Category: Cakes

Mom’s Apple Cake

Mom’s Apple Cake is a classic family dessert OR coffeecake, with fresh baking apples, cinnamon and pecans (or walnuts). Easy to prepare, and tastes delicious!Mom's Apple Cake is a classic family dessert OR coffeecake, with fresh baking apples, cinnamon and pecans (or walnuts). Easy to prepare, and tastes delicious!
I’m gonna let you in on a little secret….shhh… don’t tell. My Mom’s Apple Cake is amazing! Seriously. It’s packed with fresh apples and cinnamon, and is so moist, you don’t need to “fancy it up” with any extra frosting. It’s absolutely perfect just the way it is, for dessert OR as a coffeecake!

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Our Family History With This Apple Cake

My mom used to make this cake for our family as I was growing up, and this simple recipe has been in my collection for over 35 years. I don’t know where she got the original recipe, but I DO KNOW that it is absolutely delicious, and is perfect anytime, but especially in the Fall!

The recipe is super simple to make, and you probably already have the ingredients in your home. My mom always makes this cake in a 13×9 inch cake pan (I’ve made it this way for decades). This time I tried making it in a spring form pan and 2 miniature spring form pans (just as an experiment). They turned out PERFECT!

Result…ALWAYS fantastic, no matter WHAT you bake it in. This is a great dessert cake, but is equally good in the morning with a cup of good coffee. Well, someone had to try it for breakfast…*cough, cough*…I don’t mind “taking one for the team”). Here’s a few pics taken while making this yummy apple cake.

Making Mom’s Apple Cake

Mix the eggs, oil and sugar together in a large bowl. A whisk works very well!

Eggs, sugar and oil are mixed together to make batter for apple cake.

Add the sifted dry ingredients to the liquid ingredients in the bowl. EASY!

Dry ingredients are sifted into the cake batter.

The apple cake dough is a very thick dough. You will want to mix it up well, by hand.

The batter for Mom's apple cake is very thick.

Add the vanilla, peeled and chopped apples and nuts, and mix them into the dough. Keep stirring that thick batter until all ingredients are fully incorporated.

Apples, nuts and vanilla are added to the thick cake batter.

Time To Bake Mom’s Apple Cake!

Spread the cake batter into your prepared pan(s), and then bake until done (approximately 55 minutes). I used a little of the cake batter to make two small individual cakes at the same time! NOTE: Mom’s apple cake can also be made in a standard sized 13×9 inch baking pan.

The cake batter is spread into prepared baking pans.

Look how cute the miniature cakes turned out! I’m giving these little apple cakes to some of our friends!

Made tiny versions of the apple cake to give to friends.

Time To Serve Mom’s Apple Cake!

Yum… all I need now is some coffee to go with a nice slice of Mom’s Apple Cake! Once the cake has cooled, lightly sift powdered sugar over the top. You can also garnish it with mint sprigs and dried apple slices, if desired.

A side view of Mom's apple cake.

Here is a nice slice of cake, ready to serve. Wow – this slice of Mom’s apple cake looks so good! See all the apple chunks? YUM!

A piece of Mom's apple cake, on a plate, ready to eat!

Sure hope you’ll try this apple cake. It is absolutely FANTASTIC, and I know you’re gonna LOVE it! Thanks, Mom, for another great childhood recipe!

If You Enjoy Mom’s Apple Cake, You Will Like These Cake Recipes, Too!

If you enjoy baking or simply EATING cake, be sure to check out my other cake recipes on this blog, including German Chocolate, Raspberry Lemon, Poppyseed, Lemon, Hummingbird, Gingerbread, Carrot and Mom’s Easy Chocolate Cake. You can find ALL my recipes in the Recipe Index, located at the top of the page.

Collage of cakes with recipes on "The Grateful Girl Cooks!" blog.

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Mom's Apple Cake
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
55 mins
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
 
Mom's Apple Cake is a classic family dessert OR coffeecake, with fresh baking apples, cinnamon and pecans (or walnuts). Easy to prepare, and tastes delicious!
Category: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Mom's apple cake
Servings: 12 slices
Calories Per Serving: 354 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups chopped apple (approximately 4-5 I usually use Granny Smith, but any apples will do)
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs, oil and sugar together by hand until well blended. Add sifted dry ingredients. Stir until well blended. Dough will be stiff... just keep on stirring! Add vanilla, chopped apples and nuts. Stir well until thoroughly combined. Dough will be stiff.

  3. Grease and flour a Springform pan, plus two miniature springform pans (or use a greased and floured 13x9 inch baking pan). Spread batter evenly in baking pan.

  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 55 minutes (for regular sized springform pan) *SEE NOTES SECTION FOR BAKING TIMES, IF USING OTHER TYPES OF BAKING PANS*
Recipe Notes

*BAKING TIMES:
1 regular-sized Springform pan = 55 minutes 
Miniature Springform pans = 40 minutes
13 x 9 inch cake pan = 1 hour

Nutrition Facts
Mom's Apple Cake
Amount Per Serving (1 (one 12th of total))
Calories 354 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 27mg9%
Sodium 205mg9%
Potassium 119mg3%
Carbohydrates 63g21%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 36g40%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 55IU1%
Vitamin C 1.6mg2%
Calcium 22mg2%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Rich Chocolate Mini-Cakes

Made in mini-muffin pans, you will LOVE these fudgy, rich chocolate mini-cakes, drizzled with white chocolate icing. Recipe makes 24 decadent treats!Made in mini-muffin pans, you will LOVE these fudgy, rich chocolate mini-cakes, drizzled with white chocolate icing. Recipe makes 24 decadent treats!

Sweet, dense, fudgy, amazingly delicious! These are just a few of the words I would use to describe these Rich Chocolate Mini-Cakes! I found this recipe online at Hershey’s Kitchens several years ago, and am sure glad I did!

Recently I made these for a chocolate-themed dinner party with friends. I was responsible for bringing several chocolate-based treats, and this is one of the “small bite” desserts I made. I don’t have photos of them while I prepared them, but they are easy enough to make with the instructions below.

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Why We Love These Rich Chocolate Mini-Cakes

These miniature “chocolatey” cakes are rich and decadent. They are made in miniature muffin tins, so this recipe makes 24 mini-cakes. Each cake may be fairly small in size, but they make up for it in FLAVOR! They are unbelievably moist, dense, and completely, ridiculously, “chocolately”!

The rich chocolate mini-cakes were a cinch to make and were perfect, small bite treats to add to the dessert tray offerings. Everyone loved them, and I recommend them, without hesitation. Hope you will give them a try… you won’t be disappointed!

Looking For More CHOCOLATE Recipes?

You can find ALL my recipes in the Recipe Index, located at the top of the page. I have some wonderful chocolate desserts you’ll enjoy, including:

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Rich, Chocolate Mini-Cakes
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
27 mins
 

Made in mini-muffin pans, you will LOVE these fudgy, rich chocolate mini-cakes, drizzled with white chocolate icing. Recipe makes 24 decadent treats!

Category: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate mini-cakes
Servings: 24 mini-cakes
Calories Per Serving: 98 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For mini-cakes:
  • 2/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For Chocolate Glaze:
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Tablespoons cocoa
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
For White Drizzle:
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable shortening (do NOT use butter, margarine or oil!)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease or spray miniature muffin cups (1 3/4 inches in diameter). Set aside.
  2. To Make the Mini-Cakes:
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the water, oil and vanilla to the dry ingredients. Mix ingredients together until well blended. The batter will be fairly thin, so don't worry. Carefully spoon the batter into the greased muffin cups (these can be made in two batches if you only have one muffin pan). Fill each muffin cup 2/3 of the way full.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes or until the top springs back when you gently touch it in the middle. When done, remove the muffin pan to a wire rack to cool. Let them cool for 3-4 minutes, then remove cakes from the muffin pan. (If making in two batches, clean pan, re-grease it and repeat previous directions for rest of the batter).
  5. Make sure cakes cool completely before glazing.
  6. To Make the Chocolate Glaze:
  7. Melt the 2 Tablespoons of butter in a saucepan on low heat. Stir in the 2 Tablespoons water and 2 Tablespoons cocoa. Cook, stirring constantly until smooth, and slightly thickened, but do not let mixture come to a boil. Remove the pan from heat and let it cool slightly. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla in gradually. Whisk the sauce as you add the sugar until mixture is smooth and lumps are gone.
  8. Carefully spread the chocolate glaze over the tops of each cooled mini-cake. Place frosted cakes on a wax-paper or parchment lined baking sheet. Refrigerate cakes for 10-15 minutes to let the glaze "set" and firm up. While the cakes are refrigerating, prepare the white drizzle.
  9. To Make The White Drizzle:
  10. Place 1/2 cup white chocolate chips and 1 Tablespoon of shortening into a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on MEDIUM (50%) power for 30 seconds. Remove and stir until smooth. If it is necessary, microwave the chips an additional 10-15 seconds, just until the chips can be stirred and become smooth. Let cool slightly. Drizzle this onto the mini-cakes.
  11. Let drizzle firm up a bit, then serve and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Rich, Chocolate Mini-Cakes
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 98 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 3mg1%
Sodium 47mg2%
Potassium 29mg1%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Sugar 11g12%
Vitamin A 30IU1%
Calcium 12mg1%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Mom’s Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

It’s easy to make a delicious, thick chocolate buttercream frosting from scratch that will add a touch of YUM to cakes, brownies, and cupcakes!It's easy to make a delicious, thick chocolate buttercream frosting from scratch that will add a touch of YUM to cakes, brownies, and cupcakes!

I love to bake cakes and cupcakes…this is hands down my favorite frosting!  This chocolate buttercream frosting is wonderfully creamy and delicious, and is easy to make from scratch!

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Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Just Like My Mom Made It!

When I was growing up, one of our family’s favorite desserts was when my Mom would go into our kitchen after dinner and whip up a “from scratch” chocolate cake.  She would frost it with her creamy chocolate buttercream frosting, and we would dig in! Well, this is her recipe for the frosting.

I’ve made it many times over the years when I need an easy chocolate buttercream frosting to cover a cake, brownies or cupcakes!

Here is the chocolate buttercream frosting on a cake.

It’s always more tasty and inexpensive when you make it from scratch with a few common ingredients (probably already in your pantry).

Mom's chocolate buttercream frosting on yellow cupcakes.

The recipe makes enough to cover a bunch of cupcakes, a 13×9 sheet cake, or a two layer cake. It is full of chocolate flavor, very creamy and delicious! Hope you enjoy it!

If you enjoy homemade cake frosting, be sure to check out my recipe for German Chocolate Cake, which FEATURES a phenomenal coconut frosting! By the way, You can find ALL my recipes in the Recipe Index, located at the top of the page. Have a great day.

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Mom's Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
3 mins
Total Time
8 mins
 
It's easy to make a delicious, thick chocolate buttercream frosting from scratch that will add a touch of YUM to cakes, brownies, and cupcakes!
Category: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate buttercream frosting
Servings: 24 Enough for 24 cupcakes or one layer cake
Calories Per Serving: 84 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 6 Tablespoons butter
  • 4 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 dash salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 12 ounces powdered sugar (3/4 of a 16 oz. box)
  • 1/4 cup milk plus more if needed
Instructions
  1. Place butter in a small saucepan over low heat and heat until melted. Remove pan from heat.
  2. Add cocoa powder to melted butter and mix until combined. Add salt, vanilla, and milk; mix well.

  3. Slowly add the powdered sugar; beat until thoroughly combined. If the frosting is too thin for your liking, add additional powdered sugar (a little at a time). If frosting is too thick, add a little bit of milk (a little at a time).

  4. Frost cake or cupcakes and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Recipe Source: My Mom

Nutrition Facts
Mom's Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
Amount Per Serving (1 (frosting for one cupcake)
Calories 84 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 7mg2%
Sodium 28mg1%
Potassium 16mg0%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Sugar 14g16%
Vitamin A 90IU2%
Calcium 5mg1%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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