Thursday, August 23, 2012

Fresh Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze

A friend shared this delicious cake recipe from Pinterest, and I have made it for dessert many times now (thanks Shelley!). It's simple to make and a great way to use apples and satisfy the sweet tooth. I have to admit...I even ate a piece for breakfast one day and it tasted great with my coffee! A reader asked me to share, so here you go. I know you're gonna love it! (Feel free to double the recipe and use a 13 x 9 pan if you are feeding a larger crowd.)

Fresh Apple Cake w/ Brown Sugar Glaze adapted from Southern Cakes
Uploaded by Monica H at

Apple Cake:
      1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
      1 cup sugar
      1/2 teaspoon baking soda
      1/2 teaspoon salt
      1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
      2 eggs
      1/2 cup canola oil
      1 teaspoon vanilla
      1 1/2 cups finely chopped apples
      1/2 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped (optional)

Brown Sugar Glaze:
      1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
      3 Tablespoons butter
      1/2 teaspoon vanilla
      1 Tablespoon heavy cream

For the cake: Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8-inch pan (round or square) and set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.Stir with a whisk to mix everything together.

In a large bowl, mix the eggs with a hand mixer til light in color and foamy. Add the oil and vanilla and beat well.

Stir in the flour mixture with a spoon and continue stirring the batter til the flour disappears. Add the apples and nuts (if using) and stir to mix them into the batter.

Scrape batter into prepared pan and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Place the hot cake on a wire cake. While it's still hot, prepare the glaze.

For the glaze: Combine all the ingredients into a saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, until the mixture comes to a gentle boil. Cook for 3-5 minutes.

Spoon the hot glaze over the still hot-from-the-oven cake. Let the glazed cake cool completely before serving straight from the pan.


  1. Oh yum...this looks like a winner! Thanks so much.

  2. THANK YOU! I am the person who requested this. Laura, from Ohio by the way. This looks soooo good. I'm going to pin it and make it tonight! Can I just say that you have the most wonderful family?? I love reading yours and your daughters' blogs. :) Have a great day!

    1. Hi Laura! Let me know how the cake turned out. We love it and I bet it will really be good in the Fall with warm apple cider! Thanks for introducing yourself and I am touched by your compliment and happy that you also read Tara's and Leah's blog. We aren't perfect to be sure; just blessed!

    2. Well your family does inspire me :) I wanted to let you know that I made that cake and it was fantastic! My family finished it in one night! I am sure I will be making it again and again especially this fall! Thanks again, you post some great recipes. I also make the cornbread recipe you shared quite often. My kids love it! HAve a great day :)

  3. Yum!! That looks delicious! I love it when you post recipes, thanks for sharing!

  4. This looks SO delicious! I'll have to figure out the WW points on this... can't be too many since it's APPLE cake after all right?! haha

  5. I can attest to the fact that yes, it is delicious!

  6. Linda and EZ;

    Thanks for your comment on my blog. I know MM is not easy for any of us, patient or family. The physical and financial demands are, well, they are what they are. Still, we find ways to appreciate life. Your devotion to each other and all those kids and grandkids always makes me smile. Oh, and that glazed apple cake makes me drool with envy.

    My best,


    1. If you were closer John I'd surely bake one for you and yours!

  7. made this for the second time tonight...going to whip the rest of the pint of cream with some rum and take the cake to a party will be the sugar hit for sure........used organic granny smiths.....the rest is debatable :-)