Rating: 4.71 stars
173 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 135
  • 4 star values: 30
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2

This is a very good and moist cake recipe I received from my grandmother years ago. It makes a nice addition to any dinner table.

Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
cook:
40 mins
total:
1 hr 5 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 9x13-inch cake
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Topping:
Cake:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13-inch pan.

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  • Prepare the topping by mixing together the brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and chopped pecans.

  • Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

  • Beat butter and sugar together in a large bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy; add eggs one at a time, thoroughly beating each egg into the butter mixture before adding the next. Add apple butter, vanilla, and wheat germ or bran cereal. Add sifted dry ingredients alternately with sour cream; mix well after each addition.

  • Pour half the batter into the prepared pan; sprinkle with half of the topping. Pour remaining batter into pan and top with the rest of the topping.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean, about 40 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

399 calories; protein 4.5g; carbohydrates 60.9g; fat 16.1g; cholesterol 59.8mg; sodium 335.8mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (143)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/07/2004
I found this recipe when I was looking to use up a jar of apple butter a friend gave me. It is a great cake! I did some modifications; brown sugar instead of white; walnuts instead of pecans; instant oats instead of bran/wheat germ. Perfect for potluck or church socials - no messy frosting. Read More
(97)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/18/2011
The recipe as written has 2x as much sugar as I'd want! So minus a few stars for that. I made it healthier with whole wheat flour reduced the butter a little plain Greek yogurt instead of sour cream and cut the sugar in HALF - it was still a little too sweet for my tastes. Otherwise it was moist and tasty will make again - with less sugar. Read More
(18)
173 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 135
  • 4 star values: 30
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
11/06/2004
I found this recipe when I was looking to use up a jar of apple butter a friend gave me. It is a great cake! I did some modifications; brown sugar instead of white; walnuts instead of pecans; instant oats instead of bran/wheat germ. Perfect for potluck or church socials - no messy frosting. Read More
(97)
Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2002
It is delicious - I baked it in a bundt cake pan and it was also very pretty - Read More
(53)
Rating: 5 stars
10/27/2003
Very moist, delicious cake. Would make a good breakfast cake. I made mine in a bundt pan and layered with 1/2 crumb mixture, 1/2 batter, crumb, batter. Scrumptious!! I also made the 'All Day Apple Butter' recipe from this site and used it in this recipe. Read More
(38)
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Rating: 5 stars
11/27/2002
Wonderful moist cake! A real treat. The batter was thicker than I expected and I thought I made a mistake but the result was a big hit with everyone. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/30/2011
I made muffins out of this recipe. I used APPLE CIDER apple butter and I cut the sugar in the actual bread recipe in half. For muffins there was a little too much topping (and imo I think the topping needs butter more like a streusel) but I'm not complaining.;) I can't stop eating it. Quite moist slightly chewy and VERY flavorful one of the BEST quick breads I've had in a long time. Read More
(28)
Rating: 3 stars
09/17/2011
The recipe as written has 2x as much sugar as I'd want! So minus a few stars for that. I made it healthier with whole wheat flour reduced the butter a little plain Greek yogurt instead of sour cream and cut the sugar in HALF - it was still a little too sweet for my tastes. Otherwise it was moist and tasty will make again - with less sugar. Read More
(18)
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Rating: 5 stars
01/19/2006
Outstanding recipe for a great coffee cake for a brunch. I added 1/2c. of cinnamon chips and a chopped Gala apple- Excellent! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/14/2010
We love this cake! Soft, moist, tender and slightly dense with a perfectly spiced and crunchy topping/filling. I used toasted wheat germ and the "All Day Apple Butter" from this site and could not be happier with the outcome. This is perfect as written and there is no need to change a thing. Although not needed, I added a drizzle of caramel and it is wonderful with or without. Very happy that I found this recipe. It will be enjoyed often. Thanks for sharing! Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
02/03/2005
I only made this to use up some applebutter but this recipe is a keeper. It is worth buying the apple butter just to make the cake. Delish! Read More
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