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This easy apple cake requires only one mixing bowl and a handful of basic ingredients, but bakes up into a delightfully dense, moist cake you’ll want to make again and again. This cake leans more on the side of rich and gooey than light and fluffy, so it’s a natural partner to a scoop of ice cream. We suggest using gala, Fugi, or honeycrisp apples as they’ll hold up well in the cake and lend a pleasant apple flavor—you could even use a mix of all three! Keep in mind, this cake bakes up dark in color (baking in a dark pan will enhance this) due in part to the brown sugar and the amount of cinnamon in the batter. Check in after 25-30 minutes in the oven; if your cake’s edges are browning quickly, go ahead and loosely cover the pan with aluminum foil for the remainder of the cake’s bake time. 

Recipe by MyRecipes


Credit: Darcy Lenz

Recipe Summary

15 mins
1 hr 25 mins
Serves 10-12


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350°F

  • Place the butter in a large microwave-safe mixing bowl; microwave in 20-30 second intervals until melted. Mix in the granulated and brown sugars. Add the sour cream, eggs, cinnamon, and vanilla; whisk until all is combined. Add the apples to the bowl; stir to coat completely in the butter mixture.

  • Sprinkle the flour, baking soda, and salt over top of the apple mixture; mix well until all of the flour is absorbed. Pour the batter into a greased 9x13-inch baking dish. 

  • Bake 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake tests clean. Loosely cover with aluminum foil halfway through baking if the cake appears to be browning too quickly. Cool 15 minutes before slicing and serving. 

Chef's Notes

Rather than a 9x13-inch baking dish, you can also bake this cake in a 12-inch cast-iron skillet or a 10-inch springform pan. If you use a springform pan, you may need to add a few minutes to the bake time.