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!
  • 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
  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

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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