Apple Pie Cake

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1/2 cup margarine or butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups peeled, cored, and chopped apples
1/2 cup chopped pecans


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Thoroughly grease a 9-inch pie pan.

In a large saucepan, melt the margarine. Or melt the margarine by heating it in a large microwave-safe mixing bowl in the microwave for 30 seconds on high. Remove from the heat and blend in the sugar and egg. Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, and spices; add to the mixture and beat until smooth. Stir in the vanilla, apples, and pecans. Spread into the pie pan.

Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until a tester inserted near the center comes out clean. Serve warm, directly out of the pan.


6 to 8 servings

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Apple Pie Cake

Super yummy cake! Shared the cake with friends and it was a hit! I used salted butter and gala apples and followed the recipe as written.

Recipe question re. butter

Does it matter if one uses salted or unsalted butter in the recipe? If I use salted butter, do I delete the half teaspoon of salt that is mentioned in the directions? Thx.

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Hi, Carol. You can use either salted or unsalted butter. You do not have to omit the salt if you use salted butter. If it was a higher amount of salt we woud recommend that, but not here. Enjoy!

Love it!

Husband is on his 2nd helping, says its fantastic with or without ice cream! I have a deep dish pie plate, i think i could double the recipe.

With all ingredients on hand,

With all ingredients on hand, it's in the oven now.
Lower temp with glass pan, right?

Apple Pie Cake

Thanks for answering my earlier?
Sharing, I used Jona Gold apples and gluten free flour. The Apple pie cake was delicious!

Apple pie cake

Followed the directions and ended up with a mushy cake. It smelled great, but even though I left it in the oven for extra time it just would not cook in the middle. What kind of apples would work best. I used Macintosh

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Hi, Jill. If you go to our apple chart, you will see which apples to use depending on what you are making–pie, applesauce, etc.

Apple Cake

This sounds like the recipe my Mom used to make. She called it " Fresh Apple Cake ". She cooked it in a Bundt or tube pan and it would develop a tasty crust on top. You could drizzle a topping on it, or not. It was delicious right out of the pan.

What kind of apples?

There are tons apple varieties. What kind of apple is used in this recipe. It's an important detail that is left out of the information.

what kind of apple to use for baking

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Hi, Julie. You can use any apple that is good for baking. Go to our handy apple chart that tells you what the best apples are for different purposes. Choose one that is good for pie.


I am a "depression baby". I remember my mother making this cake often while I was still at home. She called it "Cooked Cake"! And I remember her sending it to me when I was away at college. It is very moist and keeps well.She baked it in a loaf pan.

Apple pie cake

I noticed that the recipe does not call for milk or oil. Just want to confirm
the recipe ingredients are correct. I am planning on making this today.

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Hi, Sherry. The ingredients are correct. We hope you enjoy the recipe.