Apple Cake

You may be surprised learn after reading about my love of all things pumpkin in my Trader Joe’s Fall favorites that I am not a fan of pumpkin pie. Instead, I look forward to making my Aunt Frankie’s fabulous Apple Cake every Thanksgiving. My Aunt Frankie enjoyed spending time in the kitchen and I was lucky enough to be the recipient of several of her hand-written recipe cards before she passed in 2014. I’m not sure where this Apple Cake recipe originated, but I wanted to share it here in case you were looking for something new and special to serve this upcoming holiday season.

Cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and tart Granny Smith apples provide this apple cake with all of the cozy flavors that give us all the fall and winter feels. It is a cinch to make. All of the ingredients can be combined in one bowl so that you don’t even have to pull out your mixer. The scent of the Apple Cake baking is almost as amazing as the first bite.

Apple cake can be a moist and delicious breakfast or dessert. It makes a great replacement for coffee cake or pumpkin bread at a holiday breakfast or brunch. For dessert, I prefer to serve it with a scoop of ice cream or a dollop of whip cream and possibly even a drizzle of caramel (if you want to make it extra fancy).

Aunt Frankie’s Apple Cake


  • 1 ½  cup flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp cloves
  • ½ nutmeg
  • ½ salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup chopped Granny Smith apple
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Add wet ingredients. Stir in chopped apples and walnuts. Bake for 35-40 minutes in an 8×8 inch pan. Enjoy!

Tip: I like to use parchment paper to line my 8×8 cake pan so that I can easily lift the cake out of the pan and place it on a cake plate. I have had too many failed attempts of trying to ease a cake out of the pan only to leave a chunk behind, stuck to the pan.

Family recipes have the added bonus of conjuring up memories of the people and occasions that are associated with each recipe. I have a handful of recipes given to me from those who have passed. Seeing a treasures friend for relatives handwriting and reminiscing about where the recipe originated is one of my favorite ways to honor and share the memory of those who have left us too soon. I encourage you to take a moment this Thanksgiving to ask your loved ones for a handwritten copy of the recipe you can’t imagine celebrating the holidays without. Better yet, ask them to teach you how to make it and document the process with photos. I hope that your hearts and bellies are full this upcoming Thanksgiving!


  1. Alicia

    November 27, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    That looks fantastic! I am not a fan of Pumpkin pie either so this is awesome

    1. Parker

      November 29, 2019 at 11:38 am

      Yay, another kindred spirit that doesn’t love pumpkin pie. Happy Thanksgiving!

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