Apple Cake

Perfect for serving guests, this large cake is lightly flavored with cinnamon and lemon and includes diced apple.
Based on an old family recipe.
Prep Time40 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time1 hour 55 minutes
Course: Desserts - Cakes
Servings: 12 servings
Author: Catherine Christiano


  • 1 cups oil
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice from approximately 1 large lemon or 2 small
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon rind
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups unbleached flour sifted
  • 3/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 cups Granny Smith apples peeled, cored, 1/2" diced, approximately 2 apples


  • confectioner's sugar


  • Place rack in center of oven and preheat to 325°F. Grease bottom only of tube pan.
  • In large bowl of stand mixer add all ingredients except apples. Mix until uniformly blended. Stir in diced apples; batter will be somewhat stiff. Evenly distribute batter into prepared tube pan; try to eliminate any air pockets. Bake 1 hour 15 minutes or until done, when a thin sharp knife or skewer inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Allow cake to rest for 5 minutes in pan on rack. Then remove from pan. Cool completely.
  • Slide cake onto serving plate and dust with confectioner's sugar just before serving.


Baking time is for using a dark tube pan, adjust as necessary.
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