It feels like forever since I posted a dessert recipe. Okay, it’s been like a month since I posted my last sweet dessert, which was my take on the ever-so-classic fall-time pumpkin muffin, but with lots of chocolate chips (because chocolate is yum) and whole wheat flour (because it has more nutritional value than white flour and IMO it tastes just as good).
There was also my Butterscotch Pumpkin Spice Popcorn, which is also a sweet treat, but more of snack than a dessert.
Anyway… this is another one of those simple, easy-to-whip-up desserts that takes about 10 minutes of prep work and then you bake it and serve. No stand mixer required. Just a couple of bowls, a whisk, a cake pan, and a hot oven.
Yay! It’s an Apple Cake! One of my fall-time favourites, which really can be made anytime of the year.
Why do I love this recipe? First, It’s loaded with delicious apples. I used Gala apples, but any sweet apple such as Ambrosia or Red Delicious would be wonderful as well. Baking the apples brings out the sweet and tart flavours even more. They're almost melt-in-your mouth tender, especially the diced apples that are folded into the cake.
For this recipe, I used two large apples, but you can add another one for the apple topping. I made a single circular pattern using thinly sliced apple slices on top, but it would be awesome to make a more intricate pattern on top too.
The use of creamy and thick plain Greek yogurt works wonderfully in this recipe as it helps the cake maintain its tender texture. It also has a tangy flavour which contrasts nicely with the predominant sweet flavours of the cake.
In addition, the cake uses a good amount of ground cinnamon. The flavour of cinnamon is so distinct and pleasant; It warms you up when you eat it.
Then, there’s the nuts. The pecans are folded in to add a nice crunchy texture throughout the moist cake. It has a rich, nutty, and sweet (almost caramel) flavour that compliments the apple and cinnamon amazingly.
The apple cake ingredients! Full ingredient amounts and instructions listed in the recipe down below.
All the ingredients are mixed into a bowl (I combined the dry ingredients in separate bowl first).
Scoop the thick batter into a greased cake pan, flatten it into an even layer, and top it with apple slices and a little brown sugar.
Bake for 35-45 minutes at 350 degrees. I like to top it with extra pecans for more crunch. it also hides the imperfections in the appearance of the apple pattern on top :)
I hope you enjoy this recipe! If you make it, please let me know by leaving a comment down below or by sending me a picture or message on my social media.