The warm, creamy brown sugar topping is just icing on this easy apple cake.
- Makes: 20 servings
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 30-45 minutes
- Difficulty Rating: Easy
- Nutrition Highlights: Apples contain cholesterol-lowering soluble fiber and are rich in quercetin, an antioxidant to fight Alzheimer’s disease and certain cancers.
- Recipe Created By: Charlyn Fargo
- Recipe From: Illinois Partners
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups sugar
- ¾ cup canola oil
- 3 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 medium baking apples, peeled and chopped
- 1 cup walnuts or pecans, finely chopped
Brown Sugar Icing:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 13-by-9-inch baking pan with oil or grease lightly.
- In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking soda and salt. In a large bowl, mix sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth.
- Stir wet ingredients into flour mixture, mixing just enough to combine. Batter will be very thick. Fold in apples and nuts. Spread into prepared pan.
- Bake for 30 to 45 minutes. Remove and cool for 15 minutes.
- For icing, in a medium saucepan, melt butter or margarine. Do not brown butter. Stir in brown sugar and milk. Turn up heat to medium high and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir occasionally.
- Pierce warm or cooled cake with a fork. Drizzle hot topping all over the cake. Garnish with chopped walnuts or pecans.
Tips & Notes
Red Rome apples are one of the best apples for baking, but you can also make this cake with Braeburn, Golden Delicious, Jonathan or a number of others.