Fresh Apple Cake with Lemon Frosting

One of the baking books* I turn to constantly refers to this kind of cake as a “neighborhood cake”, a term that I just love because it evokes that come together feel that a good cake and a cup of coffee at 4 in the afternoon embodies. When the children were still in school I loved having something ready for them to snack on when they got home that was sweet yet healthy. This cake fits the bill and is a hit when it graces the sideboard at the inn on a sunny spring afternoon. Combine bright flavors with incredibly easy to make and you have a sure winner. Thanks Joanna (my sister) for this stellar recipe.

*I find myself constantly turning to “the Sweet Kitchen”, by Regan Daley for both recipes and inspiration. It is a must have for any cook who loves to create sweet things. I am not sure if this is where the term neighborhood cake comes from or not, I couldn’t locate it when I went looking but it is a good guess


4 cups apples, cored and chopped
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 cup oil
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp salt
2 cups flour
2 tea baking soda
2 tea cinnamon, preferably Saigon or Vietnamese
1 cup raisins


Core and chop apples into about 1 inch cubes, no need to peel them

Mix the sugar and chopped apples and set aside

In a large bowl beat the eggs lightly, and add the oil and the vanilla mixing well

In a separate bowl mix the salt, flour, soda, and cinnamon and stir with a whisk to mix

Add the egg mixture and the flour alternately to the apples and sugar and mix well (by hand)

Add the raisins toward the last mixes of the flour

Stir till all the flour is moist. This will be a very dense feeling batter

Pour into a greased 9×13 pan, spreading evenly

Bake 350F for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let stand in the pan to cool. Frost with Lemon Frosting

Swiss Woods
Debbie Mosimann
Bed and Breakfast Foodie

3 thoughts on “Fresh Apple Cake with Lemon Frosting

  1. what's the rest of the recipe? how long and at what temp do i bake it for, and how do i make the lemon frosting? it looks good!

  2. ok here is the "I am in a hurry version"
    I replaced the raisins with 1/2 cup pecan pieces because I don't like raisins …. I added 1 teaspoon orange zest and 1/2 cup orange juice


    I threw ALL the ingredients in a Kitchenaid mixing bowl except the apples and used Kitchenaid mixer to blend all ingredients.
    Folded in the apples by hand and baked as directed.
    I think it took me 10 mins. Yummy

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