 27, 2010 03:50 AM
Leah said...

Oh my this looks delicious, I almost wish I didn’t see it cause now I HAVE to make it! Oh my poor hips….

September 27, 2010 03:56 AM
MaryMoh said...

Oooh…that’s such a beautiful cake. Would be great with a cup of tea. I have dates and apples. Should be making this.

September 27, 2010 03:59 AM
Wei-Wei said...

Bathed, drenched, WHO CARES? It’s delicious. :D

September 27, 2010 04:18 AM
notyet100 said...

drooling ,..

September 27, 2010 04:31 AM
Tanya said...

That look’s delicious ! I am going to have make it tomorrow ,not good for my weight watchers weigh in this week !!

September 27, 2010 05:06 AM
Amanda said...

Oooh – goodness! Brown sugar and butter, mmmm.
Still, it has dates and nuts and apples, right?
They’re good for me, right?

September 27, 2010 05:19 AM
Kylene said...

this looks awesome!! i can’t wait to try it!
for Brooke, stay on the diet! here’s a way to convert the recipe! in a 3:2:1 mix wht. rice flour, potato starch and tapioca starch. mix well (put lid on container and shake like crazy!) it is a 1:1 equivalent to the wheat flour :) so, 3 cups of the mix and add 1 and 1/2 t xanthan gum. you shouldn’t experience any grittyness or anything b/c it’s baked :) hope this helps!

September 27, 2010 05:39 AM
Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) said...

OH yumm. I’m going to make this, though not with all that drenching!!

September 27, 2010 05:47 AM
lizzy said...

That looks like something I could make for thanksgiving dessert. Yummy

September 27, 2010 06:03 AM
Aly said...

Perfect timing! I just received 2 bushels of Vermont Macs and have been looking for things to do with them!

September 27, 2010 06:18 AM
Jessica @ How Sweet It Is said...

That cake looks divine!

September 27, 2010 06:27 AM
Lauren at KeepItSweet said...

yum looks like it would melt in your mouth!

September 27, 2010 06:31 AM
Tabitha (From Single to Married) said...

mmmm…. I wonder if I could make this for breakfast? It’s got apples in it which makes it healthy, right? :)

September 27, 2010 06:43 AM
Estela @ Weekly Bite said...

I love apple cake! I’ve been dying to make it. Thanks for the recipe!

September 27, 2010 06:58 AM
Jessica said...

Looks excellent!! Going apple picking this weekend just to make this :o)

September 27, 2010 07:44 AM
Heather (Heather's Dish) said...

oh my word…my jaw kept dropping and dropping and dropping…and i know what i’m making for the office treats this week!

September 27, 2010 07:45 AM
Bakingdom said...

Yummm! I love, love, love apples and apple desserts! This looks delicious and I definitely couldn’t resist the drenching!!

Plus, I have an easy apple breakfast today to go with your easy apple cake! Who says it should only be one apple a day?? :)

September 27, 2010 07:56 AM
Rachel from A Cupcake for Moose said...

Your photographs are amazing! I can’t wait to try out your apple cake….perfect for fall!

September 27, 2010 07:59 AM
Melinda said...

That looks amazing! Too bag I have a humongous zucchini that will be taking up all of my baking time here in the near future.

September 27, 2010 08:14 AM
shelly (cookies and cups) said...

That looks absolutely amazing!!! I can’t wait to make it :)

September 27, 2010 08:26 AM
Shannon abdollmohammadi said...

Darn…now I have to wait to start my diet after I make this…lol

September 27, 2010 08:52 AM
Danielle said...

Holy sweet-tooth Batman! That sounds indulgent! I have a really easy (and very similar) apple cake, but you just sprinkle cinnamon sugar on it when it’s still hot, and it makes a delicious crust on top of the cake. Something like that might be a good alternative if you wanted to make it less decadent!

Great pics as always! :)

Here’s my apple cake: link to

September 27, 2010 08:54 AM
Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) said...

This looks too good – I love good apple desserts!

September 27, 2010 09:01 AM
KatieM said...

That looks and sounds absolutely amazing!

September 27, 2010 09:07 AM
bonnie peery said...

can’t wait to try this cake
for our fall festival

September 27, 2010 09:12 AM
koren said...

looks wonderful but I can only admire as I have a nut free home I have two allergic to nuts here in the house. but it looks so yummy!! will be missing you on your tour as you are not coming by baltimore so wish you would love to have my book signed!! good luck!!

September 27, 2010 09:20 AM
Katrina said...

This cake looks so tasty! I love how easy it is. Mmm.

September 27, 2010 09:32 AM
Michelle M said...

Sad you won’t be coming to Houston :( I know you’ll be in Dallas but I’m 8 months pregnant right now and well,… that drive just isn’t going to happen. Maybe next time :)

September 27, 2010 09:35 AM
karen d. of fayetteville said...

Thanks Bakerella..we just got home from Barber’s Orchard with a bushel of yummy apples! I believe i know what will become of a few of them :)

September 27, 2010 09:38 AM
shira said...

Just took the kids apple picking, and have lots of apples to bake with. I guess I’ll just HAVE to try it!

September 27, 2010 09:55 AM
Alex said...

Holy cow I am so making this!!! We have a bucket of apples from the apple tree from our farm just begging to be made into something glorious.

September 27, 2010 10:21 AM
Mandy Smith said...

You’re da bomb!!!!!

September 27, 2010 10:23 AM
Wendy in California said...

Thanks, Bakerella; your recipes inspire me to try things…..I think I’ll make this cake recipe with a few changes just for fun and see what happens. ….I’m gonna soak some craisins in apple juice ’til they plump up (to substitute them for the dates, which I don’t have in my pantry), then toss ’em lightly in flour….then add some toffee chips to the nuts. Might be a flop, but if that’s the worst thing that happens it’ll be a great day, ’cause I don’t mind eating mistakes, lol

September 27, 2010 10:25 AM
Heidi - Botanical PaperWorks said...

Yummy, with or without the drenching! Love the photos (red apples with blue background); your blog is a feast for the eyes! ~Heidi

September 27, 2010 10:35 AM
Holly said...

Wow..deliciously yummy looking. Thank you for the recipe!

September 27, 2010 11:04 AM
Stephanie R. said...

I know what I am taking to bible study on Tuesday for the treat table…looks delish!

September 27, 2010 11:12 AM
alice said...

looks great to me. and i figure the more brown sugar, the better!

September 27, 2010 11:13 AM
Stefani said...

Looks yummy. I just made an apple cake in the crock pot last week. Was my first time making a dessert in my crock pot.

September 27, 2010 11:19 AM
Seanna Lea said...

It sounds delicious and nothing is stopping any of us from replacing the nuts with chocolate chunks (for those of us that need the chocolate fix) or better yet, chocolate covered craisins!

September 27, 2010 11:23 AM
Amy said...

Sounds yummy and so perfect for fall. But yikes that is a lot of liquid to pour on top! Maybe half of that wouldn’t be so scary?

September 27, 2010 11:27 AM
mary said...

drench away!!! the more the better…and if you let the cake (with ALL the drenching) sit for at least a day…the mo’ better!!!!

September 27, 2010 11:27 AM
Mamasue123 said...

Drenching good……yummy and I happen to have apples, pecans, not walnuts and dates in da house… good luck with the book tour, so happy for you!!

September 27, 2010 11:41 AM
Tammy @ Events By Tammy said...

Looks yummy!

September 27, 2010 12:08 PM
nancy k. said...

The cake looks so yummy. I can’t wait ti try it but probably wil half the glaze recipe.
Good luck as you head out on your adventures. I so wish you would make a stop in the Boston area. Maybe you will later in the year…I am hoping!

September 27, 2010 12:10 PM
Mandy Smith said...

I just made this recipe. My house smells wonderful. My stomach is growling. And you are my new best friend.
I posted it on my blog and linked to you.
link to

September 27, 2010 12:53 PM
juls said...

thanks for the recipe! i have tons of apples from my tree and was looking for different ways to use my apples!

September 27, 2010 01:00 PM
janise said...

I think I’m going to try this recipe with apples first and then pears next. YUM!!!

September 27, 2010 01:00 PM
Lisa Corona said...

Likes look an easy recipe. I will definitely have to try it since I live in the state known for apples! Can’t wait to meet you in WA next week!

September 27, 2010 01:04 PM
Meghan McCann said...

I’m totally trying this after my trip to the apple orchard!! Thanks for all the fabulous inspiration. You’re a regular feature on my blog!

September 27, 2010 01:05 PM
71 said...

I’m so glad it’s apple season! I love anything apple and cinnamon!

September 27, 2010 01:15 PM
Kris said...

This cake is totally delish without the glaze – My recipe doesn’t call for dates, but everything else is exactly the same – I don’t glaze – it’s moist enough already and disappears in a day.

September 27, 2010 01:23 PM
Samantha said...

Hi again! well this cake is going to be at my table tonight!…i have a question…i made the minnie mouse cake pops this weekend and i really have a hard time trying to do the face piping it! and also they just melt and start to fall down and the melting get a lot of oil, omg that was a disaster and i was doing it for a family party! can you help me with this? i dont want to have the same trouble later thanks!

September 27, 2010 02:44 PM
Heidi T said...

Well – I have 4 of these in the oven right now (I used 8 x 8 pans – I can’t have a 13 x 9 cake in my house) . One will stay here and 3 will be given away! The bus driver is getting one when she drops the kids home. The next door neighbor is getting one and my friend tomorrow is getting one!

September 27, 2010 03:15 PM
claudia said...

Eu não sei o que é datas, o que será isso aqui no Brasil???

September 27, 2010 03:52 PM
Rani said...

Claudia….en portugues, they are called
(I think) :-)

September 27, 2010 04:04 PM
Tamara said...

A friend just told me she has some apples she wants to give me. I think I just found the perfect recipe to use them in. Thanks!

September 27, 2010 04:24 PM
Carly said...

I was just looking for an apple cake recipe to make for work but used an Applesauce-Spice cupcake recipe. It turned out great, but this looks delicious. Perfect for this time of year. It’s next on my to try list! Thanks!

September 27, 2010 04:29 PM
AGinTO said...

OhMyGoodness! That looks so delicious!

I’m allergic to Walnuts…but oddly enough NOT to pecans. So I’m going to try this with Pecans instead.

Goddess Jewelry

September 27, 2010 04:44 PM
robotkitty said...

Oh gosh, must make this!! Thanks for sharing this with us!

September 27, 2010 04:52 PM
Lisa82367 said...

Looks delish!! I just discovered your blog a couple of weeks ago — where have I been? Yes, under a rock! I already purchased my cake pops book, and have invited a friend over the weekend of October 16th to make our first batch!

September 27, 2010 05:11 PM
Pretty. Good. Food. said...

Looks absolutely delicious, I’m going to try it in my cast-iron skillet!

September 27, 2010 05:55 PM
Vanessa Schultz said...

Wow!! That looks like sticky toffee pudding gone apple-ie! I wonder if it would work without the nuts. My family is anti-nut, even though they themselves are nuts, ha ha!

September 27, 2010 06:22 PM
Mary said...

Okay, this looks fantastic! I have apples in my fridge that I need to use up! I think I know what I’m doing tonight.

Can anyone help me though? The ingredients call for oil… does it matter what type of oil I use?


Mary xo

September 27, 2010 06:38 PM
Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef said...

ooooh looks amazing! I love apple cake! and this is like apple cake on steroids!

September 27, 2010 07:59 PM
Cristy Stipetic said...

It’s yummy before poking and pouring. I can’t wait until it’s cool to finsih the cake! thanks

September 27, 2010 08:35 PM
Lauren @ Crave. Indulge. Satisfy. said...

YUM! Looks delicious! Have fun on your book tour! Wish you were coming to Mobile, AL on your tour!

September 27, 2010 08:48 PM
Alisha said...

I’m drooling all over my keyboard reading this. I wanted to lick the screen. Now I have a reason to buy more delicious apples. I’ll be amazed if I haven’t baked this by the weekend!

September 27, 2010 09:20 PM
Roxanne said...

When are you going to be in Dallas? I want to meet you. Have been a fan for over two years

September 27, 2010 09:47 PM
Cat Jones said...

oh my. I may or may NOT cool it on the topping…it looks soo yummy with it slathered all over! K, so hoping to make the trip up to SLC to get you to sign my book…and to see what Fall really looks like. In AZ, it looks kinda like summer…very brown.

September 27, 2010 10:02 PM
randi Van Oostendorp said...

I just wanted to tell you how impressed by you I am. I too share a great love for food and love creating! I feel like I’m overwhelmed a bit right now with 4 small kids and don’t get to do as much as I’d like to and you’re doing everything that I would love to do someday, you are very inspiring and I hope I can do great things in the food world someday too. My day will come right? thank you for sharing your talents with the world. You are amazing and give me lots to look forward too.

September 27, 2010 10:02 PM
Raina said...

My kind of apple cake! Yummy!

September 27, 2010 10:32 PM
stacy - MO said...

Just made this and OH MY GOODNESS!!! It’s as good as it looks!! MY husband, who doesn’t like cake, decided he would be able to eat this one!

Mary, I used regular vegetable oil and it worked just fine.

September 27, 2010 10:35 PM
CS said...

This sounds delicious! I think I’m going to try it tomorrow. I wonder if the oil can be subbed for apple sauce…hmm…

September 27, 2010 11:02 PM
? Farah B ? said...

I’ve been follow your blog a few times..and what a great hands u have. All the kitchen stuff becoming sweet. It’s a Magic!! Keep up a good work! Rejoice ?

September 28, 2010 12:15 AM
Jolene ( said...

Oh my … I am TOTALLY making this! It looks so moist, and just simply PERFECT.

September 28, 2010 12:43 AM
Danielle G. said...


September 28, 2010 01:19 AM
Lafleche said...

I made this tonight after reading your blog post. It was a big hit.
I am so looking forward to meeting you at the signing in Costa Mesa!

I blogged about it if you want to see…
link to

September 28, 2010 06:14 AM
Lucy said...

I think it looks delicious WITH all the sauce…so gooey and luscious. I will definitely have to try this.

September 28, 2010 09:46 AM
Lorie said...

Looks super good! I love the brown sugar part….. yummy! Although I think I got a toothache just looking at the pictures. Nonetheless I still want to try making this, thank u for sharing with us :)

September 28, 2010 12:06 PM
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