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Apple Cake

When you think of apples in dessert, you probably go straight to apple pie, right? Once you try this recipe, this will be your new favorite apple-based dessert!
Prep Time 15 mins
Bake Time 55 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins


  • 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 and ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg


  • Preheat your oven to 350°F and grease a round 9" cake pan. I recommend using a springform pan.
  • Peel the apples and thinly slice them.
  • Toss the apples in lemon juice and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, add in your dry ingredients: flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl using a hand mixer, mix the eggs until frothy.
  • Add in both the white and brown sugars and mix together for about a minute.
  • Add in the vegetable oil and vanilla extra and mix until combined.
  • Sift the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients in thirds. Sift a third of the dry ingredients, give it a mix and then repeat the process 2 more times until all of the dry ingredients are mixed in with the wet ingredients.
  • Divide the dough into thirds, and take the first third of the dough and flatten it in the cake pan.
  • Take the apples and lemon juice mixture and place half of it on top of the dough, spreading it out evenly.
  • Repeat the layering process one and a half more times.
  • From bottom to top, your layers should be dough, apples, dough, apples, dough.
  • Bake for 55 minutes until golden brown.


  • Mixing the apples in lemon juice keeps them from browning. If you don't want to use lemon juice, then make sure you hold off on slicing the apples to the very last step to keep them from browning.
  • The reason we sift the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients in thirds is to prevent it from overmixing. If you overmix your ingredients, you'll end up with a gummy cake, and who wants that?
  • Using 2 large Granny Smith apples is plenty for this recipe. If you're using medium-sized apples then use 3 of them.
  • Feel free to use your stand mixer, I just find it easier to use a hand mixer. I feel like I have more control over the batter. But you'll get the same finished product using either.
  • To make this cake gluten-free, make sure you substitute all-purpose flour with gluten-free flour.
  • Feel free to add some nuts or chocolate chips to this cake. Either or will be delicious.