Chunky Apple Cake Recipe

I know, I know after eating buckets of  Halloween Candy last night, no one wants something with the word “chunky” in the title. But trust me, it’s worth the risk.
Chunky Apple Cake
We had some friends join us for trick or treating and I whipped up this easy recipe to enjoy when we got home. More friends came to the door and the evening turned into an impromptu party – my favorite kind! While all the kids spent their time playing with their piles of candy (sorting, trading, counting and eating), the adults enjoyed cups of hot herbal tea and this wonderful apple cake.
(Of course, most of the kids had their candy and ate cake too. There were only a couple that declined: one won’t eat nuts, the other doesn’t like “lumpy cake”.  Oh well, more for me…)

Chunky Apple Cake Recipe
Recipe type: dessert
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I've been making this cake every fall for the last three or four years and it always gets rave reviews. Sweet, but not too rich, with delicious chunks of apple and walnut. Pour on some unsweetented raw cream for something really special. The original recipe is from Southern Living Magazine, though I have modified it slightly.
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 4 medium apples, peeled and sliced (I use Jonagolds, though Granny Smith would be nice as well)
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Stir together butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
  4. Add dry ingredients to wet. Stir until combined.
  5. Stir in apples and walnuts. Batter will be thick, more like a cookie dough than a cake batter.
  6. Spoon into a greased 13 x 9 inch pan.
  7. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  8. Tastes best when topped with cream: sweetened or unsweetened, whipped or not.
The original recipe includes intructions for making a cream-cheese frosting. I never have; I think it would be too sweet and heavy. However, you are welcome to give it a shot. See the original recipe here: Southern Living's Chunky Apple Cake.


  1. I have some whole wheat pastry flour languishing in the fridge, this sounds like the perfect use for it!! Thanks! 🙂

  2. Okay, I made this early this morning and had a piece still warm from the oven, without any topping, after coming in from milking the goat. All I can say is WOW, YUMMY, WOW!!
    If you don’t mind, I’d like to post this on my blog later today and link to you for the recipe. Let me know!
    Thanks again for this great recipe!

  3. This looks delicious! I love anything with baked apples!
    Thanks for sharing, stopping by from Works For Me Wednesdays!

  4. Yummy! Made this to go with our coffee this morning, so good. Thanks!


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