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Apple Cake

This apple cake is Deb Perelman's recipe from her Smitten Kitchen Cookbook. This delicious cake has layers of apple-cinnamon filling with a walnut topping. 
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours
Servings: 12 people


Apple Mixture

  • 6 apples peeled and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 5 tablspoons granulated sugar

Cake Mixture

  • 2 ¾ cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs large
  • 1 cup walnuts


  • Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheight and place baking rack in the center of oven. Spray a tube pan with baking spray (flour + butter mixture). 
  • Prepare your apples by peeling, slicing, and chopping them into chunks. Add cinnamon and sugar to the apples and mix together. Set aside while you prepare the cake mix. 
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set mixture aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together the oil, sugar, orange juice, vanilla extract, and eggs. Add your wet ingredients to the dry and mix until completely combined (there should be no lumps).
  • Pour half of the cake batter into your tube pan. Then, pour half of the apple mixture into the tube pan. Pour the remaining cake batter over the apples, and top the cake with the rest of the apples. Sprinkle walnuts on the top. 
  • Bake the cake for approximately 1 ½ hours, rotating halfway through. Test for doneness by inserting a toothpick which should come out clean.
  • Cool cake completely in the tube pan. Afterwards unmold onto a cake stand for eating. 

Heather's Helpful Hints

Deb mentions on her blog that there are sometimes pockets of uncooked batter surrounding the apples on top. I found this to be the case with my cake, and gave it 15 additional minutes of cook time. I also heeded her advice and put aluminum foil on the top near the end of baking because I found my apples were browning too fast on the top.


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 535kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 217mg | Potassium: 307mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 44g | Vitamin A: 140IU | Vitamin C: 6.9mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 2.2mg
This recipe was found on My Sweet Precision. Thank you for visiting!