Knobby Apple Cake

It’s fall and in Maine that means trips to farm stands and orchards to get local apples. My mom has made this knobby  apple cake for as long as I can remember. It makes a perfect snack for cool, crisp autumn afternoons.

The Recipe

by volume                                                    by weight

3 large eggs                                            204 grams eggs

1½ cups sugar                                       297 grams sugar

1/2 cup oil                                                 112 grams oil

1 tablespoon vanilla                            12 grams vanilla

1 tablespoon baking powder         12 grams baking powder

2½ teaspoons cinnamon                15 grams cinnamon

1 teaspoon salt                                    4 grams salt

1½ cups all purpose flour               180 grams all purpose flour

3 large apples                                      600 grams apples

1½ cups chopped nuts                    185 grams chopped nuts



Heat the oven to 350F. Line the bottom of a 9 inch square pan with parchment paper. My parchment paper always curls up so I use a little oil or spray to help it stick to the pan.

Peel and thinly slice the apples.

Whisk the eggs, sugar, oil, and vanilla together until thoroughly combined.

Add the baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and flour and mix just to incorporate.

Fold in the apples and the chopped nuts.

Spoon the batter into the pan and smooth the top as best you can. The batter is thin enough that it will settle by itself so don’t worry about it too much.

Bake for 45 minutes. Let the cake cool in the pan.

This cake is delicious while still warm from the oven but it will be much easier to cut if you wait until it is completely cool.


This apple cake is even more delicious the next day but it’s hard to make it last that long! I use pecans in this cake because I love the combination of pecans and apples but walnuts or almonds will work just as well. If you don’t care for nuts or have an allergy, simply leave them out.

This cake works nicely with more spice as well. Ginger, nutmeg, or allspice are all good options and will give more of an apple spice cake flavor.


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