Mom’s Fresh Apple Love Letter Cake

Barbara Mayo


I am 55 years old,my mom has been gone for 3 years. Ever since I can remember every Thanksgiving, Christmas and family reunion my mom baked her fresh apple cake in a big old bundt pan. I have to say growuing up this was not my favorite Anyone who ever tasted it wanted the recipe but mom would not give it out. I have all her cookbooks in them she wrote her special recipes down that she did not share with anyone. One day about 6 months after her death I started reading her cookbooks. I found all of her secret recipes and a love letter my dad had written while they dating! What an inheritance

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8-10 bundt pan 18-24 mini bundt muffin pan


20 Min


55 Min



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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
Watch out, friends and family... I'll be making this recipe a LOT! It's so very moist and flavorful. Love.



1 1/2 c
vegetable oil
2 c
2 large
1 tsp
pure vanilla
2 1/2 c
all purpose flour
1 tsp
1 tsp
baking soda
2 c
chopped pecans
5 c
chopped red apples
1/3 c
tennessee whiskey i use black jack( can be omitted)


1 stick
unsalted butter
1 c
firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp
3/4 c
evaporated milk
1 tsp
pure vanilla

Directions Step-By-Step

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In medium bowl peel 5 red apples, quarter and then cut out core. Slice each quarter in 2 half then rough chop each apple pour whiskey over apples set aside
In mixing bowl with beaters add oil and sugar mix well. Then add one egg at a time beating after each egg until mixed well. Mix dry ingredients together in medium bowl and add 1/3 of dry ingredients to mixing bowl on low speed until all dry ingredients are incorporated. Remove mixing bowl add vanilla, apples and pecans mix by hand until all ingredients are incorporated.
Oil and flour 1 large bundt pan or 1 mini bundt pan (makes 18 to 24 mini bundts
using mini bundt pan spoon ½ cup cake mixture into each mini bundt and bake for 10-14 minutes or until cake is golden brown place on cooling rack for 10-15 minutes
If using bundt pan pour cake mixture into bundt and place on center rack in oven and bake for 20- 30 minutes or until cake is golden brown remove from oven and place on cooling rack for 20 minutes.
While cakes are cooling make sauce or glaze.In a medium iron skillet place butter and brown sugar on medium heat. Let butter melt and sugar dissolve then stir with wooden spoon until incorporated about 6-8 minutes remove from stove top and add evaropeated milk and stir to incorporate place back on stove top and cook 2 –4 minutes remove from stove top add vanilla stir and let cool at least 15 minutes then you may glaze the cakes or cake.
Then unmold onto cakec/cake plate and pour icing over entire cake or cakes. Let set at room temperature for 1 hour before you cut I know it will be tempting but wait.Then enjoy with a really cold glass of milk and an old love letter from your parents if you are lucky!!

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: American
Collections: Fall Food, Holiday Baking
Hashtags: #apple, #pecan, #whiskey