Saturday, October 19, 2013

Perfect Apple Pound Cake

I love apples, and I LOVE apple cake...homemade apple cake, that is:-)

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I found a recipe in a local cookbook years ago, but have adapted it and perfected it over the years. The original recipe didn't have enough batter for the 8-10 apples called for, so I changed that as well as a few other ingredients.

Perfect Apple Pound Cake

3 cups All-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 cup applesauce or stewed apples
5 eggs
1/4 cup orange juice or mixed fruit juice (apple/grape/cranberry)
3 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 Tbs. baking powder
5 Tbs. sugar
2 Tbs. cinnamon
6-7 medium apples peeled and sliced (I use golden delicious)

In large bowl combine all ingredients except last three. In a small bowl, combine the 5 Tbs. sugar and 2 Tbs. cinnamon. 

Pour 1/3 batter into a greased (I use butter)  Bundt pan.
Layer half the apples, and sprinkle with half the cinnamon sugar mixture
Repeat, ending with batter on top.
Bake at 350 for 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours, depending on your oven.
Cool before turning out onto
a cake plate.

This is the best cake -- moist and firm. The layered apples really make it luscious, and it's not too dry, too wet or too sweet as so many apple cakes are. 

**You can also add a brown sugar glaze, which just takes it up a couple notches in the amazing category.

1 cup lightly packed brown sugar
1/2 stick butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons evaporated milk or cream

Stir all ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring often, until sugar dissolves and mixture comes to a gentle boil. Reduce heat to medium; whisk until glaze is smooth, about 1 minute. Remove from heat. Wait for glaze to cool to thickened state and pour over cake. Cool cake 30 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

It was really hard to get photos of it because I didn't think it would make it through the night! We all love it that much, and it's different from any of the other apple cake recipes I have seen out there. 

I have tried and tested this recipe over ten years and trust me, it's a good thing:-)


  1. It doesn't have any butter or oil?? (Just want to make sure.)

    1. No, I replaced oil with applesauce, which I do even in brownies...

    2. Thank you! I love your beautiful Blog! I live in a 113-year old log cabin on Flathead Lake. Quite an adventure. Rather than decorating with the expected cabin decor, I have feminized it where I could with bangled lamps and pretty old fabrics. Your blog is an inspiration.

  2. I too love evrything with apples and this cake looks amazing! Thanks for the r├ęcipe sweet lady. Happy Sunday.

  3. Oh...and yes, I'm sure it's fabulous even though you're "not an expert as Martha is,lol!" I just made a bread pudding with caramel sauce like no other from a friend's post and it was a hit...I'm sure she wasn't an experst either...hehehehe
    Thank you so much, again my friend. Have a lovely Sunday.

  4. Looks amazing Anita! I loved that you used apple sauce in this too. I bet it's chuck full of flavor. Thank you for taking the time to make the recipe perfect!

  5. The apple cake looks so delish, love the way the slivers of apple look so amazing...thanks for sharing this with us, I think I will have my piece now ...ok serve it up...

  6. That looks really good. Will have to add it to my to make recipe list. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Mmmmm, that sounds divine!

  8. Oh, this looks sooooooooooooooooo good. Thanks for the recipe and Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  9. What a beautiful cake and pictures! YUMMY! Please share this at TUTORIALS TIPS AND TIDBITS... going live tonight at 8:00.

  10. Oh gees, that makes me totally look forward to Thanksgiving. I can't wait.

  11. Oh gees, I'm totally looking forward to thanksgiving now. Delish!

  12. Hi Anita. I love baking and just made Southern Lady apple pound cake from last September.I shared and going to bake your cake. Truly yours belongs on their cover. Thank you for being an inspiration and encouragement to me everyday. Blessings for a good and wonderful Fall and school year for your family.