Easy Apple Cake

Easy Apple Cake in a 9 x 13 pan

This delicious and easy apple cake recipe is made with fresh apples in a 9 x 13 inch pan. This delightful apple cake is wonderful any time of the year. This apple cake isn’t overly sweet and is light enough to be paired with a nice cup of coffee or tea. It is also the perfect cake for fall or winter months. This cake isn’t overly rich but it is still extremely delicious. It’s full of old fashioned comfort. It makes for a great dessert after a hearty meal, to eat with a hot cup of tea or coffee, or for a snack.

Another great thing about this apple cake recipe is that it doesn’t need any frosting. It isn’t an overly complicated recipe and is pretty simple to throw together. This recipe is also a great way to use up any extra apples you have on hand before they go bad. This cake is also very moist, packed with delicious apples, and is even more amazing when served warm. I love to make this easy apple cake but I have to admit, it never lasts long at my house! It’s always gone by the next day.

If you want an even healthier version of this recipe, I also have this wonderful whole wheat apple cake recipe.

What ingredients are needed for this recipe?

This recipe is very simple. To make this recipe, you’ll need:

  • All purpose flour
  • White sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Baking soda
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla extract
  • Chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)
  • Apples
  • Vegetable oil

What kind of apples should I use in this recipe?

For this recipe you’ll want to use red apples. I’ve used a variety of red apples and any kind will do. I usually prefer to use gala or red delicious apples. You can also use golden apples in this recipe but because this isn’t a very sweet cake, I wouldn’t recommend using green apples.

What kind of pan is needed for this recipe?

For this recipe you’ll need a 9” x 13” pan.

Tips for making this apple cake

  • Choose medium sized red apples (you may need to add an extra apple or two if using smaller apples).
  • Be sure to peel your apples or they’ll have an unpleasant texture in the cake.
  • Bake until completely golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean from the middle.
  • Use a spatula to gently pat the batter into the 9 x 13 inch dish so the cake will bake evenly.
  • Mix the dry ingredients before adding the wet ingredients (this will prevent anyone from having a big bite of unmixed baking soda).
  • Try adding a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream on top when serving.

How to make this apple cake

This is a simple recipe and there’s no fancy techniques needed to bake this apple cake. Really, the hardest part is peeling and chopping the apples. You’ll want your apples to be about 1/2 inch or so. To make this apple cake first, gather and measure out your ingredients. You will need:

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3 eggs beaten
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)
  • 3 medium apples peeled and chopped into small pieces (about half an inch or so)
  • 1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
  • 3 tbsp water

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9 x 13 inch pan. Combine the dry ingredients and then mix well with a large spoon. Next, add eggs, oil, vanilla, and water. Mix well with a hand mixer then add the apples in. Stir in nuts, if desired. Use a spatula to evenly distribute the batter into the 9 x 13 inch pan. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes at 350 degrees or until a toothpick comes out clean from the middle. The cake should be golden brown.

Easy Apple Cake in a 9 x 13 pan
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Easy Apple Cake Recipe

This apple cake isn't overly sweet but it's still a delicious fall recipe.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword apple cake recipe made in a 9 x 13 pan
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 people
Author Two Pink Peonies
Cost $8

Equipment

  • 9 x 13 pan

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3 eggs beaten
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)
  • 3 medium apples peeled and chopped into small pieces
  • 1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
  • 3 tbsp water

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9 x 13 inch pan.
  • Combine the dry ingredients and then mix well with a large spoon.
  • Next, add eggs, oil, vanilla, and water. Mix well with a hand mixer then add the apples in.
  • Stir in nuts, if desired.
  • Use a spatula to evenly distribute the batter into the 9 x 13 inch pan.
  • Bake for 40 to 45 minutes at 350 degrees or until a toothpick comes out clean from the middle.

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