Old-Fashioned Apple Cake

September 29, 2016
Loaded with fresh apples, iced with boiled caramel topping, and studded with crunchy pecans, Old-Fashioned Apple Cake is one stunningly delicious apple dessert.  But hey, if it happens to grace your breakfast plate too, rest assured we won't judge.

Old-Fashioned Apple Cake Image ~ Loaded with fresh apples, iced with boiled caramel topping, & studded with crunchy pecans, this is one stunningly delicious apple dessert.

Oh, it's apple season!

I just love to cook and bake with apples, and I know so many of you do, too.  From sweet to savory, breakfast to dessert, apples are so versatile and lend themselves beautifully to so many dishes.  It's no wonder they're one of our favorites to cook with and enjoy.

Which is exactly why 10 other blogger friends and I teamed up today for an "Apple Challenge" to each bring you a scrumptious apple recipe.  Be sure to see the list of all 11 "Apple Challenge" recipes at the end of this post and click around to visit the other bloggers' recipes.  There's so much deliciousness to see!

Loaded with fresh apples, iced with boiled caramel topping, and studded with crunchy pecans, Old-Fashioned Apple Cake is one stunningly delicious apple dessert.

For my "Apple Challenge" recipe, I decided to go the baking route since I love to bake so much.  And also because apples are just so darn tasty in baked goods.

I turned to my family cookbook for inspiration, and decided our family-favorite Old-Fashioned Apple Cake would be the perfect thing to make and share.

Old-Fashioned Apple Cake with Boiled Caramel Topping Image

This cake is loaded with fresh chopped apples and pecans, and then iced with a simple boiled caramel topping ...

Pouring Icing on Old-Fashioned Apple Cake Image

After pouring on the topping, a little sprinkling of chopped pecans adds just the perfect finishing touch to this stunningly delicious cake.

Old-Fashioned Apple Cake with Pecans Image

Now with this Old-Fashioned Apple Cake, it's one of those cakes that gets more flavorful and moist as it sits.  

So if  it seems drier than you'd like if you cut into it shortly after it comes out of the oven, never fear.  As it sits, it seems the natural moistness and flavor of the fresh apples infuse into the cake somehow.  And it just gets better with time.

Now with this Old-Fashioned Apple Cake, it's one of those cakes that gets more flavorful and moist as it sits.

I recommend making the cake the day before you plan to serve it, if possible, for increased apple flavor and a more moist, tender cake.

Go grab those fresh Fall apples and whip up this delicious dessert.  

And hey, if your house is anything like ours, Old-Fashioned Apple Cake may just grace your breakfast plates, too.  Rest assured, we won't judge.

Slice of Old-Fashioned Apple Cake Image
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Yield: about 12-16 servings

Old-Fashioned Apple Cake

Loaded with fresh apples, iced with boiled caramel topping, and studded with crunchy pecans, Old-Fashioned Apple Cake is one stunningly delicious apple dessert. But hey, if it happens to grace your breakfast plate too, rest assured we won't judge.
prep time: 45 Mcook time: 50 Mtotal time: 95 M


For the apples:
  • 3 c. peeled & chopped fresh apples
  • 2 T. granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
For the cake:
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 c. canola oil
  • 3/4 c. unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 c. granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 c. chopped pecans
For the topping:
  • 1/2 c. (1 stick) butter
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 1/4 c. evaporated milk
  • pinch salt
  • 1/4 to 1/3 c. chopped pecans


How to cook Old-Fashioned Apple Cake

For the apples:
  1. Combine chopped apples, 2 tablespoons sugar, and cinnamon in a bowl; toss to coat apples. 
  2. Set aside.
For the cake:
  1. Beat eggs, 2 cups sugar, canola oil, and applesauce together with an electric mixer at medium speed. Add vanilla extract.
  2. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Add dry ingredients to egg mixture. Beat on low speed until just combined. 
  3. Gently fold in chopped apples and pecans.
  4. Pour batter into a greased 9x13-inch pan. 
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in the center come out clean.
For the topping:
  1. Combine butter, brown sugar, evaporated milk, and pinch of salt in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a rolling boil, stirring frequently. 
  2. Once boiling, cook for 3 minutes, stirring constantly.
  3. Pour the hot topping evenly over the top of the cake while the cake is still warm. 
  4. Sprinkle with 1/4 to 1/3 cup chopped pecans.
  5. Allow cake to cool before serving.
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Check out all the other delicious APPLE recipes below from bloggers who took part in our Apple Challenge.


  1. Oh man that caramel topping sounds amazing paired with this cake!

  2. Apples, caramel and pecans. My 3 favorite combinations and this is a winner of a dessert.

  3. I can certainly eat this for breakfast!!! Yum all over!

    1. My husband is happy to have you in his cake-for-breakfast corner!!

  4. This looks awesome! I would love a slice with my afternoon coffee. And, it just is so autumn! Love it!

  5. What a perfect combo. I copuld eat this every day!

  6. Love the delicious topping with the added pecans. This is a winner of an apple dessert!!

  7. The caramel topping is what sold me on this dessert! Looks so delicious!

  8. Holy deliciousness! That caramel topping would have me licking my plate clean! Yum!

  9. Love that this cake can be made ahead and the flavor develops even more! Definitely, a must-try this fall! Yum!

  10. This looks like such a wonderful cake! Can't get over that caramel topping. YUM!

  11. Fabulous! One of my favorite things about fall is all that amazing apple recipes. Now I have one more to add to my collection. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Weekend Potluck.

  12. This lovely recipe is getting lots of attention around the net huh? ;-) Awesome! It grabbed our attention at Weekend Potluck and is one of our features this week. So happy you shared with us. Keep 'em coming - please! And have a great weekend.

  13. I can't wait to try this cake! It looks delicious.

  14. Looks delicious! Thanks for linkin' up with What's Cookin' Wednesday!

  15. Thanks so much for sharing this delicious Old Fashioned Apple Cake with us. Hope you will come back to see us at Full Plate Thursday real soon and have a great week!
    Miz Helen

  16. This cake looks amazing, and the brown sugar icing is my favorite. My mom always made this and I got my fingers smacked everytime for stealing the icing. So Worth it lol.

  17. Congratulations!
    Your awesome post is featured on our Top Ten Features for Full Plate Thursday,504 this week! Thanks so much for sharing with us and hope to see you again soon!
    Miz Helen

  18. This is such a wonderful recipe - thank you for sharing it; was well worth waiting for Autumn to make!! Your Apple blogging challenge sounds great fun too :-)

  19. These autumn flavours sound amazing in this lovely cake - thanks for sharing the recipe; I've got so many apples just now, I'm looking forward to baking a a treat this weekend. Your apple blogging challenge sounds great fun too!
    Emma :-)


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