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This moist and delicious no-fail One Bowl Apple Cake recipe is a keeper. Made with fresh apples and basic pantry ingredients this cake is ready in less than an hour to be enjoyed with your coffee or as a snack!!!

Enjoy this cake with some vanilla ice cream or top it up with some warm caramel sauce or better still whisk some powdered sugar on top. Loaded with fresh apples, this cake is extraordinarily simple yet so delicious.

Like bananas, there is almost always one or two apples lie around in that fruit basket craving for attention. Since from last week or so, I have been thinking about baking a snack cake. Somedays, me and my husband are so busy with meetings and calls that we hardly find time to eat breakfast or lunch. I keep healthy snacks handy in the pantry all the time but then.., there are days, when you crave something cakey to enjoy with your coffee. Well, this easy one bowl apple cake happened – out of necessity. 🙂 Sort of. :p

What I liked the best about this apple cake recipe is that, its such an easy recipe to make. Everything I needed was right there in the panty. There is no butter needed for this recipe. And the light olive oil makes this cake so fluffy and moist. Honestly, a super simple, easy-to-throw-together apple cake.

Why you will love this apple cake recipe?

One Bowl Basic Ingredients

Fresh Apples

No Butter

Ready in Under an Hour

It’s a great tasting snack cake

Ingredients needed for this One Bowl Apple Cake

Flour – I have used all purpose flour in this easy apple cake recipe. I have also baked this same cake with half GF flour and half regular flour with same amazing result.. I still have to try with whole wheat flour and almond flour in this recipe.

Brown Sugar – Brown sugar compliments so well with nutmeg and apples.

Apples – I have used granny smith apples

Nutmeg – I used about a table spoon of nutmeg in this recipe. Because I’m super crazy about nutmeg. You can either replace cinnamon with nutmeg or use both cinnamon and nutmeg.

Eggs -Eggs provide structure, leavening, richness, color, and flavor to this apple cake. Though most of my cakes are egg free, I still have to try this recipe without eggs to see the result.

OilWhisking oil and sugar together is one essential tip to make the cake spongy, fluffy and moist. Whisk until the mixture becomes fluffy because of incorporation of air.

Baking Powder – I have only used baking powder. No baking soda is used here in this recipe.

Vanilla Essence

How to make Apple Cake in One Bowl?

This moist and delicious no-fail One Bowl Apple Cake recipe is keeper. Made with fresh apples and basic pantry ingredients this cake is ready in less than an hour to be enjoyed with your coffee or as a snack!!!
  1. In a large bowl, beat sugar, eggs, oil till light and fluffy
  2. Add the flour, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and mix it gently
  3. Fold in the shredded apples
  4. Spoon into your prepared cake tin Sand even the top.
  5. Bake for 40/45 minutes
  6. Enjoy with some vanilla ice cream

Be sure to select baking apples for this recipe. Baking apples hold their shape when baked, so the chunks of fruit won’t turn into applesauce in the oven. Tart-sweet varietals such as Granny Smith, Honey Crisp, Pink Lady, Braeburn, and Jonagold are all good options. Feel free to combine different varieties for a more nuanced flavor.

Frequently Asked Questions on Easy One Bowl Apple Cake

What kind of apples are best for Easy Apple Cake?

Bon Appetit says the best apples for baking are Jonagold, Honeycrisp, Braeburn, Mutsu, Winesap, Pink Lady (Cripps Pink) but they also use Granny Smith often. I have used Granny Smith apples in this recipe. You can make this cake your own with a mix of tart and tart-sweet apples, such as Gala or Fuji.

How to avoid a dry apple cake?

A dry cake is usually the result of using the wrong ingredients, making mistakes while mixing the batter, or baking the cake too long or at too high a temperature. Once you understand how to avoid the common cake-baking blunders, you’ll bake a moist cake every time. To avoid baking a dry cake –

Use Ingredients Called For and Measure Carefully

Follow Exact Mixing Steps

Avoid Overbaking

Can I replace butter with oil in this recipe

Yes, absolutely. However, the texture of cakes made with oil is—in general—superior to the texture of cakes made with butter. Oil cakes tend to bake up loftier with a more even crumb and stay moist and tender far longer than cakes made with butter.

Can I replace cinnamon with nutmeg?

Yes, you can! Even though, I think this cake tastes great on its own you can add some cinnamon and nutmeg to the batter. Or, just the cinnamon. Both spices pair well with apples.

How else can you serve Easy Apple Cake?

Vanilla Ice cream – Apple cake and vanilla ice cream are my favorite combination.

Caramel Sauce – If you don’t want ice cream with your apple cake, drizzle some homemade warm caramel syrup on top.

Whipped Cream – Though I haven’t tried this cake with whipped cream but hey, whipped cream goes on anything, right!!

Sugar Dust – For a lighter take, dust a bit of confectioners’ sugar over top and that’s what I did.

How do you store Easy Apple Cake?

Room Temperature: Fresh apple cake stores well at room temperature for about 3 days.

Refrigerator: This cake will stay fresh in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 4-5 days.

How about some other Apple recipes?

Apple martini

Apple Donuts

Apple Pudding

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Enjoy this easy apple cake with your coffee or as a snack. Takes just one bowl and a few basic ingredients to whip up this delicious apple cake.

Enjoy this easy apple cake with your coffee or as a snack. Takes just one bowl and a few basic ingredients to whip up this delicious apple cake.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Dessert, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • 1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil 114g
  • 1 Cup Dark Brown Sugar 200g
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla essence
  • 1 and 1/4 Cup All-purpose flour 170g
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 2 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 2 Medium apples peeled and shredded
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Walnuts


  • Heat oven to 350°F
  • Spray 9-inch round cake pan with baking spray with flour.
  • In large bowl, beat oil, eggs and sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy.
  • Stir in vanilla, nutmeg flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Stir in shredded apples and walnuts. Spoon into pan.
  • Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean.
Keyword apple cake, easy one bowl apple cake, moist apple cake
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  1. Wonderful recipe. Looks delicious

  2. I love how easy this apple cake was to make and it tastes delicious! Thanks for the great recipe

  3. This apple cake looks delicious and I love how easy it comes together. Can’t wait to try it!

  4. Paired it with coffee and you are right, they both compliment each other. So delicious, great afternoon snack and breakfast too.

  5. I am in love with this apple cake. Easy and only one bowl is totally up my alley!

  6. This apple cake is so easy! I love how moist and soft it is. Yummy!