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Apple Dapple Cake

Apple Dapple Cake is loaded with diced apples and topped with a buttery, brown sugar icing. It's moist, nutty and simply heavenly!!!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 55 mins
Rest Time (apples) 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 20



  • 4 cups peeled and diced apples
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  • ¼ cup salted butter
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


For the Cake

  • In a large bowl, stir together the peeled and diced apples, walnuts and the sugar; let sit for 30 minutes (this will bring some of the natural juices out of the apples).
  • Preheat oven to 350°F and grease a 9x13" pan; set aside.
  • Pour in the vegetable oil, eggs and vanilla; stir well.
  • Add the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; stir to combine.
  • Pour the cake batter into prepared pan and bake for 45-55 minutes, or until a toothpick poked into the center of the cake comes out clean (or with a few moist crumbs).

For the Icing

  • In a saucepan, combine the butter, brown sugar and milk.
  • Place on the stove-top on medium heat and cook until the brown sugar is dissolved.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the powdered sugar and vanilla.
  • Pour the warm icing over the cake (cake doesn't need to be completely cooled).
  • Cut into squares and enjoy!
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