Old Fashioned Fresh Apple Cake (13×9)

This 139-inch cake is a luscious, easy-to-make fresh apple cake topped with a rich brown sugar and butter glaze.

This chopped apple cake recipe couldn’t be simpler. It’s almost a one-bowl cake, and the toughest part is slicing the apples.

It’s so easy to prepare that it’s ideal for a family or autumn get-together dessert, as well as the greatest cake for potlucks.

This cake reminds me of a good old-fashioned southern apple cake. It’s rich and juicy, but also hearty. You can add nuts if you wish, but if you don’t, you can easily leave them out.

The butter and brown sugar caramel glaze (similar to a penuche glaze) really lends the final touch, but a cream cheese frosting would also be delicious.

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Ingredient Notes:

Let’s have a look at some of the components in this apple dessert. (The printable ingredient list is included in the recipe card below.)

Unsalted butter: For both the cake and the glaze, use unsalted butter. Nothing surpasses genuine butter, so use it instead of margarine in this recipe. You just will not get the same flavor.

Granulated sugar and brown sugar: Both granulated sugar and brown sugar are required in this recipe. Sugar keeps a cake moist, and brown sugar, in particular, adds a rich depth of taste.

All-purpose flour: No special flour is required for this cake. It asks for all-purpose flour, which you most likely already have on hand.

Cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger: These warm spices provide a distinct autumn taste to the cake. It also enhances the flavor of the apples.

Peeled and chopped apples: You’ll need apples for a fresh apple cake, and a couple to peel and chop. However, you should cut them into inch-sized pieces rather than huge chunks.

I love Honeycrisp apples, but for additional information on what varieties of apples you may use for this cake, see the FAQ section below.

Optional chopped walnuts or pecans: These give a lot of flavor and crunch to the cake.

How to make this cake:

Let’s speak about how to prepare this simple, from-scratch apple sheet cake. (Printable directions are included in the recipe card below.)

Step 1:

First, you’ll work on the cake. To prevent the cake from sticking, spray a 139-inch glass pan with baking spray.

Step 2:

Next, peel and cut the apples into 1-inch pieces and lay them aside while you create the batter.

Then, in a large mixing bowl, combine the softened butter, oil, sugars, eggs, and extract, and whisk well.

Step 3:

Now, stir the dry ingredients (but not the apples) into the liquid components using a big wooden spoon.

This does not need the use of an electric mixer. Just make sure you just stir the items until they are evenly blended.

Step 4:

Then, using a wide wooden spoon, whisk in the diced apples and chopped nuts. At this time, the batter will be extremely thick.

Step 5:

Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan and bake for 35-40 minutes at 325 degrees. If the top of the cake begins to brown too rapidly, just cover it with foil.

Step 6:

Set aside on a wire rack to cool while you mix the glaze.

Step 7:

Mix the glaze quickly so that it does not thicken too much before pouring.

If it does, just microwave it for a few seconds to reheat it up.

Step 8:

When the glaze is ready, pour it over the warm cake and distribute it evenly. Serve the cake warm.

Tips & FAQs:

Can I use salted butter instead of unsalted butter?

If you don’t have unsalted butter, use salted butter instead, but eliminate any of the salt called for in the recipe.

Can I use margarine instead of butter?

This recipe is best made with real butter.

What type of brown sugar should I use?

Dark brown or light brown sugar may be used. Both the cake and the glaze were made using light brown sugar.

Tip for measuring flour:

or thick.When measuring flour, be careful not to overfill the measuring cup. Spoon the flour into the measuring cup and level it out; do not scoop the flour as this will result in too much flour in the batter, making the cake dry and crumbly.

What types of apples should I use?

I used Honeycrisp apples, but you could also use Granny Smith.

Do I have to add the nuts?

No, you can omit the nuts if you want.

Tip for cutting the apples:

Make careful to peel the apples and cut them into inch pieces. The apple bits should not be too large.

Tip for mixing the batter:

Make careful not to over-mix this batter. Simply blend everything until it is properly mixed. Because this is a scratch cake, over-mixing might result in a thick cake.

The cake batter is really thick, is this right?

Yes, the batter will be fairly thick; this is to be expected. Don’t add any more liquid.

How can I tell when this cake is done baking?

A toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out with a few crumbs on it or clean, but no raw batter.

I got lumps in my glaze from the confectioner’s sugar. What can I do?

Simply strain the glaze and it will be excellent.

Can this cake be made in a bundt cake pan?

I haven’t tried this cake in a bundt pan yet, but it’s worth a go!

How do I store this cake and how long does it last?

This cake may be kept at room temperature for many hours if firmly covered. After that, keep it in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, sealed with plastic wrap or in an airtight container.

This cake may be served refrigerated or at room temperature, although it tastes best when served warm. If the slices are cold, place them on a platter and microwave for approximately 15 seconds.

Can this cake be frozen?

I have not attempted to freeze this cake. The texture of the apples may alter if they are frozen. If you wish to try freezing this cake, let it cool fully before wrapping it in plastic wrap and foil and freezing it for up to a month. Make careful not to apply the glaze until the dish is completely frozen.

Place the covered cake on the counter at room temperature to defrost thoroughly before removing the wrapper. Once defrosted, drizzle with the glaze.

What’s the best way to serve/eat this cake?

This cake, in my opinion, is best served warm. You may also top it with a dollop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

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Supplies Used:

  • 139 inch cake pan
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Wooden spoon
  • Cooling rack
  • Small saucepan
  • Strainer


Old Fashioned Fresh Apple Cake (13×9)

This 13×9 inch cake is an old fashioned fresh apple cake that’s moist, easy to mix and covered in a rich brown sugar and butter glaze.



Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: old fashioned fresh apple cake
Prep Time: 20minutes
Cook Time: 35minutes
Total Time: 55minutes
Servings: 15servings
Calories: 421kcal
Author: Sweet-crush.com @Sweet-crush.com


For the Cake:

  • cupunsalted butter, softened(1 stick)
  • cupvegetable oil
  • cupgranulated sugar
  • 1cuppacked brown sugar(I used light brown sugar)
  • 3large eggs
  • 2teaspoonsvanilla extract
  • 2 cupsall-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoonbaking soda
  • 1 teaspooncinnamon
  • teaspoonnutmeg
  • teaspoonginger
  • teaspoonsalt
  • 3 cups peeled and diced apples (Cut into 1-inch sections. I used around 2 medium honeycrisp apples.)
  • 1cupchopped walnuts or pecans(optional)

For the glaze:

  • cupunsalted butter(1 stick)
  • cuppacked brown sugar(I used light brown sugar)
  • 3tablespoonsmilk
  • 1 cupsconfectioners sugar(sifted after measuring)


For the cake:

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Coat a 139-inch glass baking pan with baking spray.
  • Peel and cut the apples into inch pieces. Place aside.
  • Combine the softened butter, oil, sugars, eggs, and extract in a large mixing bowl. Whisk thoroughly.
  • Mix the dry ingredients (but not the apples) into the liquid components using a big wooden spoon or an electric mixer. Mix just until all of the ingredients are incorporated.
  • The batter will be thick, but no further liquid should be added.
  • Mix in the diced apples and nuts with a wooden spoon.
  • Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes at 325 degrees. If the top begins to brown too soon, cover it with foil. A toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out with a few crumbs on it or clean, but no raw batter.
  • After baking, place the cake on a wire rack to cool for approximately 20 minutes while you prepare the glaze.

For the glaze:

  • Melt the butter and brown sugar in a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Stir often until the sugar has melted and is largely dissolved. This will just take a few moments.
  • Increase the heat to medium-high and add the milk, allowing the mixture to come to a gentle boil. Allow it to boil for 30 seconds. Make sure to stir constantly. The solution will bubble up.
  • Remove the mixture from the heat and stir in the confectioners’ sugar. Work fast since the mixture will start to thicken. Pour the mixture through a sieve to remove any clumps of confectioner sugar. Work quickly so that the mixture does not thicken too much before you pour it over the cake. When the confectioners’ sugar has been well combined, immediately pour the glaze over the cake and spread evenly.
  • (If the glaze thickens too much before you can pour it over the cake, heat it in the microwave for approximately 15 seconds at a time, stirring after each, to thin it down somewhat.)


* The glaze can be omitted if you prefer a plain, less sweet cake although the glaze does lend a nice deep flavor because of the boiled brown sugar.This cake can be stored at room temperature, covered well, for several hours. After that, it should be stored in the refrigerator, covered with plastic wrap, or in an airtight container, for up to 5 days.This cake can be eaten chilled, or at room temperature, but is best served warmed. If cold, add slices to a plate and microwave for about 15 seconds or so.Nutritional values are an estimate. Make sure to check out the TIPS & FAQs for this recipe in the blog post, which may answer any questions you may have.This recipe card may contain affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.


Calories: 421kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 66mg | Sodium: 239mg | Potassium: 135mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 43g | Vitamin A: 446IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 2mg
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