Rating: 4.89 stars
19 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 17
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0

I've been making this cake for over 30 years, and always get great compliments from it. Even my sweets-hating husband likes this one. I've been making it for my mother's birthday for years...it's her favorite. It's a dense cake with great flavor, so if you're looking for a light, fluffy cake, this is not for you!

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
1 hr 15 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
2 hrs 35 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 cake
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 10-inch tube pan.

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  • Mix 5 tablespoons sugar and cinnamon together in a large bowl. Add apple slices and toss to coat.

  • Mix flour, 2 cups sugar, oil, orange juice, eggs, baking powder, salt, and vanilla extract together in another bowl and beat until smooth and thoroughly blended. Batter will be thick.

  • Place 1/2 of the batter in the prepared tube pan. Top with 1/2 of the apple slices. Add remaining batter to the pan, and neatly arrange remaining apple slices on top.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 1 hour. Run a table knife around the edges to loosen. Invert carefully onto a cooling rack to cool completely.

Cook's Notes:

Use your choice of apples....Granny Smith for a more tart taste, or any firm apple that will hold its shape during baking.

You can use canola oil instead of vegetable oil.

Nutrition Facts

485 calories; protein 5.6g; carbohydrates 72.2g; fat 20.3g; cholesterol 62mg; sodium 340.4mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (16)

19 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 17
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
01/07/2021
Followed recipe - this was a hit! In fact had requests for make again, and again.. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/21/2020
I was looking for something a bit different and decided to try this recipe. My family really liked this cake. It was a dense cake and holds well with good flavor. I did use the granny smith apples to balance the sweetness. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/24/2020
Excellent cake. Everyone loved it. However, I would note that this recipe online is a little different from the magazine. Online states to use a tube pan (magazine states Bundt, which is what I used). Online states to mix everything together at once (magazine you mix wet ingredients, then add dry....which is what I did). I mention this as a friend made the online version and it did not turn out near as well as mine. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/17/2021
A decent cake. Something different. Not sure I would make it again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/23/2021
I have been making this for over 30 years!!! My daughter saw me peeling Apple's today & asked what they were for. When I told her it was this recipe, she told me it was not a good idea!! Only because she will eat way too much of it!!! Turned out perfectly!!! I sometimes replace the Orange juice in the fall with Apple cider. Excellent recipe, highly recommend it!!!!!!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/18/2020
Very moist and flavorful. I fanned the apples and it was beautiful. I would make it again Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/11/2021
Yes, a fantastic recipe and fun to make and eat! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/17/2021
Made recipe exacting as per directions with no changes, used granny smith apples. It was AMAZING!!! Moist, sweet and will be a staple in our family and I will definitely be making it for get togethers. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/06/2020
Loved this Will do it again.. Read More