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Apple Cake with Butter Sauce

on November 17, 2014

This recipe comes from our friend, Sven. He’s the one who has the big, old, beautiful apple tree that only bears fruit every other year. He gave me this recipe the first year he gave us apples. It comes from his mother and man, is it good! For some reason, his apple tree bore fruit this year, even though it was supposed to be the “off” year. He gave us a 5 gallon bucket full of his wonderful apples and I’ve been taking advantage and making lots of treats with them: Apple Crisp, Applesauce, and Apple Pie with Old-Fashioned Pie Crust. You can see his big, beautiful apple tree here. It’s a shame, but this is the last recipe I can make with his apples for this year. Other years, at Sven’s suggestion, I have frozen some slices to make this cake later in the winter. It works very well, and, as a matter of fact, this whole cake freezes well. Grandma would have LOVED this recipe and she would have loved to share it with her friends and family. You will love this one, too!

Apple Cake with Butter Sauce

This cake is so easy and so full of apples!

Here is the recipe as I made it:

Apple Cake with Butter Sauce

Cream together:

2 cups sugar

1 cup butter

2 eggs

Mix dry ingredients together:

2 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons cinnamon

Mix together with the creamed mixture and then add 6 apples (5 cups) peeled and cored (you can either slice or quarter them).

Put batter into a buttered 9″ x 13 pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes.

Top with Butter Sauce.

Butter Sauce

8 ounces of butter

1 cup sugar

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup half-n-half

Mix together and heat slowly until smooth.

Do not boil.

Pour over cake.


These apples really are beautiful and so tasty!


It takes a little work to peel and core, but it’s so worth it in the end. Gather some help – it doesn’t take long.


The batter is really thick, and I know it doesn’t look like it will, but it does cover the whole pan. I used two 8″ x 8″ pans for this batch. I was going to send half of it with my husband deer hunting. Hunting was cancelled – oh well. What to do with the extra cake? Hmmm.


I love how it comes out so golden and caramel-y and so FULL of apples.


Try to have it warm from the oven – that’s the best!


This makes a HUGE batch of the Butter Sauce. There’s plenty for the cake and there’s enough to pour over other things – other cake, cookies, ice cream. You could even freeze some for another time.


Try this delicious cake and sauce. You’ll love it. I know Grandma would have loved it, but I know what she’d say about it. “Plenty sweet!”


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