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.


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236 comments on “Easy Apple Cake”

  1. 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.

  2. 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. ;)



  3. Sounds and looks yummy

  4. 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.

  5. Delicious! Can’t wait to try it.

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

  7. Thanks for sharing… love those red apple shots :D

  8. That looks heavenly…

  9. Apple desserts are so wonderful and this certainly looks delicious!

  10. 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.

  11. 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!!

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

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

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

  15. Anything with that much butter is yummy no questions asked!

  16. Angie
    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!

  17. 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 !!!!!!!

  18. 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!!!!!!


  19. 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)

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


  21. 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:)

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

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

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

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

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

  27. 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!

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

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

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

  31. yum looks like it would melt in your mouth!

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

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

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

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

  36. 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?? :)

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

  38. 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.

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

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

  41. 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: http://cooking-with-zest.blogspot.com/2010/07/easy-as-pie-apple-cake.html

  42. This looks too good – I love good apple desserts!

  43. That looks and sounds absolutely amazing!

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

  45. 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!!

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

  47. 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 :)

  48. 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 :)

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

  50. 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.

  51. 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

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

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

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

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

  56. 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.

  57. 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!

  58. 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?

  59. 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!!!!

  60. 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!!

  61. 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!

  62. 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.

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

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

  65. 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!

  66. 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!

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

  68. 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.

  69. 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!

  70. 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!

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

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

  73. 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!

  74. 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!

  75. 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

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

  77. 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!

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

  79. 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!

  80. 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

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

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

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

  84. 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!

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

  86. 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.

  87. 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.

  88. My kind of apple cake! Yummy!

  89. 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.

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

  91. 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 ?

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

  93. I LOVE YOUR BOOK!!!!

  94. 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…

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

  96. 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 :)

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