Old-fashioned apple cake with brown sugar frosting

8 servings
15 min
45 min
Very Easy


Number of serving: 8


2 1/3 cups (9 3/4 ounces) King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour

2 cups (14 ounces) granulated sugar

2 teaspoons baking soda

3/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 teaspoons apple pie spice

2 large eggs

1/2 cup (3 1/4 ounces) vegetable shortening (trans-fat free)

4 cups (12 ounces) peeled, chopped apples (about 1 pound before peeling)

1 cup (4 ounces) walnuts, chopped

Brown Sugar Frosting:

5 tablespoons (2 1/2 ounces) unsalted butter

1/2 cup (3 1/4 ounces) firmly packed brown sugar (light or dark)

3 tablespoons (1 1/2 ounces) milk

1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) confectioners’ sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla


  • Preheat the oven to 325°F. Grease and flour a 9 x 13-inch pan. Mix all of the ingredients except the apples and walnuts in a large bowl.
  • Beat until well combined; the mixture will be crumbly. Add the apples and walnuts.
  • Mix until the apples release some of their juice and the crumbly mixture becomes a thick batter, somewhere between cookie dough and brownie batter in consistency.
  • Spread the batter in the prepared pan, smoothing it with your wet fingers. Bake the cake for 45 minutes, or until the cake tests done.
  • Remove from the oven and place on a rack, to cool completely; don’t remove the cake from pan. When the cake is completely cool, frost with Brown Sugar Frosting.
  • Frosting:
    Melt the butter in a small pan over medium heat. Stir in the brown sugar and cook, stirring, until the sugar melts. Add the milk, bring to a boil, and pour into a mixing bowl to cool for 10 minutes.
  • After 10 minutes, stir in the confectioners’ sugar and vanilla. Beat well; if the mixture appears too thin, add more confectioners’ sugar. Spread on the cake while frosting is still warm.


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