Fresh Apple Snack Cake

What makes a cake fit into the category of “snack cakes”? To me, it means a cake you can put together quickly, in one bowl. They are moist, and usually fruity, though I never turn down chocolate cake. And generally, they aren’t frosted, though a little squirt of whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream would not go amiss on the same plate.
Gather up your ingredients and we can get going. If you like using toasted nuts, you should do that ahead a bit so that they can cool off. I often do this in the mocrowave – lay on a plate in a single layer and nuke at full power for 20 seconds, stir, nuke for 20 secends, stir, nuke for 20 seconds – until they are smelling toasty. How long depends on your microwave – mine does the job in about a minute and a half, for the half cup needed in this recipe.
1acPreheat the oven to 350ยบ. Grate one large apple. This one was an Ida Red if memory serves. You can chop it or run it through the food processor, but I prefer the grater for the texture.2acHere we go – all in one bowl
Whisk together:
1 cup unbleached all purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, preferably toasted

In a 2 cup measuring cup, mix togther
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup milk
1 egg
1 & 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large apple, grated
Pour the wet ingredients, into the bowl and stir, just until combined. Don’t over mix.

3acSpread the batter evenly in an 8 inch square [or equivalent], well greased baking dish.
4acBake for 20 to 25 minutes until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool on a rack for at least 10 minutes before cutting.
5acServe cut in squares. With some whipped cream. Cause whipped cream makes the world go ’round, right? It’s actually good even without the whipped cream, but it got eaten up too fast to get a photo of it without any. Twice. That Larry – I tell ya!6ac

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20 Responses to Fresh Apple Snack Cake

  1. Flea says:

    Dlyn, I never makes breads and foods which require chopped or food processed fruits and veggies. I’m a lazy cook that way. But I LOVE the idea of the grater! Thank you!

  2. Charlane says:

    that is one snack cake I love to make! apple cake is sooo yummy and this one looks absolutely delish.

  3. I just may make this puppy today. Thanks!

  4. Daryl says:

    Oh now I wish I had an apple .. no, I am not baking .. but an apple would be nice … and even tho I am not baking, I can attest from my days as a baker (yes, a long time ago) grating works best for things like this AND carrotcake .. oh now I want a carrot

  5. Deb says:

    looks so good and healthy too. no apples in the house, just bananas, tangerines and red grapes. I’m going to the store now…

  6. Laura says:

    i see this being made here SOON! will let you know how it goes but I am willing to bet they will LOVE IT!

  7. Ashleigh says:

    Now you’re talking my language.

    Anything sweet AND it has nuts? Yeah. I’m all over it.

  8. ellyn says:

    Where was this when we were there last weekend?

  9. ELK says:

    what a delightful snack cake…thanks for the easy sounding recipe ELK

  10. Kate says:

    At first I wasn’t so sure, but am now thinking I’d love to try this. The end product just looked so good.
    I must tell you that your blog is looking really good. I like it so much more than the other one! Love the layout.

  11. annbb says:

    That looks and sounds delicious!

  12. sara says:

    I love the idea of a snack cake! This looks really yummy. I bet the apples make it really moist.

  13. Donna says:

    This looks absolutely delicious. I love the idea of this snack cake. First time to your blog, I think it is fabulous!! nice to meet you.

  14. Vicki Madden says:

    I want to make this cake right a way, but haven’t yet figured out where your copy the recipe is so I’m having to cut and paste…Help!!

  15. Jennifer says:

    Couold you use homemade applesauce for the oil?

    Or would that make it TOO apply?

  16. Jennifer says:


    is what I meant!

  17. Donalyn says:

    Jennifer – I am not sure, but I would try anything once! Please let us know how it goes, if you decide to give it a try.

  18. Ann says:

    Last night I was looking for an apple snack cake. When I saw your definition of a snack cake, I knew this had to be the kind of recipe I was looking for. I made it straight away. Very quick and easy. Had no regular milk, but substituted soy milk. Dusted with a little powdered sugar. Perfectly delicious! Can’t wait to taste it with some whipped cream. Thank you for posting!

  19. Donalyn says:

    Thank you Ann – I am so glad that you enjoyed it!

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