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Apple Spice Cake


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  • Servings: 10

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, May 2006


  • 1 1/3 cups vegetable oil
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 to 4 Granny Smith apples, cored and cut into 1/2-inch pieces (3 cups)
  • 1 cup chopped assorted nuts, such as pecans and walnuts (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Caramel Sauce
  • Nonstick cooking spray with flour


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 12-cup Bundt pan with cooking spray; set aside.

  2. Working over a large sheet of parchment paper, sift together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt; gather sifted ingredients into center of sheet; set aside.

  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine vegetable oil, sugar, and eggs; mix on high speed until lemon yellow.

  4. Fold reserved parchment in half lengthwise; with mixer on medium speed, gradually shake in dry ingredients until just incorporated.

  5. Add apples and, if desired, nuts, to batter; mix to combine. Add vanilla, mixing until incorporated.

  6. Pour batter into prepared pan, and bake until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 75 to 90 minutes.

  7. Remove from oven, and cool slightly on a wire rack.

  8. Invert cake onto rack; turn cake right-side up to cool completely on rack, and serve drizzled with caramel sauce.

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  • MS10552961
    10 AUG, 2017
    what type of cake pan is used for the D M Brown's apple cake
  • MS10470350
    29 MAY, 2017
    Not what I expected, too crumbly; however, I used a gluten free flour blend and didn't wait for it to be completely cool before serving it - it was getting late and fam was waiting for it. Love the syrup drizzle.
  • MS11485149
    2 APR, 2017
    This is a beautiful cake to make for something yummy to have in the house. I've never had any problems with this recipe. A bonus it makes our home smell heavenly
  • dexterandlisag
    21 NOV, 2016
    I have been making this cake since its debut in 2006. It is my favorite cake, hands down. Yes, the batter is a very stiff mix, but well worth the extra effort. I use fresh, local, black walnuts from the harvest year for added depth to the flavor. I always make extra caramel sauce because everyone loves it served hot over the ice cream with the cake. This cake also makes a wonderful gift to give over the Holidays. Just don't forget to give a small jar of the carmel sauce too!
  • ALR7681595DW
    15 FEB, 2016
    disgusting. I followed this recipe exactly. and it came out too sweet, dry and a flavorless crumbly mess. This will be the only time I try a recipe from this site. I get other recipes and I read the comments and I am forwarned, but not here. When I read the list of ingredients, I thought it was odd but perhaps it would be good anyway. NOPE.
  • MS11864139
    20 OCT, 2013
    I just made this cake for the first time. It's still in the oven, but was concerned that there was no such thing as "pouring" the batter. It was very thick and had to be spooned into the pan. We'll see how it turns out, but was just wondering if it's supposed to be such a thick batter. I kept looking for a liquid ingredient that I might have missed.
  • MS11002900
    9 FEB, 2013
    I have made this so many times for friends and it is always a hit!
  • Sue Swansen
    27 JAN, 2013
    OMG! I looked through many recipes for an apple spice cake and many used applesauce, canned apples, or spice cake mix! This is a true from scratch recipe that is de-licious! WOW! the carmel sauce is awesome on it. I give this a 5 star! I recommended this on my facebook page too!
  • McMinnie
    27 SEP, 2012
    This cake produces a thick batter. I only noticed because I don't have a mixer and had to rely upon what little arm strength I have. Don't worry - it yields a delicious result! I made it sans the caramel sauce and got rave reviews. Make sure you use tart apples. Next time I make it I will use a tad bit more spice.
  • jajmarsh
    21 SEP, 2012
    I have made this cake several times. I get raves. The caramel glaze is the best. Will make it again