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Fresh Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze

Fresh Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze is a sugary sweet cake filled with fresh apples, pecans, and topped with buttery brown sugar decadence.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Cakes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Fresh Apple Cake
Servings: 12
Calories: 686kcal



  • 1 ¼ cups cooking oil
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 ½ cups self rising flour
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup nuts chopped
  • 3 apples peeled & chopped, (I use granny smith apples)


  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon milk
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar sifted



  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray 9 X 13 pan with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl or stand mixer, mix oil and sugar until well combined. Add in eggs one at a time. Slowly add in flour until combined and mix in vanilla. Fold in nuts and apples.
  • Bake for about 40 to 55 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool as your start the glaze.

Brown Sugar Glaze

  • In a saucepan, over medium heat, while stirring add butter and brown sugar and cook until it dissolves. Add in powdered sugar and milk and stir until well combined and melted into glaze.
  • Immediately pour glaze over cake and serve warm.


Mrs. Barbara makes this with self rising flour. But you can use all purpose flour if you do not have self rising. Her original recipe calls for 2 ½ cups all purpose flour, ½ teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon baking soda, and 2 teaspoons baking powder.
Check cake at 40 minutes for doneness. Cook until golden brown. Each oven and the moisture in the apple will affect cook time. Using Granny Smith or a firm apple will produce the best results.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 686kcal | Carbohydrates: 83g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 29g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 420mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 60g