Fresh Apple Cake

Here is another one of my very old tried and true recipes, my MIL (Mother-in-Law) passed this one onto me over 3 decades ago.  She made it for us to enjoy one Christmas and I asked her for the recipe, she didn’t have anything to write on so she improvised and tore off a box top and wrote this out for me:


Here is the recipe just in case you have troubles seeing what she wrote:


  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup cooking oil


  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla


  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1 cup black walnuts (chopped small)
  • 3 cups diced apples (peeled and diced)


  • 325 degree oven
  • greased and floured tube pan
  • 1 hour 25 minutes

I believe she told me that her Mom used to make this for her and her siblings when they were small; I would venture to guess that this recipe is 60+ years old.

We gathered all of the ingredients together and then my hubby who is a *great* cook started to build the batter, and by building, I mean that almost literally because when all of the ingredients are combined it is quite thick and difficult to stir…


One side note: We didn’t realize that we were completely out of baking *soda* (who runs out of baking soda? ME! <shaking my head>).  So we substituted baking powder, I went to my best friend Google and inquired about what to do if baking soda wasn’t available but baking powder was…Google told me not to fear, that the answer was to triple the baking soda measurement when using baking powder only (we didn’t quite do that though, we only used 2 teaspoons of baking powder and it didn’t affect the way the cake turned out at all…it worked great).   Also, we used 4 apples as opposed to the 6 pictured.  Regarding what kind of apple you use…that is totally up to you, we used “Pink Lady–Pink Cripps” and they taste yummy–according to the hubby.  (I can’t eat this cake because I am a migraine sufferer and black walnuts are a big trigger for me…)

The hubby started by combining all dry ingredients in one bowl, and all wet ingredients in another bowl:


And I prepared the tube pan:


Combine all the ingredients except for the nuts and apples with a mixer, then fold the apples and nuts in by hand.

IMG_3126 The hubby literally spooned the batter into the greased and floured 10″ tube pan.

IMG_3128We put it in the pre-heated 325 degree oven for 1 hour 25 minutes.  It came out perfect, in fact, now that I think about it, it always comes out perfect. 🙂

The hubby has already had a piece of this cake this evening and he says it tastes great!! I’m hoping it will still be around  on Christmas Eve so I can set some out for my visiting family members to enjoy. Something tells me that that might not be the case though. 😉



My hubby isn’t an icing lover, so he didn’t want to put icing on this cake, but, my MIL always puts caramel icing on it when she makes it and I’ve heard many family members rave about the cake with that icing, so I would encourage you to have a can on hand so that you can try it with and without the icing. 🙂  My MIL only uses Pillsbury Creamy Supreme Caramel icing…like this:



Well, there we go, another tried and true recipe from my recipe basket. Stay tuned, I will be posting more yummy recipes as I prepare for our Christmas celebration.  Tomorrow is fudge day for me, I did already post my two best Peanut Butter Fudge recipes that I will be making.

Until next time…May your days be “Merry and Bright!! ❤

~Arlynn ❤