YaYa’s in the Kitchen: Apple Cinnamon Cake

YaYa’s in the Kitchen: Apple Cinnamon Cake

Apple Cinnamon Cake

YaYa’s in the Kitchen baking Apple Cinnamon Cake! The Center’s busy summer schedule means I’ve been away from baking for too long, so here goes…

The whole house is filled with the aroma of cinnamon, apples & toasted pecans!

Simple ingredients for a delicious family treat!

It’s been too long…

The first day in a long time with a moment to bake a new recipe. This is inspired by our love of all things apple, cinnamon, and in this case, pecans.

Created by this YaYa’s in the Kitchen. Of course, there are surely other recipes with similar ingredients, but this is mine for today.

Gather Your Ingredients

  • 2 cups white whole wheat flour (You can use whatever flour you prefer)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar  NOTE: I always reduce sugar to the least that seems reasonable & today I added raisins for natural sweetness.
  • 1 large apple, peeled and chopped NOTE: I used two small apples.
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts NOTE: I used pecans, you can use what you prefer or add none.
  •  1/2 cup raisins or other dried fruit NOTE:  This is optional, see note above
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce NOTE: I substitute this to reduce oil use.
  • 1/2 cup oil NOTE: If you prefer, use 1 cup oil and NO applesauce, but the cake was absolutely moist as made.
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

    It is always special to use my Mom’s chopping blade in an old wooden bowl…

Prepare to Bake 

  1. Measure and mix the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, sugar, and cinnamon in a large bowl.
  2. Measure and mix eggs, oil, applesauce and vanilla in a second smaller bowl
    NOTE: You can add the wet ingredients directly into your dry ingredients. However, if you have a little one helping, I suggest the eggs are cracked into a separate bowl in case you need to remove shell parts.
  3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix gently till incorporated. It will be thicker than a typical cake batter.
  4. Gently fold in the apples, raisins, and nuts.
  5. Pour into a 9″ or other cake pan which is greased/floured.
  6. Top with extra nuts if you’d like.
  7. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes till done in the center.

    This time, I added raisins, but any dried fruit would be a sweet touch as you reduce the sugar.

    Thank you, Adam & Zachary for my wonderful YaYa’s in the Kitchen mixing bowl set and pie (today cake) plate!

Set Your Timer

Check at 30 minutes as the pan you use and your oven will determine when it is done. Test the center with a toothpick or cake tester. Do not over bake.

It’s Time…

Enjoy it warm from the oven plain or top with ice cream, yogurt, drizzled with honey, or even a nut butter. Be creative!

YoYo (aka Andrew) , just one more minute and you can taste it!

This recipe is certainly little one friendly, so have fun baking with your family!


© 2018: All photos taken by LSG/CCC