Good Eats


It’s apple picking time in Maine and apples are everywhere. You can pick them, buy them at a roadside stand, farmers market or grocery. Whatever the choice, there’s plenty of apples in many varieties.

Because of their availability and the season turning to brisk fall, one of my first impulses is to make an Apple Dapple cake. The recipe is from an old well used Southern Living cookbook, and it never fails to please.

Some years ago, I posted the recipe and with many of you being recent to Lulu’s Musings it is worth sharing again. I promise Apple Dapple will become one of your favorite cakes, and it’s likely you will be asked to share the recipe.

There is one piece of advice: use firm apples like Granny Smith or Cortland. Other varieties get a bit mushy as the cake bakes meaning there’s a real possibility it will fall apart when it is removed from the pan. It still tastes good, but it’s a bunch of broken pieces!

Apple Dapple Cake

Apple Dapple Cake

3 eggs

1 1/2 cups vegetable oil

2 cups sugar

3 cups flour

1 teaspoon each salt and baking soda

2 teaspoons vanilla

3 cups apples, finely chopped

1 1/2 cups pecans, coarsest chopped

Mix eggs, salad oil and sugar. Gradually add combined flour, salt and soda. Stir in vanilla, apples and nuts. Pour into greased and floured bundt pan and bake for one hour at 350.

While the cake is hot poke holes in the top with a toothpick and pour the topping over it. The topping is 1/2 cup each butter and brown sugar plus 1/4 cup milk. These ingredients are heated over medium heat until the sugar is completely dissolved.

Apple Dapple Cake

The cake should cool in the pan before it is turned out onto a dish. Enjoy every single bite, and if you don’t want to share, that’s OK!

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20 thoughts on “Good Eats

  1. This cake looks marvelous! Apple time is wonderful time.

  2. I will be ON IT this weekend. It was 86 here yesterday, and never moved out of the 40s today with an expected freeze tonight. With mood swing weather like that, this girl DESERVES a healthy dose of tasty apple cake! I don’t think I’ve ever had this, so it will be something delicious to try and share with neighbors so I don’t go overboard!😋 Thanks for the idea and the recipe to see it to “fruit-ion”!🍎🍎🍎

    1. So, did you make it? If so, I bet you didn’t come home with much other than crumbs.

      1. Hi! I bought the apples, but that’s as far as I have gotten so far! I had cataract surgery last week, and my eyesight has yet to return to “normal.” Hard to concentrate with my vision all off kilter! I will definitely let ya know!

    2. I have made a pie, cake and scones. I think the rest will become apple sauce.

  3. It is definitely apple season, and I used to have that classic cookbook! The cake sounds wonderful!
    Jenna

  4. What a great post: vintage cookbook, dreamy recipe, and excellent photography. My husband would give me a great big hug if I fixed this, so I’m off to find the apples!

    1. Yep, and he’ll ask you to make it again!

  5. I still have that cookbook and I love Apple Dapple cake. It is the perfect autumn cake!

    1. Is your copy as well worn as mine?

  6. This Apple Dapple cake will be on my list to make! Love the ease of this recipe! Thank you Linda!

    1. It’s a sure fire winner! BTW, when I read your posts on WordPress, how do I comment? I don’t see that as an option.

  7. You are right about using certain apples for cooking, lots of them will definitely turn to mush. The cake looks good and would be nice for breakfast with a cup of tea and perhaps a smidge after dinner. 😘

    1. Hey, don’t forgot about sneaking a piece in the afternoon!

      1. I thought about it but I didn’t want to be greedy. 😊

  8. We made the cake! It was soooo good. Shared it with two neighbors and still have some. Thanks for the recipe.

  9. Apple time here in Washington State! I’ll have to try this one.

    1. You won’t be sorry. Just be sure to use firm apples.

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