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Fresh Apple Cake

A quick and easy homemade Fresh Apple Cake that’s moist, sweet, and delicious! Top it with whipped cream or homemade frosting.

Fresh apple cake is one of our favorite cake recipes to make each Fall. Not only is it easy, but it’s full of all our favorite warm Fall flavors. We love to make it along with our Pumpkin Roll, Pumpkin Cake, and Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls.

An up-close view of the cake on a plate.

Fresh Apple Cake Recipe:

This recipe for apple cake has been in my family as long as I can remember. My grandmother used to pick little green apples off the tree in her backyard and use them to make this cake from scratch. She’d even make extra and freeze it for when family came to visit over the holidays.

This cake is very easy to make. It’s sweet, perfectly spiced, and has just the right amount of fresh, raw apple pieces. The batter is quite thick, so it’s not like making a traditional cake. You’ll want to grab a sturdy spoon for this recipe.

How to Make Fresh Apple Cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF, and grease a 9×13-inch cake pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the granulated sugar, oil, and eggs.
  3. Next, use a sturdy spoon to mix in the all-purpose flour, vanilla, baking soda, salt, and ground cinnamon.
  4. Fold in the peeled and diced apples.
  5. Transfer the batter to the prepared baking dish, and bake for 45 to 50 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Allow the cake to cool for 30 minutes before cutting and serving.
Collage showing how to make fresh apple cake.

Recipe Tips:

  • The batter will be extremely thick. One time, Kim actually broke a rubber spatula trying to stir it. So, I definitely recommend a heavy duty wooden spoon.
  • I do NOT recommend using apple pie filling for this recipe. It will add too much moisture to the batter and create a gummy cake.
  • Honestly, the cake is sweet enough to enjoy without any sort of frosting. However, if you feel inclined to create one, consider a using a maple whipped cream or a homemade caramel sauce. It’s a Fall flavor that works perfectly with apples.
  • Use your favorite sturdy, raw apple. Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Jonathan, or Braeburn are some great options. Peel, core and dice the apples before beginning.
A close-up view of the baked cake in the pan.

How to Store Apple Cake:

Room Temperature: Fresh apple cake stores well at room temperature for about 3 days.

Refrigerator: This cake will stay fresh in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 4-5 days.

Freezer: Apple cake freezes nicely. Wrap it tightly in a layer of plastic wrap covered by another layer of aluminum foil. The cake will stay fresh in the freezer for about 2 months.

Thawing and Reheating: Place the frozen cake in the refrigerator overnight to thaw. To reheat, place a slice of cake in the microwave for a few seconds until warm and soft.

A slice of fresh apple cake on a plate.

Fresh Apple Cake

4.5 from 124 votes
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings: 15 Servings

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  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 ¼ cups canola oil or vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups apples peeled, cored, and diced into small pieces


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F, and grease a 9 x 13-inch cake pan.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, oil, and eggs. 
    2 cups granulated sugar
    1 ¼ cups canola oil
    2 large eggs
  • Add the flour, vanilla, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Use a sturdy spoon or spatula to stir. The batter will be very thick like a paste. 
    3 cups all-purpose flour
    2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1 teaspoon kosher salt
    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Fold in the apples, and press the batter into the prepared cake pan. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
    3 cups apples
  • Allow the cake to cool until just barely warm. Serve with plain or with vanilla ice cream.
  • See post for tips and storage options.


*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 1 piece of cake. Actual calories will vary.
*For more information, tips, and answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the post.


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 382kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 237mg | Potassium: 64mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 46IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg
Recipe Rating


Wednesday 23rd of November 2022

Can you use a 9” spring form pan?


Wednesday 23rd of November 2022

Hi Pat!

We haven't tried this cake in a springform pan. As far as the batter fitting, it will be very full and I'm not sure if it will bake thoroughly. If you decide to try it, I'd recommend lining the inside of the ring and bottom with parchment paper and/or greasing it well to make sure the cake doesn't stick.


Sunday 6th of November 2022

I made this Apple Cake yesterday for my church family. They, and I absolutely loved it. It was the only dessert out of 10 that was all gone. Wonderful recipe!


Monday 7th of November 2022

We're so happy everyone loved the cake, Iris! That's wonderful to hear. We hope you have a lovely week. :)

Anita Archuleta

Tuesday 11th of October 2022

I made this cake for our Wednesday night family meal. Everyone loved it. I also shared with friends and was sent this message! “Omg that is the best cake we have ever eaten!! I love apple so knew it would if you made it it would be delicious.” Thanks so much for sharing. I’m making it to send to the community church dinner, too!


Wednesday 12th of October 2022

We're happy everyone loved the cake! It's one of our favorites, too, and has been in my family for well over 40 years. Thank you so much for coming back to comment. Have a wonderful day! :)


Friday 7th of October 2022

I live at 4,295 in Elevation and I was wondering if I needed to tweek this recipe a little? Extra Flour? etc.

Thank you, Sue


Friday 7th of October 2022

Hi Sue!

We haven't baked this recipe at an elevation higher than approximately 1,500 feet, so I'm not sure. The batter is quite thick, so I'm not sure how the extra flour might change the way it bakes up. I'm approving the message in case another reader has tried adding extra flour and lives at a higher elevation. Maybe someone will chime in. :)


Sunday 25th of September 2022

I am making this for the first time and just put it in the oven, so don't want to rate it until I see and taste the final product. But I do have to say, in all my years of baking I have never encountered such a stiff cake batter. Its more like cookie dough. I know the instructions say it will be stiff, but it was so stiff I couldn't get everything mixed thoroughly using a spoon- I had to use my hands. Eagerly awaiting taking it out of the oven to see how it turns out.