Delicious Fresh Apple Cake Recipe

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Do you love a good fresh apple cake? Wait until you try this apple spice cake! This recipe combines the classic flavors of apple and cinnamon with a hidden ingredient of pumpkin puree to keep the cake moist. You’ll love this spectacular combination and how easy it is to assemble the cake for a perfect fall dessert recipe.
If you love apple cake, then you should check out this apple cinnamon cake recipe.  Just as delicious but a bit different flavor profile, and definitely a kid-friendly favorite.

A slice of fresh apple cake with pumpkin sitting on a white and blue plate topped with ice cream

Delicious Fresh Apple Cake Recipe

Apple picking is something we look forward to every year. I love to pick a variety of apples and use them for many different recipes like this fresh apple cake.  Adding a bit of pumpkin puree to the batter was a great idea to add more moisture to my cake and a hint of flavor that screams fall and holiday recipes.  There is truly nothing like a hot piece of this cake fresh from the oven with a dollop of whipped cream on top!
Have extra apples leftover from picking apples?  Check out my recipe for how to make applesauce as well as this great caramel apple bundt cake.  Both are sure to become family favorites.

Tips for making a moist apple cake that isn’t soggy

Everyone wants a moist cake but no one wants a soggy cake. When you make this cake, the most important part is that you use the right apples. You need an apple that is good for baking. Other apples will make the cake soggy.

The other important part of adding moisture to this cake is the use of canned pumpkin puree.  It blends beautifully into the batter and creates a richness that really brings out the fall flavors.

Another thing that can make the cake soggy is not measuring correctly. Unlike cooking, baking needs precise measurements.

What are the best apples for this cake?

When you are making this apple spice cake, you want to make sure that you are using baking apples.  The best apples to use will depend on the taste you like. If you want a tarter apple the best apples to use are Honeycrisp and granny smith. If you want sweeter apples, it is best to use gala apples or fuji apples.


  • apples
  • sugar
  • canned pumpkin puree
  • butter
  • pure vanilla extract
  • Eggs
  • Flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • ground cinnamon
  • caramel sauce

Overhead picture of the baked fresh apple cake laying on a serving platter

How to make a fresh apple cake

For this cake, you will begin by making the cake batter.  Start with your sugar and butter mixture as directed.  You will combine all wet ingredients before you then add in sifted dry ingredients and mix or beat until just combined.  I prefer sifting dry ingredients first so I have fewer lumps in my batter.

A blue table with a fresh apple cake on a brown plate in the background and a slice of cake on a blue plate (1)

Next, you’ll add your fresh cut apples to the batter, as well as a layer on top of the batter once poured into your prepared pan.

Fresh apple cake being assembled in a baking dish on a wooden surface
Bake as directed, then top with a caramel sauce and/or ice cream if desired.
A slice of fresh apple cake with pumpkin on a plate with fork holding a bite
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Delicious Fresh Apple Cake Recipe

This Fresh Apple Cake has a pumpkin base with fresh apple chunks to give you a moist and delicious cake that brings all the flavors of fall into one bite!
Servings: 8
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 1 hour



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Beat together 1 3/4 cups sugar along with the butter and vanilla in a mixer at medium speed until well blended
  • Add pumpkin puree and eggs one at a time and mix until blended.
  • In small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Add flour mixture to sugar mixture and beat at low speed until well blended.
  • Combine remaining 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon in small bowl.
  • Toss the chopped and peeled apples with 2 Tbsp of the cinnamon sugar.
  • Fold 3 cups of the chopped apples into the cake mixture. Set aside the remaining cup.
  • Pour batter into a well-greased 8 inch spring form pan.
  • Add the remaining apples over the batter, evenly, and lightly sprinkle the rest of the cinnamon sugar on top of the batter.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until cake slightly browns on top.
  • Cool on wire rack, then carefully remove spring form pan and serve.
  • Drizzle with caramel sauce, if desired.

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Calories: 407kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 192mg | Potassium: 163mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 51g | Vitamin A: 3989IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 2mg


Delicious Fresh Apple Cake

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