Apple Dapple Cake is loaded with diced apples and topped with a buttery, brown sugar icing. It's moist, nutty and simply heavenly!!!Jump to Recipe
One might say that baking with apples is for the season of fall. Well, if baking with apples year-round is wrong, I sure as heck don't wanna be right!! 😉
But seriously, this classic Apple Dapple Cake is AMAZING. It's got just the right amount of moistness, making it more dense than fluffy, but still tender and delicate. The addition of cinnamon and vanilla gives it a little warmth and depth of flavor without being overpowering.
I found this vintage recipe in an old church cookbook my mother-in-law let me borrow. The page was partially folded and it had a big asterisks with "very good!" written next to it. I'd say "very good" puts it mildly, but I suppose you'll have to decide for yourself! 🙂
What is an Apple Dapple Cake??
It's an easy apple cake with a caramel glaze spread on top and apples and nuts "dappled" throughout the cake. Some say it's a cake that originated in the south while others say it comes from the Amish or Jewish heritage. Though sometimes it's baked in a bundt pan or tube pan, it really doesn't matter what shape and size because either way, it's full of apple flavor and SO yummy!
Apple Dapple Cake Ingredients
- Apples - A few of my favorite options are granny smith apples, Pink Lady, Jonagold and Braeburn apples (however, use what you've got on hand!)
- Nuts - Walnuts or pecans are my go-to nuts to use in this delicious cake
- Large Eggs
- Vegetable Oil
- Vanilla Extract
- All Purpose Flour
- Baking Soda
- Cinnamon - You can use apple pie spice in place of the cinnamon if you'd like
- Icing Ingredients - Butter (I prefer salted over unsalted butter), brown sugar (dark or light brown sugar works great), powdered sugar, milk (or heavy cream) and vanilla
How to Make Apple Dapple Cake
First, you're going to stir together the apples, walnuts and sugar in a large mixing bowl or in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. The sugar will help bring the moisture out of the apples, so once the sits for 30 minutes, you'll be able to see that the sugar will be mostly dissolved and there will be some liquid in the bowl.
The rest of the cake is made in a pretty traditional way. You'll add the remaining wet ingredients (oil, eggs and vanilla) and then the dry ingredients. It'll be a fairly thick cake batter, which you'll pour into a greased 9x13" pan.
Now it's time to bake!! The cake will bake for 40-50 minutes. The cooking time will depend on your oven and the type of pan you're using (metal pans tend to heat more quickly).
To test if the cake is done, you'll poke a toothpick in the very center of the cake. If the toothpick comes out with gooey batter on it, it needs more time. If it's got some moist crumbs on it or is clean, it's done. Let the cake cool just a bit while you make the icing.
You'll combine the butter (I always use salted butter), brown sugar and milk in a small saucepan and heat until the brown sugar has dissolved. Then you'll stir in the powdered sugar and vanilla. Simple, huh?! Pour the brown sugar glaze on top of the cake, spread to the edge of the cake, and that's it!!
How to Store Apple Dapple Cake
This cake has quite a bit of moisture in it, so if you're not serving it in within the next 24-48 hours, I recommend keeping it refrigerated (for up to 5 days). You can keep it in the baking pan with a lid or plastic wrap/aluminum foil or transfer leftover pieces to an airtight container. You can also freeze this cake for up to 3 months!
How to Serve This Easy Apple Cake
I like the apple dapple cake best served warm or at room temperature. Therefore, if you have it refrigerated, be sure to take it out about an hour before serving. I typically serve this cake as-is (it really doesn't need anything!) but you can add a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a special treat!
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