No Thanks
Let
Keep In Touch With MarthaStewart.com

Sign up and we'll send inspiration straight to you.

Martha Stewart takes your privacy seriously. To learn more, please read our Privacy Policy.

Triple Apple Cake

This sticky-sweet cake stars apples in three forms: Applesauce and fresh apples are baked into the cake and an apple cider glaze finishes off the fruity fall dessert.

  • Prep:
  • Total Time:
  • Servings: 9
  • Yield: Makes 16
Triple Apple Cake

Photography: Andrew Purcell

Source: Everyday Food, September 2012

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
  • 2 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 3/4 cups packed light-brown sugar, divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, cored, peeled, and thinly sliced crosswise
  • 2 1/2 cups apple cider

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter a 9-inch square metal baking pan and line with parchment, leaving a 2-inch overhang on 2 sides.

  2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. In a large bowl, with a mixer, beat butter and 1 1/2 cups brown sugar until fluffy. Add vanilla and eggs; beat until combined. Reduce speed to low; add flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with 2 additions applesauce, and beat until combined.

  3. Transfer batter to pan and smooth top. Arrange apples in 3 rows on top, overlapping slightly. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached, 1 hour 15 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack and let cool 20 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, in a medium pan, cook cider and remaining 1/4 cup brown sugar over medium-high until thick and syrupy, 15 to 18 minutes. Using parchment, remove cake from pan. Brush glaze over top and sides and let sit until set, 1 hour.

Cook's Note

Top Swap
We like the firm texture and tart flavor of Granny Smith apples on this cake; Gala, Honeycrisp, and Jonagold apples will also work well.

Related Topics