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Old Fashioned Apple Dessert Cake

Delicious Apple Dessert Cake made from a decades-old recipe.

Old Fashioned Apple Dessert Cake with Hot Butter Sauce

My mom has been making this Old Fashioned Apple Dessert Cake for as long as I can remember.  Each year on our birthdays, my mom would let us pick the kind of cake she would make for us, and this was always the one my sister picked.  It’s that delicious.

 This is a really easy recipe, and it’s quick to make.  The sauce may seem like an excess of fat, but it really makes the cake stand out.  Without the sauce, the cake is still good, but with the sauce the cake is amazing!

Old Fashioned Apple Dessert Cake

You can use any kind of apples.  I used Gala apples, which caused my cake to be a bit darker in color.  If you want a lighter colored cake, either peel the apples first, or use a green apple.

Yield: 12

Old Fashioned Apple Dessert Cake

Old Fashioned Apple Dessert Cake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 1/2 C butter, softened (1 stick)
  • 2 C sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 C flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 C grated apple, (about 3 medium apples)
  • 1 C chopped nuts

For the Sauce

  • 1/2 C butter, (1 stick)
  • 1/2 C milk or half & half
  • 1 C sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla or rum flavoring


  1. Spray a 9 x 13” pan. Preheat oven to 350˚.
  2. Mix all cake ingredients together. It’s a stiff batter.
  3. Spread into pan.
  4. Bake for 40 minutes.

For the Sauce

  1. Bring all ingredients to a boil while stirring.
  2. Serve warm over cake.

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Wednesday 25th of November 2020

This is really great--simple but amazing. The icing really makes it stand out. I made half the cake and a quarter of the icing, though used all the rum, and it was exceptional.

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Karissa Ancell

Monday 31st of August 2015

I have never had apple cake before. We have apple pie in my family a lot but not cake.

Jamie H

Tuesday 1st of September 2015

You should try it! It has a fabulous flavor, and it's so moist and delicious!

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