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fresh apple butter cake

★★★★★ 2
a recipe by
Angela (Grammy) Derby
Charlotte, NC

I can honestly say this is one of the most delicious cakes I've ever eaten. The recipe was given to me by an aunt many years ago, and I've never changed one thing about it. Simply divine!

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This fresh apple butter cake is melt in your mouth tender with the perfect balance of sugar and spices. The outside has a little bit of a sugary crust. Inside, it's moist and full of apples in every bite. This is a very dense cake that's not overly sweet. Powdered sugar sprinkled on top does add a hint of sweetness. We did add pecans and love the crunch and nutty flavor they added. Angela is right, this is the perfect apple cake recipe.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 2
serves 8-10
prep time 20 Min
cook time 1 Hr 30 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For fresh apple butter cake

  • 3 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1 tsp
    ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp
    ground cloves
  • 1 c
    butter, softened
  • 2 c
    granulated sugar
  • 3
  • 1/4 c
    vegetable oil
  • 3 c
    apples, peeled and chopped
  • 1 c
    nuts, chopped

How To Make fresh apple butter cake

Test Kitchen Tips
Every oven is different, but we checked the cake in an hour and it was perfectly cooked.
  • A greased tube pan.
    Preheat oven to 325 F. Grease a 10" tube pan, 2 loaf pans or a 13x9" cake pan.
  • Dry ingredients sifted in a bowl.
    Sift flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and cloves into a bowl; set aside.
  • Eggs and oil added to creamed butter and sugar.
    Cream together butter and sugar; add eggs and oil. Mix well.
  • Slowly adding dry ingredients.
    Add dry ingredients; stir until blended.
  • Folding in apples and nuts.
    Stir in chopped apples. Add nuts (if desired).
  • Mixing the batter.
    Stir until completely blended.
  • Batter poured into the pan.
    Pour batter into the greased pan.
  • Baking the cake in the oven.
    Bake 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. (Check it after the 1 hour time, mine is always just about done then.)
  • Cake cooling.
    Cool cake.
  • Dusting the cake with confectioners' sugar.
    When cooled, sprinkle with confectioners' sugar, if you like. It's just as good without any topping at all.