The. Best. Apple Cinnamon Cake. Ever!

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Slice of the Best Apple Cinnamon Cake on a plate with a fork.   When you bake this cake, the entire house fills with the amazing aroma of cinnamon and apples.  And then when you eat it, every bite gives you sweet cinnamon spice with a beautifully spongy texture and a sweet and tart pop from the apples.  

This is seriously, the Best Apple Cinnamon Cake Ever!   The combination of apples and cinnamon is timeless, but the fact that this cake is so incredibly fluffy and oh-so-moist just really puts it over the top.  When you bake this baby, the entire house fills with the amazing aroma of cinnamon and apples.  And then when you eat it, every bite gives you sweet cinnamon spice with a beautifully spongy texture and a sweet and tart pop from the apples.  

Growing up, my mom always cooked and sometimes even baked.  For some reason, the only cake I can remember from my childhood is an AMAZING Apple Cinnamon Cake, probably because it is AMAZING.  Did I mention that this cake is AMAZING?  The combination of apples and cinnamon is timeless, but the fact that this cake is so incredibly fluffy and oh-so-moist just really puts it over the top.  It’s a special kind of spongy that is also light and fluffy.  The apples bring not only flavor and a moistness to the cake, but also bring texture.  Now, my mom made this recipe with walnuts.  My husband and my daughters are not fans of walnut, so I simply left them out, so if you have any nut allergies or aversions, feel free to exclude them.

MAKE IT YOUR FAMILY TRADITION

Every year we take the girls apple picking.  There are so many apple orchards around NY/NJ that we have found a new one to visit nearly every year, which is quite amazing.  So, it’s always a new adventure.

When the girls were babies, I made LOTS of applesauce.  As they grew, I started making other sweet treats with apples.  This apple cake takes the top prize though.  What makes it even better now?  The girls love making the cake!  It’s such a great family activity and a chance to start a new family tradition!

KIDS SHOW HOW TO MAKE IT!

Ok, I realize this is not your traditional tutorial, but my girls really wanted to show how to make this yummy recipe!  Check out their tutorial video here…

EQUIPMENT NEEDED FOR APPLE CINNAMON CAKE

For this recipe you need a 12 or 13 inch pan.  Aside from that, you just need a knife and cutting board!

EASY PREP FOR YOUR APPLE CINNAMON CAKE

Prep so easy a 5-year old can do it!
 
 
My first tip is to get all ingredients measured out first.  It makes it easier when kids are helping, but frankly it’s just easier for everyone!    Also, all ingredients should be at room temperature, so no worries if it takes a while to measure everything.  
 
Once you make the complete batter, it will be VERY THICK and this is normal.  (room temperature will help all ingredients to combine easier)
 
For the apples, it’s quite a bit of peeling and dicing, so the more family members in the kitchen to help, the better!  It’s ok if they start to turn a little bit brown as they will be cooking and look perfect.  However, you can also squeeze a bit of fresh lemon juice over then to prevent browning.
 
Nuts!  This recipe is delicious with walnuts, but I left them out of the pics because my family is not into walnuts in their desserts.  The recipe is perfect either way!
 
I hope you enjoy this recipe! 
Carrie

 

The. Best. Apple Cinnamon Cake. Ever!

The combination of apples and cinnamon is timeless, but the fact that this cake is so incredibly fluffy and oh-so-moist just really puts it over the top. It's a special kind of spongy that is also light and fluffy. The apples bring not only flavor and a moistness to the cake, but also bring texture. 
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 12 pieces
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 cups diced apples
  • 1 cup walnuts chopped optional – I left them out
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 2 tsps. Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp vanilla

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. All ingredients should be at room temperature. Note, this is a THICK batter, so room temperature will help all ingredients to combine easier.
  3. Beat eggs and sugar till lemon colored.
  4. Mix in oil and vanilla. Mix really well.
  5. Sift flour, cinnamon, salt and baking soda. Beat.
  6. Fold in apples and nuts (nuts optional).
  7. Put batter in either a 9x13 pan or bundt pan.
  8. Bake at 350 for 60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

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