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.


Rate this recipe:
Generate another secure code = 

Related recipes

Recipe Old fashioned orange cake
Old fashioned orange cake
6 servings
1 hour
Very Easy
5 / 5
Recipe Old fashioned butter cake
Old fashioned butter cake
8 servings
45 min
Very Easy
Recipe Carrot Cake with nuts - Video recipe !
Carrot Cake with nuts - Video recipe !
8 servings
1 hour
4 / 5
Recipe Mirabelle plum cake with almonds
Mirabelle plum cake with almonds
9 servings
50 min
Very Easy


Related articles

Impress your friends with these St Patrick's day recipes!Impress your friends with these St Patrick's day recipes!The fastest cake in the world!The fastest cake in the world!