My Favorite Apple Cake

There are a lot of apple cakes out there in the world of recipes, but this is my personal favorite.

It's a small cake, enough for about 8 slices, nice after a dinner party and great for breakfast.

It's very simple to make, and you probably have everything in the house.
It uses healthy olive oil instead of butter and it's moist and delicious, sticky and sweet.

I used bourbon vanilla in the batter, but I don't expect you to have that, so substitute regular vanilla with some bourbon.

My Favorite Easy Apple Cake:

1 egg
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tbsp whole milk or heavy cream
1 tsp bourbon vanilla (or 1/2 tsp of bourbon + 1/2 tsp vanilla)
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
2 small apples, peeled and diced
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
3 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp cold water

Mix the egg, oil, milk and bourbon vanilla in a bowl and gradually add the rest of the ingredients, adding the apples and nuts last. Mix with a wooden spoon.

In an 8" springform pan, cut a piece of round parchment paper for the bottom of the pan, and butter the sides of the pan.

Spread the batter into the pan and bake 35 minutes at 350F.
While the cake is in the oven, make the icing. Mix with a fork in a bowl until it reaches the consistency you like.

Drizzle the icing with a fork while the cake is still warm.
Let rest in the pan 20 minutes before removing sides.

This cake is delicious warm out of the oven, and also excellent the next day.



STACEEYY, this looks so delicious! xxx
Nothing better than an apple cake with bourbon! And the maple glaze is a fantastic addition!
I have everything to make this cake except the apples. Will buy some and bake this. Thanks.
Jen_from_NJ said…
A must try if it is your favorite apple cake! I love olive oil in cakes too.
Ciao Chow Linda said…
With all the apple cakes out there, if this is your number one pick, it's got to be delicious. Maybe I'll toss in a bit more of that bourbon though.
Joanne said…
Apple cake for breakfast. I like the way you think.

And if this is your favorite then it must be damn good!
Pam said…
I think this could be my new favorite apple cake... it looks fantastic Stacey!
Foodiewife said…
I just fainted. I must have this. Seriously. Tomorrow morning, because I do have all of the ingredients. You little Baker, you!
Taste of Beirut said…
Sounds great! I would make it in a heartbeat and just reduce the amount of cinnamon
Melissa Wray said…
Would it wrong to admit I want to lick my computer screen right now? This looks so delicious! I must make this....
Su favorite, es mi nuevo favorite. Um um -- I love apples and I love cake, this combination never grows old. Off to the pantry, to give it a try. Thanks!
Sabine said…
Stacy, I just baked this wonderful cake and it was just as you said "sticky sweet and delicious!". What a treat. Merci!
Unknown said…
Hi, just found you on Facebook, wow, love your site;-)
This apple cake is a beauty, thanks for sharing your recipe;-)
Cooking Gallery said…
Besides chocolate cakes, I also love apple cakes, yours looks so yummy...!
Melbourne Girl said…
This looks like a real winner Stacey. I'm going to try it!! It must be the season for Apple Cakes. I have a terrific one too that I will post soon. Absolutely delish and as easy as anything
Oui, Chef said…
Oohhh...this one looks so good I'm getting light headed. Love the maple glaze and the fact that there are nice BIG chunks of apple in this cake. - S
Your favorite? Allright I have to try it now!
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Kadensgran said…
This is one of the best cakes I have ever eaten. Can't make it often or my husband and I will gain 10 lbs. as we can't stop eating it. It is now My Favorite Apple Cake too! Thank's for all of your inspirational recipes.
Ciao Chow Linda said…
Stacey - I had two puny apples in the house and was searching for a recipe today and settled on this one. I made it as apple muffins instead of a cake and threw in some raisins. Gave six to my neighbor and kept three - already I've eaten two. They are so delicious. Will be making this over and over again.
Hey Stacey, this was on my list and today was the day! Yes!!! Even had the correct vanilla, but skipped the water and used bourbon. having a nice slice now with a tad of bourbon. It's 3:00 here! I'm ready.
This one is a true keeper. Many thanks....