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Cinnamon Apple Cake – Easy and Moist

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I remember my Grandma making this delicious cinnamon apple cake when I was a little girl. The combination of cinnamon, apple, and walnuts is perfection. This is an old fashioned recipe that is loved by everyone and very easy to make.

Cinnamon Apple Cake

Cinnamon Apple Cake

This cake is so moist and forms a crumb topping with it’s wonderful cinnamon flavor. We chop up our apples pretty well so there are not huge apple chunks, but you can adjust to your liking. The classic combo of sweetness, spice and everything nice!

Cinnamon Apple Cake

This apple cinnamon cake is great for dessert or even breakfast. We make this a lot for the company and it always gets raves reviews with everyone wanting the recipe. This is also the perfect “snack cake” for my boys when they come home from school wanting a sweet treat. I love how easy this is to whip up with only a 20 minute prep time.

Cake is a classic easy dessert, whether it’s a chocolate or vanilla cake or even something with a bit of spice and fruit like this Cinnamon Apple Cake recipe.

Cakes that include the addition of fruit or veggies (like Carrot Cheesecake Cake or Cranberry Christmas Cake) tend to be super moist and delicious, and this apple cake is the perfect example of that!


  • The best baking apples are slightly tart, hold their shape during the cooking process and aren’t too juicy. Our favorites are Granny Smith, Jonathan or Janagold , Cortland, Braeburn and Honeycrisp.
  • You can also shred the apples if you do not prefer that larger apple bite. Sometimes kids that get weird about food texture like it better like this and also eliminating the nuts.
  • Another idea is to lightly dust powdered sugar on the cooled cake or drizzle with a glaze.
  • Serving this warm with ice cream is our favorite. You could also tip with whipped cream.


Cinnamon Apple Cake

Cinnamon Apple Cake

Published By Jill
This simple cinnamon apple cake is moist and flavorful, loaded with fresh apples and walnuts. 
5 from 76 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 350 kcal


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped and peeled apples (about 2 medium apples)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


  • Heat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9-inch round cake pan with cooking spray.
  • In large bowl, beat softened butter and sugars with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Stir in vanilla, flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Stir in the chopped apples and walnuts. Spoon into your greased pan.
  • Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Cool about 10-15 minutes. Cut the warm cake into slices and serve with ice cream.


Calories: 350kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 4gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 71mgSodium: 351mgPotassium: 111mgFiber: 1gSugar: 28gVitamin A: 425IUVitamin C: 1.1mgCalcium: 36mgIron: 1.5mg
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Easy Cinnamon Apple Cake

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Thanks for sharing. Love that cake.

Best cake ever and so quick and easy. Next time I’m going to double the recipe so I will have 2 pans. One pan disappeared in minutes. Everybody loved it!!5 stars

Delicious!! Everyone loved it5 stars

Can’t wait to make this

This is a great recipe! I made cupcakes from this recipe so people could easily grab n’ go at our campout. They were delicious. I decreased baking time to 18 min and they turned out perfect. Thank you!5 stars

Sounds like a very tasty treat. Thank you.

This is excellent. Quick, easy to put together very moist and flavorful. Thank you for sharring..

So, this was super easy. My issue was I was out of cinnamon AND vanilla. Can you believe it? So, I used a little ginger, cloves and nutmeg, then I used almond extract. Since I was totally remaking the recipe I added golden raisins to the apples.

It turned out FABULOUS! Even with all of the mistakes. I want to try it with cinnamon because frankly I love cinnamon and was bummed that I didn’t have any but wasn’t going to hit the store after I’d just got back.

I’ve been baking for awhile so while I don’t recommend substituting ~everything~ it’s a pretty forgiving recipe. I’m keeping it!5 stars

Black walnuts are good too. They compliment the apples. This is such a good recipe!

Your measurements get weird when you increase the servings.

Loved this cake. Made it to have as a dessert with Icecream but didn’t last until dinner. Going to make two tomorrow. Thank you for sharing. 5 stars


Thanks for those delicious looking recipes!!

Looks yummy g making this today5 stars

I’ve made this,delicious.I made a glaze of cinnamon,brown sugar and poured over top.delicious.

I baked this for a late morning breakfast treat and it was delicious! The suggestion of serving a scoop of ice cream with the warm apple cake – fabulous!! Definitely a keeper!!5 stars

I love this recipe and used to make it often, but now that I have moved to a higher elevation (5000′), it doesn’t turn out right.  Can anyone tell me how to adapt this recipe for baking at higher elevation?  I don’t really want to use an entirely different recipe, because I really like this one. Thanks.    5 stars

This cake is delicious. I wonder if it will freeze well. Have you tried it?5 stars

To save time I peel and shred my apples with a box grater…blends really easy into the batter…

Does it have to be dark brown sugar to make this cake cuz I only like light brown sugar I just didn’t know if it would taste the same could u let me know if it’s ok to use light brown sugar instead?5 stars