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depression apple spice cake

(2 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Wendilyn Leiby
Spofford, NH

I was making supper for my parents one night because they were cashing in a dinner coupon I had given them so long ago. I needed a recipe that would go with coffee. I got on the computer and found a War Cake recipe, but I didn't have all the ingredients. So I substituted a little of this for a little of that, and, voila, a new recipe was born. My parents loved it. My mom has tried to make it but did not use the same ingredients as I did. It didn't taste as good, she said.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

An old-fashioned apple spice cake recipe with a few modern-day twists. The cake has the texture of a blondie filled with fall spices and a layer of apples on top. It's easy to make and easy on your wallet. Moist and delicious, we thought it was best served warm.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(2 ratings)
yield 8 people
prep time 15 Min
cook time 40 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For depression apple spice cake

  • 1 c
    granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1 tsp
    pumpkin spice instant dry pudding (or allspice)
  • 1 c
    warm water
  • 1/2 c
    virgin coconut oil (or Crisco, softened)
  • 1 3/4 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp
    baking soda
  • 3 md
    McIntosh apples, cored, peeled, and sliced

How To Make depression apple spice cake

Test Kitchen Tips
We used a 7x11 baking dish when testing. The cake is thinner but will work if you don't have the specified baking dish.
  • Peel, core, and slice apples.
    Peel, core, and slice apples to the size you would put in a pie and set aside.
  • Put all dry ingredients in a medium bowl.
    Put all dry ingredients in a medium bowl.
  • Add softened coconut oil and warm water.
    Then add softened coconut oil (not melted) and warm water. Mix by hand vigorously until blended. It will still be a little bit lumpy.
  • Fold in apples.
    Then add apples and fold in.
  • Pour into a baking dish.
    Pour into an oiled and floured 9x9 or 8X8 glass baking dish.
  • Baked Depression Apple Spice Cake cooling.
    Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for about 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool for about 15 minutes (or longer if you can but cut when still warm). Add Cool Whip on top and enjoy.