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Triple Apple Cake

Triple Apple Cake

Ever since we got home from Europe it has slowly started to cool down in Florida. When I say “cool down” I mean a low in the 60’s in the evening. The cooler weather at night makes me feel like fall has finally arrived! I made this cake last month before we left for vacation when it was still very much hot, but now this cake is calling my name even more so. When I first spotted this recipe I love the idea of “layering” the apples in three ways: applesauce, fresh apple slices, and apple cider glaze!

This is also one of those ideal cakes that could be classified as dessert breakfast. Yes, I’ve created that new category in life. Last year I posted about a Coconut-Lime Berry Cake that fell into the same category. Whatever time of day you decide to eat this cake, I’m sure you’ll love it and make you fall in love with Fall all over again.

Triple Apple Cake

 Adapted from Everyday Food, September 2012

Triple Apple Cake

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 35 minutes

Yield: 12


  • 1-1/2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
  • 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2-3/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp fine salt
  • 1-3/4 cups packed light-brown sugar, divided
  • 1-1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1-1/4 cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 Granny Smith apples, cored, peeled, and thinly sliced crosswise
  • 2-1/2 cups apple cider


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Butter a 9-inch square metal baking pan and line with parchment, leaving a 2-inch overhang on 2 sides.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt and set to the side. Using a stand mixer, beat butter and 1 1/2 cups brown sugar until fluffy. Add the vanilla and eggs; beat until combined. Reduce speed to low then add the flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with 2 additions applesauce. Beat until combined.
  3. Transfer the batter to the greased pan and smooth top. Arrange apples in 3 rows on top of the batter, overlapping slightly. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached, 1 hour 15 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack and let cool 20 minutes.
  4. While the cake is cool: in a medium pan, cook cider and remaining 1/4 cup brown sugar over medium-high until thick and syrupy, 15 to 18 minutes. Using parchment, remove cake from pan. Brush glaze over top and sides and let sit until set, 1 hour.


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10 Responses to “Triple Apple Cake”

  1. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life posted on October 18, 2012 at 7:12 am (#)

    I love that this cake has 3 different apples things in it, especially the apple layer on top. Perfect fall dessert:-)

    • Katie replied on October 20th, 2012 at 11:54 am

      Thanks Jocelyn! I was intrigued by that too!

  2. Ashley Bee posted on October 18, 2012 at 12:36 pm (#)

    This would be lovely with a warm mug of mulled cider or a pumpkin latte 🙂 I have SO MANY leftover apples that I really need to do something like this with them!

  3. Rachael {SimplyFreshCooking} posted on October 18, 2012 at 4:32 pm (#)

    Excellent recipe!! 🙂

  4. addie | culicurious posted on October 18, 2012 at 4:45 pm (#)

    I’ve recently moved pumpkin cheesecake into that category too 😉 This recipe looks yum!!

  5. Christine (Cook the Story) posted on October 19, 2012 at 9:46 am (#)

    Even though it’s hot in the day here, I agree with you that those slightly cooler mornings and evenings (as well as the shortened days) are making me crave fall foods. There’s nothing quite like apples to satisfy that craving!

    • Katie replied on October 20th, 2012 at 11:53 am

      Yes! This morning it was beautiful out… slightly cool enough to spend the morning on our back patio.

  6. Jessica@AKitchenAddiction posted on October 19, 2012 at 10:17 am (#)

    I would totally eat this for breakfast! I love all of the different ways apple is used!

  7. Audrey posted on October 20, 2012 at 8:12 am (#)

    This is another yummy way to bake with apples. I think my son would love this. I tried another recipe the other day that also has apples in it and he asked for more.

  8. Kari@Loaves and Dishes posted on October 20, 2012 at 2:05 pm (#)

    We obviously don’t live in the same part of FLA, cuz it’s not dropping to the 60’s here yet, but it is a balmy 85 in the day…Love it! I also love the apple upon apple goodness of this cake, I could snack on it all day long.

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