Mom's Fresh Apple Cake

My Moms Fresh Apple Cake has been in the family for as long as I can remember. This Fall favorite cake is moist, filled with spices, toasted pecans and loaded with fresh apples.
Earlier in the week I did a review post about those delicious SweeTango Apples from Walmart. Well, in that particular post there was a photo of an apple cake that I had baked. That apple cake is my mother in laws Fresh Apple Cake.

I promised I would get the recipe posted later in the week, so a promise is a promise. We pretty much devoured all those apples, but I did manage to hide a few to bake this delicious cake.

I don't know why I haven't blogged about this cake until now. Probably because I have always enjoyed a slice at my mother in laws house. This is only the second time I have ever baked this cake myself.

When mom makes this apple cake she doesn't top it with a glaze. That was just a perk on my part. She usually places the pecan halves right on top as soon as she inverts the cake onto a serving plate. I myself loved the addition of the icing and will be adding it from here on out.

Once the cake was in the oven, the cinnamon and spice aromas lingered through the whole house. It was at that moment that I knew Fall had arrived. I'm sad to say that all the apples are gone, but we are hoping to have the chance to go apple picking at Henrietta Creek Orchard. We haven't gotten to go the last couple years because there just hasn't been any apples to pick, but I called and they said possibly in October {fingers crossed}.

Until then I will continue to buy my apples at the grocery store, so I can enjoy all my favorite apples recipes.

I'm excited to announce that my mother in laws apple cake made part of a full page feature in the November 2012 Issue of Texas Live Magazine. What a honor for me and my mother in law.

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Author: Tina Butler | Mommy's Kitchen
Mom's Fresh Apple Cake

Mom's Fresh Apple Cake

My Moms Fresh Apple Cake has been in the family for as long as I can remember. This Fall favorite cake is moist, filled with spices, toasted pecans and loaded with fresh apples. ❤
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 55 MinTotal time: 1 H & 10 M


For the cake
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 cups apples, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 2/3 cup apple juice or milk
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup pecans, halves, separated
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350-degrees; grease and flour a large Bundt pan (16 cup) . In a large bowl, toss apples with flour to coat.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine. If using nuts break the pecan halves into pieces and add to the batter {save about 10 pecan halves for garnish }.
  3. Pour the mixture into prepared pan; make sure to spread the mixture evenly. Bake 50 to 60 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean.
  4. Let cake cool in pan 15 minutes before removing to serving plate. When cake is completely cool drizzle with icing and garnish with pecan halves.
  5. To prepare icing place place powdered sugar, vanilla and milk in a bowl and mix together until smooth. If the glaze is to thick add milk one teaspoon at a time until the mixture reaches desired consistency.
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Mama had a apple cake she made every Christmas too so every time I see a fresh apple cake I think of her! Sounds & looks perfect Tina.
Caren Kristine said…
That looks really good.
Kim Bee said…
Wow this looks incredible. This would be great for Thanksgiving. Our Canadian one is earlier than the American so I need to figure out what to make by next week. Lol!
Lolly said…
I have heard about making apple cakes in canning jars and adding them to your food storage. Have you heard of this before? Would this recipe be able to be canned?
Jennifer said…
Oh my goodness - how did I ever stumble across this blog...but today is my lucky day! My aunt used to make a cake exactly like this but after looking through too may cook books, I could not find one that sounded just right. This is perfect...and I am so making this one this weekend!! Thanks:)
Wow! Apple cake, my favorite. It looks very delicious.
Maris said…
I can't wait to try this recipe! It looks wonderful! I LOVE Sweet tango Apples! I found them at Walmart as well and when I went back two days later to buy more, they were out! The produce manager said that he hopes they get another shipment in....Fingers crossed :) I may try this with Honeycrisp which are yummy apples as well! Thanks!
Hunter's Mama said…
I made this with half oil/applesauce. It tasted good. I just couldn't get it out of the bundt pan very well!!
Tina Butler said…
It sounds like it is your baking pan. You need to make sure to grease and flour the bundt pan making sure to get every crack. If it is a newer pan it can take a bit to break it in. Mine is about 15 years old so things slide out nicely.
Carrie J. said…
Thank you for posting such a delicious treat! My daughter saw this in my Inbox and requested it for her birthday today. The house is filled with a yummy and comforting aroma that gently says "FALL IS HERE". Great recipe!
Anonymous said…
Just made this! DELICIOUS! :)
T.Zimmerman said…
All i can say is ,Thank you for posting this recipe...I loved the cake ,yes the batter was thick but the cake wasn't dry at all...This recipe is really easy to make changes and it still turned out GREAT.....
Karen Hensley said…
Try using a caramel glaze next time. It is awesome.
Unknown said…
A friend reposted this on Facebook today and I had to make it. YUMMY!!!
Anonymous said…
Does it matter what kind of apples you use?? Thanks this sounds awesome!! TIA
Tina Butler said…
Here is a link to an apple chart. It will tell you the best apples used for cooking and baking. I prefer to use golden delicious, that is my own preference.
Unknown said…
I tried this yesterday and took it to work. Wow, what a hit. It was so so good everyone loved it. I am making another one today for my family. Thank you !
Anonymous said…
Is the cake very moist ??? Because i will love to make it for my friends thanks
Anonymous said…
I used apple cider because that's what I had. We'll see how it goes but the batter tastes fabulous!
Tina Butler said…
I think it would be fine with apple juice or apple cider.
Unknown said…
I found this on pinterest 3 yrs ago. I make it 2 or 3 times a year and everyone always asks for the recipe! It's the best apple cake around!!!
Tina Butler said…
Thank you so much Tamela, I love it too. :)
gburcalow said…
Our grand daughter can;t have gluten or dairy. I am wondering if I could substitute 1-to-1 gluten free all purpose flour? I'm also curious about trying apple cider instead of the milk or apple juice. I think cider has a much richer flavor and more body than juice. I suppose I could always use coconut milk.