Chunky Apple Cake
Total TimePrep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 2 cups sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 6 cups chopped peeled tart apples
- BUTTERSCOTCH SAUCE:
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup butter, cubed
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- In a large bowl, cream the butter, sugar and vanilla. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well (batter will be stiff). Stir in apples until well combined.
- Spread into a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until top is lightly browned and springs back when lightly touched. Cool for 30 minutes before serving.
- Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine brown sugar and butter. Cook over medium heat until butter is melted. Gradually add cream. Bring to a slow boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat. Serve with cake.
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Nutrition Facts1 piece with 1 tablespoon sauce: 339 calories, 13g fat (8g saturated fat), 58mg cholesterol, 209mg sodium, 54g carbohydrate (39g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein.
Jun 26, 2020
Yum! I also followed a couple of the suggestions for the sugar and used 1 cup white, 1/2 cup brown and it was perfectly sweet. I chopped the apples (galas because thats what I had) and liked that they didnt turn into a mushy mess-they have a nice texture. I know the sauce isn't "necessary" but it sure is delicious! Honestly the cake was moist and yummy without it, but the sauce added a nice layer of flavor. Next time I will toss in some raisins and see how that goes. Thanks for a great recipe! This is going into the "family-fave-make-regularly" list!
May 21, 2020
I use to make this all the time, my ex-mother-in-law taught it to me... but she always sliced (not diced) her apples and never used any topping other than an occasional sprinkling of powdered sugar. It was one of the few cakes that my step-dad (a type 2 diabetic) could eat once in a while. I've made this both ways and it's awesome either way but I think I lean more towards the no icing and sliced apples.
Mar 27, 2020
Delicious, this is my go to apple cake, everyone loves it,,with the sauce,,
Nov 3, 2019
Made this for my husband's collector club. I didn't have the spices individually so I used apple pie spice. It worked well. I didn't have time to make the butterscotch sauce, but the cake itself was sweet enough. One of my husband's friends went back for seconds.
Oct 31, 2019
Epic failure. Don't know what we did wrong but it wasn't cake at all...more like apple crisp that wasn't crisp. sickening sweet
Oct 25, 2019
Love it! Perfect for the Fall!
Oct 21, 2019
I just made this recipe, I was a bit hesitant when I read Scott’s review, but I decided to try it. I had to cut it in half because there’s just two of us and it turned out moist and tasty! I did reduce my bake time to 35min because I prepared a 9X9 pan. The dough is stiff as it mentions, I didn’t have beaters, so I used a wooden spoon for stirring, turned out good with a little more effort. ??
Oct 4, 2019
Scott-- What on earth did you do? I have made this cake AT LEAST 30 times since it was first published in 2006. It was delicious every single time. The batter is full of apples so the first time I made it I wasn't sure there would be enough batter to hold it together but there was! I am often asked to bring this cake to parties, get-togethers, school events, etc. I'm printing out a new copy of the recipe b/c mine is so smudged up from using so many times.
Oct 2, 2019
This was a huge disappointment. It does smell good so I am hoping that serving it hot with a scoop of ice cream may make it edible so it doesn't have to be dumped in the garbage, I don't have extra in food budget to be throwing away food. The stiffness of the "batter?" IS a cause for concern. I am going to try to save this mess and will never make it again.
Sep 30, 2019
Absolutely delicious! I also used 1 cup of White sugar and 1 cup of Brown sugar. Added 1/4 tsp more of cinnamon. Doubled the Butterscotch sauce and cooked for 20 minutes or so for thicker consistency. I served it warm with the sauce and a scoop of French Vanilla Ice Cream. My son and his wife took half the cake home for their family and will be bringing me more apples to make this again.