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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 150 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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Best breakfast cake! I have made this cake a million times! Well, almost.5 stars

Haven’t made it yet. It looks yummy

I sprinkle some cinnamon sugar mix in the bottom of the greased pan, put in a layer of thinly sliced apples and them pour your cake batter on top. Bake as directed. I also add at least 3 apples to the cake batter. This is always a winner. Especially when the grands are here. It is gone within hours. Thanks for such a great recipe.5 stars

Delicious  cake! Thanks.5 stars

This is the best apple cinnamon cake ever. I serve it anytime of the day. Everyone loves it. Thank you for such a great recipe.5 stars

Delicious! Just the right amount of sweet and very moist5 stars

What kind of apples?

I baked this today. I have baked it before but this time I used two small spring form pans and increased the recipe by 1.5 times and used more apples and nuts. It took a little longer to bake but came out delicious just like the first time. 
Thanks for the recipe!!!5 stars

Just made this for the first time WOW this is so delicious I used an 8″ round pan since that’s all I had, and it took and extra 10 min to cook but it’s so moist

I have made this cake twice it melts in your mouth. My family loves it.


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