Thanksgiving Harvest Apple Cake

024We like to eat a lot of apples at City Boy Hens.  So much so, that I buy them by the bushel.  On their own, apples make a great snack, but combined in a cake….they are excellent.  This cake is very easy to make and is a family favorite.  It originates from memories of my childhood when it was baked by my Mom on Sunday afternoons in Winter. I guess I’ve managed to “pass the torch” because my kids love this cake as well and it always makes its first appearance of the year on Thanksgiving weekend.  Up here in Canada, we already celebrated Thanksgiving back in early October and now I have the opportunity to share this recipe with my neighbors who are “south of the border”.  I hope you give it a try.



1/4 cup melted butter

3/4 cup brown sugar

2 apples – peeled and thinly sliced


1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

3  tsp. baking powder

3/4 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/3 cup butter at room temperature

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 cup milk

1 tsp. vanilla extract



Preheat oven to 350 F.

Pour melted butter into a 10-inch cake pan.  Make sure to cover the edges of the pan.

Sprinkle sugar on top.

Add sliced apples and set aside.011 - Copy


Sift together flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.016

Cream together butter and sugar in a separate bowl.  Beat in both eggs.012

Combine milk and vanilla extract in a measuring cup.

Alternate adding 1/3 of the dry ingredients and 1/3 of the milk to the creamed butter.  Beat in between additions.

Once the final “thirds” have been added, beat the batter for 1 more minute.

013Spread batter over apples in cake pan.017

Bake for 45-50 minutes until golden brown.

Cake is done when a toothpick is inserted into the center of the cake and comes out clean.

Leave cake in pan and cool on rack for 30 minutes. 019

Now, decorate your cake with some leaves from your favorite tree.  I used 4 Japanese Maple leaves that I managed to keep before they all blew off the tree.  Contrary to dutiful son’s misunderstanding, they are not marijuana leaves.021Sprinkle generously with icing sugar and remove the leaves.024To all of my American family and friends, I wish you a great Thanksgiving weekend!


18 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Harvest Apple Cake

  1. I’ve been thinking of ways to use up my bushel of apples and I will definitely try this recipe. The leaves DO look similar don’t they?

  2. You two (above) are so funny. I always thought they did, but in all honest, I’ve never gotten close enough to tell the difference. I have learned I’ve lived a very sheltered life – not on purpose, it just was – and it’s just fine with me. I just pinned your post. I can’t wait to try this. It looks fab.

  3. Hi, CB! I have had my Grandmother’s fresh apple cake on my mind, so this lovely creation fit right in with what I have been thinking about! I love the entire layer of apples- it makes it almost a cake cobbler. (I think you just invented a new dessert! “Cake Cobbler” shops will be opening all over!). I got a big kick out of your son’s observation on the cake decoration, but it is beautiful, and would look so nice on a Thanksgiving buffet.

    Visiting from Creative Home and Garden Hop,

    Love, Joy

  4. Ha ha! I love that your son thought that your leaves were marijuana leaves!

    But seriously, I love this post and will be featuring it as my favorite at next week’s From the Farm blog hop on November 29th. I may even make this for our Thanksgiving table!

    ~Kristi@The Mind to Homestead (formerly Let This Mind Be in You)

  5. Saw you featured on another blog . Lovely post and boy does that Apple cake look and sound delish ! Hello from a fellow Canadian in south western Ontario . I was raised on a farm living off of our livestock and land and I hear and understand what you mean in your about page of keeping it simple ! We live in an old farm house in a wide spread valley village with a river and forest and just love it here ! No farm animals but are working towards our own hobbie farm one day . I am a country gal it is in my blood .Thanks for sharing . Have a good weekend !

  6. I have apples on the brain, but man oh man that looks so good. There is really nothing that isn’t good with apples. Your son cracks me up about the leaves…lol. It never dawned on me until you said that. I just thought it was so pretty and a lovely way to dress up the cake. This is a must try for me!!!

    I just wanted to stop by and let you know that your post will be featured at Thursday’s The Thankful HomeAcre Hop. I will also

    tweet, facebook, and +1 your post. Please stop by and grab the featured button at:


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