Old- Fashioned Wooden Spoon Apple Cake

Apple Cake
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  • Total: 75 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 60 mins
  • Yield: 12 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
400 Calories
23g Fat
45g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 400
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g 30%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 56mg 19%
Sodium 438mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 16%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Protein 5g
Calcium 63mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

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.


  • 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 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Steps 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.
  • 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. 
  • To bring out the nutty flavor of the walnuts, toast them lightly in a dry skillet until lightly browned and aromatic.

Recipe Variations

  • Make the cake with chopped fresh pears instead of apples.
  • Omit the chopped walnuts or use chopped pecans instead.
  • Replace half of the granulated sugar with firmly packed light or dark brown sugar.


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