Apple Cake is a moist cake full of diced apples and chopped nuts. A lot of apple cakes, such as this Dairy-Free Apple Cake, have spices like cinnamon to add flavor to the cake. This cake gets its flavor from just the apples and nuts. It isn't a sweet cake, it really relies on the apples and nuts for its flavor. It is a tasty alternative to spiced apple cakes. This Apple Cake makes a nice addition to your fall and Thanksgiving festivities.
I found this recipe in Mom's recipe book. It was written on an index card and signed by Mom's sister, Jane. The index card is a little stained and discolored. It looks like a well used recipe. Aunt Jane was known for her excellent cooking and baking skills, so I'm not surprised her recipe makes a delicious cake. All of Mom's siblings are/were good in the kitchen. I guess they get it from their Mom!
Aunt Jane's Apple Cake recipe calls for one cup of nuts. In baked goods, I alternate using walnuts or pecans because both are good in baked goods. I purchase the nuts we use in bulk from Sunnyland Farms then freeze them in small freezer bags until they are needed. I thaw the nuts on the counter a few hours before I need them. The nuts are always fresh from Sunnyland Farms. We've been snacking on their Royal Nut Mix over the last few months. So good!
I like to use Granny Smith apples in baked goods that call for apples because they are a firm, tart apple that holds up well when baked. I dice the apples fairly small, but you could use larger pieces, if you prefer.
This recipe calls for partially mixing the batter then letting it rest for an hour before adding the rest of the ingredients. The eggs are added before the resting period. When making baked goods, I typically let eggs come to room temperature before incorporating them in my baked goods, but because this batter has a resting time, I used cold eggs. I don't like to let the eggs be out of the refrigerator for too long of a period without cooking them. I may be a little over cautious, but I'd rather be safe than sorry.
After the resting period, add the remaining ingredients, then pour the batter into a lightly greased 13x9 baking pan. The cake bakes in 45-50 minutes. Let it cool completely before serving then keep it covered with plastic wrap.
I hope you like Aunt Jane's Apple Cake!
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 jumbo eggs
- 1 cup walnuts, chopped You can use pecans.
- 4 cups diced apples I like to use granny smith apples.
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- Preheat your oven to 375F.
- Lightly spray a 9x13 baking pan with cooking spray.
- Mix together the cooking oil, salt, eggs, apples, brown sugar, granulated sugar and nuts. Let stand one hour.
- Add the flour and baking soda.
- Pour into the prepared baking pan.
- Bake in a preheated oven for 40-50 minutes or until a pick inserted comes out clean.