Old- Fashioned Wooden Spoon Apple Cake

Apple Cake
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  • 75 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 60 mins
  • Yield: 12 to 16 Servings
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This moist old-fashioned apple cake made with fresh chopped apples, cinnamon, and chopped nuts. It's a treat you'll make every fall, whether you pick your own apples or buy them at the market.

Put the mixer away! This cake is best mixed the old-fashioned way--with a wooden spoon. Thanks to Carol for sharing this recipe.

Serve this cake slightly warm with a scoop of ice cream or dust it with sifted powdered sugar.

See Also
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What You'll Need

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (13 1/2 ounces)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup vegetable oil* 
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 cups chopped apples
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts  (or pecans)

How to Make It

  1. Heat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Grease and flour a 9-by-13-by-2-inch baking pan.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine the sugar, flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon; blend well. Add the remaining ingredients all at once and mix with a wooden spoon until blended.
  4. Spread the batter in the prepared baking pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 55 to 60 minutes, or until the cake tests done. A toothpick inserted into the center of the apple cake should come out clean.

    *Use a neutral flavor vegetable oil, such as canola, corn oil, or safflower.

    Tips and Variations

    Some kinds of apples are better for baking than others. For a cake, the apples don't have to be firm as in a pie or crisp. Choose fairly sweet apples, like Gala, Golden Delicious, Jonathan, Braeburn, Pippin or MacIntosh. 


    Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
    Calories 400
    Total Fat 23 g
    Saturated Fat 3 g
    Unsaturated Fat 13 g
    Cholesterol 56 mg
    Sodium 438 mg
    Carbohydrates 45 g
    Dietary Fiber 3 g
    Protein 5 g
    (The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)