This easy apple cake with fresh apples is one of my favorite fruit desserts. It’s super easy to put together, and not too sweet. It’s a moist apple cake with fresh apples and in addition, you can also add raisins or walnuts.
I don’t know about you, but fruit desserts are my favorite. More than even cheesecakes and chocolate cakes.
I am not a huge fan of pies, but cobblers or a sweet, moist fruit cake with my morning coffee or with a scoop of ice cream after dinner is definitely a good way to start or finish (or both) the day.
This apple cake is super easy to make. You throw all the ingredients in a big bowl, mix it up by hand or with a hand mixer and send it to the oven.
Easy Apple Cake With Fresh Apples…
I use the batter as a base and replaced the apples with peaches, nectarines, plums, and pears. It workes so well with all of those kinds of fruits!
I’ll often make it as a snack for my kids or I’ll make it as a dessert and serve it warm with vanilla ice cream. This is a simple recipe that you are going to love!
What Are The Best Apples to Use in Fresh Apple Cake?
Granny Smith are great apples to use in apple cakes. Other varieties work great as well. Gala, for example is another great variety to use.
You don’t have to use green or red apples. You can use either or even both and mix it up.
Do You Peel Apples For Apple Cake?
No, you don’t have to peel apples for apple cake. The skin is going to soften during baking and it’s really tasty.
Well, at least in my opinion. Of course, you can go ahead and peel your apples if you’d like. Make sure to use apple scraps to make apple scrap vinegar.
Tools That We Are Going to Need…
Large mixing bowl – I mix all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl. If you prefer, you can use a stand mixer and mix the batter ingredients with a standing mixer.
10” spring form pan – if I make this cake for a party, I love using a round spring pan. It comes out very pretty. However, often, when I make it just for us, I’ll actually use 2 loaf pans instead. You can go either way.
How to Make Apple Cake With Fresh Apples…
I start by cutting up 5 apples. This time I used Granny Smith and I didn’t peel them…
Then, to a big mixing bowl, I add 1 cup sugar, 1/3 cup brandy or red wine (this is optional), 3/4 cup canola oil (or you can do coconut oil instead), 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract, 3 eggs, 2 cups all-purpose flour (I sift it usually), 1 tablespoon of baking powder, and 1 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon.
With a whisk or a hand mixer, I mix it all together well…
Then I add 1 cup chopped walnuts and 1 cup raisins…
And I add the apples.
I use a spatula or a wooden spoon to mix the nuts, raisins, and apples in with the batter.
Next, I butter a 10” springform pan…
And transfer the cake batter into the pan.
Lastly, I sprinkle with 1/4 cup of brown sugar and bake in a 350 degrees Fahrenheit preheated oven for about 50 minutes.
How to Know if Apple Cake is Done…
Here it is fresh out of the oven… The apple cake will be golden and set.
To check if an apple cake is done, you can stick a toothpick in the center of the cake. If it comes up dry the cake is baked all the way and done.
How to Serve Apple Cake With Fresh Apples?
Like almost all apple cakes and pies, this one is great warm out of the oven with a scoop of vanilla ice cream beside it…
Truly, it’s the best way to serve an apple cake in my opinion.
But you can be sure I’ll take it without ice-cream first thing in the morning as well!
This apple cake is a great coffee cake. It’s great at room temperature with a hot cup of coffee next to it.
How to Store Fresh Apple Cake?
If your house is not too hot, apple cake will do just fine on the kitchen counter for a few days (if it lasts that long).
I often leave the apple cake in the spring pan and cover it with a plastic food wrap or a large piece of tin foil and leave it on the counter.
If it’s the middle of the summer and the AC is not on and the house is too hot, I’ll wrap it and store it in the fridge.
Can I Freeze an Apple Cake?
Yes! This apple cake freezes very well. In fact, if you prefer, you can make this apple cake in a loaf pan to make it easy for freezing.
This recipe makes two loaf pans. I often make it this way and then wrap one loaf with plastic food wrap and freeze it for later.
If you have many apples and you are looking for a way to preserve them, this is a great way! Make a few loaves and freeze them for later.
When you are ready to serve an apple cake, take it out of the freezer and allow it to thaw and come to room temperature (I usually do this the night before).
Then, you can serve it at room temperature or heat a slice in the microwave for a few seconds before serving.
I hope that you’ll give this delicious recipe a try!
And if you are looking for more apple recipes, check these tutorials and recipes as well…
How to Dry Apples in the Oven (Apple Chips)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup brandy or red wine (optional)
- 3/4 cup canola oil (or coconut)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 eggs at room temperature
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 cup raisins
- 5 Apples peeled (optional) and diced
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- To a large mixing bowl, add sugar, brandy, canola oil, vanilla extract, eggs, flour, baking powder, and cinnamon.
- With a whisk or a hand mixer, mix the ingredients well (of course, you can do this with a hand mixer if you'd like).
- To the batter, add chopped walnuts, raisins, and apples, and mix them in.
- Butter a 10'' springform pan and transfer the batter to the pan.
- Sprinkle with brown sugar.
- Bake for 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes up dry.
I usually use Granny Smith apples, however, you can use any variety of apples.
Peeling your apples is optional. If you scroll up and look at the step by step picture tutorial, You'll see that I didn't peel my apples. The skin softens during the baking process and I actually like it.
But if you'd like, go ahead and peel your apples.
This recipe will also make two loaves if you prefer using loaf pans instead of a round spring pan.
I make it often this way and wrap one loaf with plastic food wrap and freeze it for later. This cake freezes very well.
If it's frozen, let it thaw and come to room temperature before serving it. You can heat individual slices for a few seconds in the microwave before serving.
Like any other apple dessert, this cake is delicious served warm with vanilla ice cream. However, it's also a great coffee cake, so it's really good served at room temperature alongside a hot cup of coffee.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 338Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 108mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 3gSugar: 27gProtein: 4g
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Hi! I’m Lady Lee. I help homesteaders simplify their homesteading journey while still producing a ton of food! I am a single mother of four, I was born in Israel and raised in an agricultural commune called a Kibbutz. Now I homestead in central NC.