Merryfield Apple Cake

A nice cake that travels well for outings and works equally well for guests. 
Inspired by a recipe by the same name in The Good Housekeeping Illustrated Cookbook.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time1 hr 5 mins
Total Time1 hr 40 mins
Course: < 30 Min Prep w/Longer Cook Time, Desserts - Cakes
Servings: 9 servings
Author: Catherine Christiano


  • 2 cups unbleached flour
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups Granny Smith apples peeled and diced
  • 2/3 cup walnuts chopped
  • 1/3 cup raisins chopped
  • confectioner's sugar


  • Place oven rack in middle position and preheat oven 325 degrees F. Grease well and flour a 9-inch square cake pan.
  • In large bowl of a stand-mixer at low speed, mix well first 7 ingredients (flour through eggs), scraping down sides of bowl as necessary. Beat 3 more minutes. Stir in apples, nuts, and raisins.
  • Spread evenly in pan. Bake 1 hour to 1 hour 5 minutes, until a sharp knife inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from pan and cool on wire rack. Sprinkle with confectioner's sugar just before serving.