Introduction: Grandmother Elise's Easy Apple Cake W/bonus Blueberry Applesauce

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When I moved out on my own, my mother gifted me the 1943 copy of "The Joy of Cooking" that had been passed down from her mother and step-mother. This is an amazing piece of family history and there are many notations and scribbles on the pages from both my maternal grandmother (whom I never knew as she passed when my mother was in her teens) and my step-grandmother Elise who was the only grandmother I knew on my mothers side.

Paging through this ancient cookbook I found this index card tucked inside. Written in the neat script of my Grandmother Elise's hand, speckled with stains and creases of age I had to try this recipe and have been hooked ever since.

Whenever I have apples that are about to go soft (my attempt at having fresh fruit in the house and not eating it) I love making this cake. My house smells AMAZING right now.

I used the extra apples that didn't make it into the cake to make Blueberry Applesauce...details at the end of this instructable.

Step 1: First Steps

Easy Apple Cake

Into a large bowl put:

4 Cups diced Apples, about 4 large apples (skin on or off, your choice. I LOVE my apple peeler!)

2 Cups Sugar


Let stand for 30 minutes

Below is a link to a shameless plug for my employers apple peeler! If you don't have one, I highly recommend buying one. It takes mere seconds to peel, slice and core an apple and rinse the peeler off and put it away. Such a time saver!

Step 2: Apples

Four Cups of chopped apples is about 4 large Apples

Toss with sugar and let stand for 30 minutes.

Apples will release juice and the mixture will be syrupy.

After apples are 'juiced up', preheat oven to 350.


1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil

2 Beaten Eggs

Step 3: Dry Ingredients


2 Cups Flour

2 tsp Cinnamon

2 tsp Baking Soda

1/2 tsp salt

Step 4: Final Steps

Blend in:

2 tsp Vanilla

1 c Chopped Nuts (optional, I do not add)

Grease/Spray a 9 x 13" cake pan and place mixture in pan.

Step 5: Baking

Bake at 350 for 40-60 minutes.

I like to bake a little longer so the edges get caramelized and crispy.

Dig in! Easiest and BEST apple cake EVER!!

Step 6: Bonus Blueberry Applesauce!

With the rest of the apples I had peeled and chopped I put in a small saucepan and added a handful of blueberries I had that were getting dried up in the fridge.

I added a splash of water and boiled for about 30 minutes then used my potato masher and blended.

No additional sweetener needed! Healthy snack/side for lunches or anytime.


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