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kentucky apple cake

(52 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Lisa Glass
Englewood, OH

When my mother passed away, a close family friend made us two fantastic cakes. This apple cake is one of them! Both my father and my boyfriend couldn't stop raving about this one and said they could eat this cake all day, every day. When I took this cake to work for a carry-in, a coworker said it was the best thing she's ever had in her mouth. I told her she's a newlywed, so she better be careful what she says ;)

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Looking for an easy fall sheet cake recipe? Then look no further than this easy dessert. We wish we could keep one of these in the oven at all times... it smells a-maz-ing! There are chunks of apple in every bite. The cake is moist and has a wonderful buttery cinnamon flavor. Walnuts give the cake a nice crunch. But that glaze ... sweet and buttery it takes the cake over the top.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(52 ratings)
prep time 40 Min
cook time 1 Hr
method Bake

Ingredients For kentucky apple cake

  • CAKE
  • 2 stick
  • 2 c
  • 2 lg
  • 2 1/2 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp
  • 2 tsp
  • 3 c
    finely chopped apples
  • 1 c
    chopped walnuts
  • 2-3 Tbsp
  • 3/4 c
  • 1/2 c
  • 1/4 c
  • 1 Tbsp
    light corn syrup
  • 1/4 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1 tsp
    real vanilla extract

How To Make kentucky apple cake

  • Margarine and sugar combined in a bowl.
    Cream margarine and sugar in a bowl.
  • Eggs added to margarine/sugar.
    Mix in eggs one at a time.
  • Flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon combined in a bowl.
    In another bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Mix dry ingredients into the butter/sugar.
  • Chopped apples, walnuts, and milk folded in.
    Fold in the chopped apples, walnuts, and milk.
  • Batter pressed into a baking dish.
    Grease and flour a 9x13 pan. Spread apple cake batter evenly in pan.
  • Apple cake baking in the oven.
    Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes to 1 hour, or until a toothpick comes out without raw batter on it.
  • Glaze ingredients in a saucepan.
    While the cake is baking, combine all the glaze ingredients except the vanilla in a medium pan. Stir and cook to a rolling boil. Remove from heat and add 1 teaspoon of vanilla.
  • Glaze poured over baked apple cake.
    Pour and spread glaze over hot cake as soon as the cake is removed from the oven.
  • Cooled apple cake ready to serve.
    Let cake cool completely before serving. The longer it sits, the better it gets!