Apple Cake: Secret Recipe Club

It’s that time again…time for Secret Recipe Club! This month has just flown by, seems like I was just baking the Pumpkin Icebox Pie from last month’s secret blogger. Today my secret blogger is Julie from Little Bit of Everything, and she is from the Midwest, just like me! I enjoyed browsing around Julie’s blog, checking out her new home, traveling adventures and oh yes…she bakes cupcakes!

But when I happened upon this Apple Cake, I knew right away I wanted to bake it. Mostly because it sounded delicious, but also I remembered an Apple Cake that my Mom used to make years ago.

It was a perfect addition to the Thanksgiving Leftover Party. Guests are usually tired of Pumpkin Dessert after Thanksgiving, but the Apple Cake still has the Fall flavors that we all love around the holidays.

I changed the recipe a bit and had enough batter to bake the cake a couple different ways, in these cute little individual bundt pans and also in a regular size bundt pan, both gave it a beautiful shape, plus it was easy to cut and serve.

The larger cake was definitely a show stopper on the Thanksgiving Buffet! I served the larger cake with Cinnamon Whip Cream and glazed the smaller Apple Cakes with Brown Sugar Glaze. Both were delicious, and actually were better the second day, making this a great make-ahead cake as well.

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Apple Cake Recipe
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A delicious cake with apples and nuts.
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1½ cups oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 3 cups diced apple
Cinnamon Whip Topping
  • 1-2 cups Cool Whip Whipped Topping or fresh whipping cream
  • 1-2 teaspoons cinnamon
Brown Sugar Glaze
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup milk
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray pan with non-stick cooking spray and dust with flour
  2. Cream together eggs, sugars, oil and vanilla until well combined
  3. Sift together dry ingredients
  4. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients just until combined
  5. Fold in nuts and apples
  6. Fill baking pan {Bundt, Layer, Loaf, or even cupcakes} about ¾ full
Baking times
  1. Regular Size Bundt: 45 - 60 min
  2. Individual Size Bundt: 20 - 30 min
  3. Layer: 30 - 45 min
  4. Loaf: 45 - 60 min
  5. Cupcakes: 18-20 min
  6. Test all with a toothpick, times may vary a bit
Cinnamon Whip Topping
  1. Combine whipped topping and cinnamon
  2. Serve on top of cake or on the side
Brown Sugar Glaze
  1. In a small saucepan, combine all ingredients
  2. Cook until slightly thick, about 4 minutes
  3. Brush on warm cake

I think my favorites were the little ones…they are so cute, and kind of remind me of a cupcake.

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  1. Well your apple cake looks beautiful. It was the first thing I clicked on because it is one of my favorite cakes and yours looks so beautiful. My link didn’t get included so check it out if you get a chance. Hopefully it will get fixed soon.
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  2. ButterYum says:

    Absolutely delectable SRC selection. I love the way you decorated the big one, and the tiny cakes are so cute!!

    I hope you’ll stop by and visit my SRC post for Honey Vinaigrette Marinated Grilled Chicken.

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  3. Wow, what a beautiful cake! I love that the little cakes are so perfect for a dinner party or Thanksgiving.
    Melissa | Dash of East recently posted..Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls | Secret Recipe ClubMy Profile

  4. This looks so cute! Perfectly in season, I want to make this for Thanksgiving! Great SRC post, happy to be a part of the club with you!
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  5. Hezzi-D says:

    I love anything with apples and your cake looks delicious!
    Hezzi-D recently posted..Pumpkin Palooza: Secret Recipe ClubMy Profile

  6. Looks wonderful! I bet it made your house smell amazing.
    Amy @ A Little Nosh recently posted..Apple Cinnamon Crockpot Oatmeal – Secret Recipe ClubMy Profile

  7. Lisa~~ says:

    Big or small your cakes look delicious.

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my group ‘A’ SRC recipe this month: Pork Belly Soup with Collard Greens.

    Cook Lisa Cook
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  8. Liz says:

    Truly a stunning, delectable cake!!! YUM!
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  9. amy says:

    Looks fantastic! Will have to keep this in mind for all the farmer’s market apples over the next few weeks. So fun to be in SRC with you!
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  10. Jeanie says:

    I’m head over heels for apple cake this year. Yours are beyond pretty.

  11. julie says:

    HI! So nice to meet you through SRC!!! This cake looks amazing!! Thanks for the nice shout out and the beautiful version of the cake.
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  12. Trisha says:

    The cake sounds great and I love how u prettied up the bundt cake. Great job.

  13. Jo says:

    We are still trying to decide what desserts to make for Thanksgiving, I think this cake will need to be one of them, it looks and sounds fabulous!

  14. colleen says:

    Yum! Love the little versions–so pretty
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  15. Andi says:

    I am late, from the src your blog is nice, I love your pictures and how you listed all the past src love that. I wondered about adding at the end of each that has already been made to inform a new person. thank you for visiting the wednesdaybaker I made some cinnamon pull apart bread. andi
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