Apple layer cake baked in a loaf pan. No icing needed. Just what one needs on a chilly, fall day. A rustic apple layer cake.
I am not a fussy cake baker. In reality, I am more of a rustic type of cake baker. Cakes with lots of buttercream piled all over, is just not me. Oh, granted I like to make a fussy cake for a birthday celebration. However, for every day snacking, give me a loaf cake drizzled with a bit of icing. That is enough.
Most of the time, I don’t even bother with the icing. Like the Apple Layer Cake below. Bake it in a beautiful Nordic Ware pan and you have a gorgeous presentation.
Loaf pan cakes are perfect for a small gathering. These cakes don’t last long at my house. Which is good. Meaning it must be delicious.
I used Nordic Ware’s Apple Loaf pan. The details of the apples on top are spectacular but the basket weave on the sides are what sold me on this loaf pan. Baskets are one of my favorite containers. They are so pretty. So how could I possibly pass up this pan? I purchased mine from Williams Sonoma. Just like all my other Nordic Ware pans. Sigh.
Baked From Scratch Apple Layer Cake
This recipe for Apple Layer Cake is easy. The ingredients are simple. Pure and simple. One apple, spices, flour and butter. The apples are layered between two layers of cake batter. They bake up into a rich and moist loaf cake. Yummy.
Baking a cake from scratch doesn’t take any longer than breaking out that boxed cake mix. If you have never baked a cake from scratch, I highly encourage you to try this recipe. You won’t be disappointed.
Follow my steps below and you will be baking an apple layer cake like a pro in no time at all.
It is especially perfect for fall. Apple after all.
Begin this recipe for Apple Layer Cake with a beautiful Granny Smith apple. Granny Smith is the perfect baking apple. Not too sweet. Firm enough that it won’t lose it’s shape in the cake.
Peel and chop the apple. Give it a rough chop. Not too small. You want some chunks in the apple filling.
Add Brown Sugar
Measure brown sugar into a dry measuring cup. Don’t use a liquid measuring cup. Your measurements won’t be accurate.
Pour into a medium size bowl. Add the cinnamon and ginger. Mix well.
Add the chopped apples to the cinnamon sugar mixture. Set aside.
Creaming The Butter And Sugar
Place one stick of softened butter into the bowl of a stand mixer. Or use a hand mixer. Add sugar to butter in bowl. Mix till well combined. You are looking for creamy texture.
Time To Add Eggs
I always crack my eggs into a small bowl before adding them to my mixing bowl. This way if any stray shell finds its way in my egg, I can remove it easily. Try doing that after the egg is cracked into your batter. Not fun.
Whip the eggs into the creamed mixture.
Add remaining ingredients. Mix till combined. Do not over mix. This will toughen your cake. You don’t want that.
Your batter should look like this. Beautiful.
Pour ½ of the cake batter into greased loaf pan. Spread evenly in pan.
Layer apple filling on top of batter in loaf pan.
Pour remaining cake batter over top of apples. Spread batter to completely cover apple filling.
Place loaf pan in preheated 350° oven for 50 minutes or until done. Use a toothpick inserted into cake to test. Use the least amount of time to bake. The toothpick should have only a few crumbs when cake is done. If not. Continue baking in increments of 5 minutes till done.
Such a treat. No need for icing on this loaf cake. It is delicious as is..
Here’s a hint for you. Wait till the cake is completely cooled before slicing. Otherwise you may end up cracking the sides. Oops.
If you enjpyed this recipe try my Lemon Pound Cake.