The Cake Slice: Fresh Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze

September 20, 2010 at 12:21 am | Posted in cakes & tortes, groups, simple cakes, sweet things, the cake slice | 19 Comments

fresh apple cake with brown sugar glaze

OK, I am the first to say that my Fresh Apple Cake cake looks an awful lot like a meatloaf, but it is in fact the perfect sweet way to welcome fall and apple season!  I scaled back the recipe to make a standard loaf cake, but to tell the truth, we could have easily polished off a full-sizer.  It’s moist texture reminded me of  banana bread (and I even swapped a third of the oil for unsweetened applesauce), but the taste here is all about apples, walnuts and vanilla.  Yes– vanilla, a welcome change from the usual cinnamon!  A brown sugar glaze makes an addictively sticky topping.

This is the last cake the group is baking from Southern Cakes.  Not all of the cakes I’ve made from this book have been so successful, so I’m glad to go out on a high note with this one.  Speaking of going out on a high note, this is also the last cake I’ll be baking with The Cake Slice group.  I’ll certainly still be following the other blogs as they move on to the next book, but I think I need to ease off the baking commitments for a bit.  Thanks so much, Katie, for all the hard work in keeping this group going– I’ve had such a great time!

Here’s a printable link to the recipe.  Or get your hands on a copy of Southern Cakes by Nancie McDermott.  Cruise through the list of The Cake Slice Bakers to check out all of our apple cakes this month!


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  1. I just see ooey gooey apple and brown sugar goodness. I have some ginger gold apples that I need to use up and this is definitely at the top of my list to try. I own this book so I will have to grab it and make a few more of the cakes from it.

  2. Your cake looks gorgeous – I love how tall it is.
    Sorry to hear you won’t be baking with us anymore, I’ll certainly still be visiting to see what other tasty treats your whipping up 🙂 I agree this cake was one of the best from the book

  3. Molto invitante questo cake !

  4. I’m sad to see you leave The Cake Slice! I understand completely though; it’s hard to manage so many baking commitments on top of your own baking wants.

  5. A meatloaf? The thought did not occur to me at all! Looks pretty darn good.

  6. Yum, this looks great! No Fall weather here, but at least I can smell up my apt with baked apples and cinnamon and pretend that it is 😉

  7. Sad to hear that you are leaving the group! But I’ll keep visiting to see what delicious treats you are baking up.

  8. The brown sugar glaze looks so good!

  9. Sorry to hear you’re leaving the group especially after seeing that gorgeous picture of the cake…okay, now that you mention it I think a lot of our cakes maybe looked a tiny bit like meatloaf but they were so yummy I can easily overlook that.

  10. Mine didn’t turn out- meatloaf probably would’ve tasted better. But yours looks great!

  11. I dont think your cake looks like meatloaf, it looks really delicious

  12. Okay, THIS has been bookmarked! Divine!!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls

  13. I made this cake and love it! It has to be the best cake I have ever made! So moist and delicious! I love your recipes!


  14. Just found your blog and I have to say: I’m in love. Beautiful page!!

    And this Apple Cake looks super yummy. And I will definitely make it for the weekend.

  15. I love apples. I finally remembered to buy a bag of apples at the grocery store yesterday. My family will enjoy this tonight. Thanks for posting.
    P.S. I love meatloaf too. 🙂

  16. I can picture a nice slice with a splash of whip cream on top. Mmmmmm.

  17. It would have probably been a better idea to substitute some of the vegetable oil with apple sauce. The cake turned out greasy-and a strange cooked vegetable oil after taste.

    • yes, i think i noted in the post that i swapped 1/3 of the oil for applesauce…not because i had a notion that it would be greasy with all oil, but just to health it up a bit.

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