Spiced Apple Oatmeal Cake

Apple cake is served
Diana Rattray
Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 45 mins
Total: 65 mins
Servings: 12 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
295 Calories
11g Fat
47g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 295
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 355mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 47g 17%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 24g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 2mg 8%
Calcium 79mg 6%
Iron 3mg 19%
Potassium 173mg 4%
*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.)

The apple is one of our most versatile fruits. We enjoy apples in cakes, pies, cookies, beverages, main dishes, side dishes, and sandwiches. This moist and chunky apple cake is an excellent way to use apples.

Raisins and chopped pecans or walnuts add to the fantastic texture of the cake, but feel free to omit either one if you aren't a fan. Or replace either the raisins or the nuts with dried cranberries, brickle chips, or chopped dates.

The cake is moist enough to enjoy with nothing but a dusting of powdered sugar, but you might want to make a simple vanilla glaze for the cake. Or drizzle individual servings with your favorite dessert sauce. Butterscotch or caramel sauce, lemon sauce, and bourbon sauce are all very good choices. Homemade apple cider syrup would be wonderful on this cake.


  • 3 cups coarsely chopped apples, from about 3 large apples

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar, divided

  • 2 large eggs

  • 9 ounces all-purpose flour, about 2 cups

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

  • 1 cup quick oats

  • 1/2 cup raisins

  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans

  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil, or melted shortening

  • Confectioners' sugar, or vanilla icing, for serving

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    gather the ingredients
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  2. Peel and core the apples; chop them finely.

    peel, core, and slice the apples
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  3. Transfer the chopped apples to a medium saucepan. Add the water and 1/2 cup of the brown sugar; stir to combine.

    combine the apples with brown sugar and water
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    Place the saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes, or until the apples are tender. Remove the apples from the heat and let them cool.

    simmer the apples
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  4. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease and flour a 10-inch tube cake pan.

    grease and flour the cake pan
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  5. Crack the eggs into a small bowl and beat lightly with a whisk or fork. Set aside.

    lightly beat the eggs
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  6. In a mixing bowl with an electric mixer, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, allspice, oats, raisins, and chopped pecans.

    add the dry ingredients to the mixing bowl
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  7. To the dry ingredients, add the cooled apple mixture, the lightly beaten eggs, the remaining brown sugar, and the vegetable oil or melted shortening. Beat until all of the ingredients are moist; don't overbeat.

    Add the apples, eggs, and oil...
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  8. Spoon the apple cake batter into the prepared tube pan. Spread the batter evenly.

    spoon the batter into the pan
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  9. Bake the apple cake in the preheated oven for about 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean or with just a few moist crumbs clinging. Place the cake on a rack and cool for 10 minutes before removing it from the pan. Invert the cake onto the rack to cool completely.

    cool the cake on a rack
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  10. Transfer the cooled cake to a large plate or platter. Slice the cooled cake and serve.

    slice the cake and serve
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  11. Dust servings with confectioners' sugar or drizzle with a simple vanilla icing. Enjoy.

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