Rating: 5 stars 4.7
18 Ratings
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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

20 mins
1 hr 15 mins
1 hr
2 hrs 35 mins
1 cake


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


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

  • 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