Apple Pie Cake

The golden hues of autumn have descended upon us, ushering in the season of cozy sweaters, crackling fires, and the irresistible aroma of freshly baked treats. There’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of indulging in a slice of warm, aromatic Apple Pie Cake on a crisp fall evening. This delectable dessert is the perfect fusion of two beloved classics, apple pie, and cake, creating a symphony of flavors that will tantalize your taste buds. In this blog post, we will take you on a journey through the creation of this delightful dessert, from gathering the ingredients to enjoying the final slice.


For the Cake:

  1. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 2 tsp baking powder
  3. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  4. 1/2 tsp salt
  5. 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  6. 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  7. 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  8. 1 cup granulated sugar
  9. 2 large eggs
  10. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  11. 1 cup sour cream

For the Apple Filling:

  1. 3 cups peeled, cored, and diced apples (a mix of sweet and tart varieties)
  2. 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  3. 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  4. 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  5. 1/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  6. 1/4 cup raisins (optional)

For the Streusel Topping:

  1. 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  2. 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  3. 1/4 cup unsalted butter, cold, and cut into small pieces


Creating the Cake:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease a 9×13 inch baking pan.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Add the eggs and vanilla extract, beating well after each addition.
  5. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture, alternating with the sour cream, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients.
  6. Spread half of the cake batter into the prepared pan.

Preparing the Apple Filling:

  1. In a separate bowl, toss the diced apples with sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, walnuts, and raisins (if desired).
  2. Spread the apple mixture evenly over the cake batter in the pan.
  3. Cover the apples with the remaining cake batter, smoothing it out to cover the filling.

Making the Streusel Topping:

  1. In a small bowl, combine the flour and sugar.
  2. Cut in the cold, cubed butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  3. Sprinkle the streusel topping evenly over the cake batter.

Baking and Serving:

  1. Bake in the preheated oven for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  2. Allow the cake to cool for a while before serving. It’s best when slightly warm.


While the classic Apple Pie Cake recipe is a timeless favorite, you can always add your personal touch to make it uniquely yours. Here are a few variations to consider:

  1. Caramel Drizzle: After baking, drizzle warm caramel sauce over the cake for a decadent twist.
  2. Cream Cheese Filling: Add a layer of sweetened cream cheese between the cake batter and apple filling for a delightful surprise.
  3. Gingersnap Crust: Crushed gingersnap cookies can replace the streusel topping for an extra burst of autumn flavor.
  4. Nut-Free: If you have nut allergies, simply omit the walnuts and rely on the raisins for texture.

Tips for Baking Success:

  • Use a mix of apple varieties for a balanced flavor profile. Combine sweet apples like Honeycrisp with tart ones like Granny Smith.
  • Don’t overmix the cake batter; this can result in a denser texture.
  • Make sure the apples are diced into uniform, bite-sized pieces to ensure even distribution in the cake.
  • To store leftovers, wrap the cake in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and refrigerate. Reheat in the oven for a fresh-from-the-oven taste.


The Apple Pie Cake is a culinary masterpiece that captures the essence of autumn in every bite. It marries the comforting familiarity of apple pie with the simplicity of cake, creating a dessert that will leave you craving for more. The warm, spiced aroma that wafts through your kitchen as it bakes is just a teaser of the delights to come.

This season, when the leaves start to fall and the air becomes brisk, invite the warm and welcoming taste of this Apple Pie Cake into your home. Whether you choose to savor it as a dessert or pair it with a steaming cup of coffee for breakfast, it’s a delightful treat that promises to be a highlight of your autumn culinary adventures.

So, gather your ingredients, preheat the oven, and let the sweet symphony of autumn come alive in your kitchen. Create a memory that tastes as good as it looks, with every bite of this Apple Pie Cake. After all, the magic of the season is often found in the simple pleasures we share around the table.

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