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Cozy Apple Spice Cake

apple cake on porch 2Sometimes you just need a simple, satisfying dessert to make an evening more enjoyable.  Sometimes you crave something sweet, but somewhat healthy.  Sometimes you want something to offer your kids for a snack besides a plate of pretzels or chips.  Or sometimes you want your kitchen to have that iconic scent of apples and cinnamon baking away in your oven.  That’s when I like to make this apple spice cake.  It is still making something from scratch, which is a satisfying and healthy thing to do, but it doesn’t take much thinking, and the margin for error is pretty small (unlike making a pie with a homemade pie crust, which I also really like to do, but mostly only when I have the time and energy).  The most time-consuming part of this recipe is peeling and chopping the apples, but even that isn’t too bad, since the recipe calls for just about 4-5 apples (3 cups chopped).  This apple cake recipe is something you can pull out in a pinch when you need a comforting dessert or snack, and don’t want to go to too much trouble.  It is made up of mostly basic things I usually have on hand.  The wheat germ is the only ingredient that may not be a staple for everyone, though I like to keep it on hand to add to smoothies and muffins.  Wheat germ gives this apple cake a little extra heartiness and lots of health benefits, since it is full of fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals.  Of course, if you have a wheat allergy, this cake is probably not for you, but otherwise, I highly recommend it as a delicious, cozy, simple dessert.chopped applesapples on porch 4

Apple Spice Cake

  • Servings: 6-8
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  • 3 cups apples, peeled and chopped
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Lightly grease an 8 x 8 inch baking dish with butter.  In a medium mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until smooth.  Add the eggs and vanilla, and mix well.  In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg.  Add the flour mixture to the butter/egg mixture.  Stir in the apples and wheat germ.  Stir until just combined.  Pour and spoon the batter into the baking dish.  Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until the cake is lightly brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Serve with vanilla ice cream or on its own. Enjoy!


  1. yummyinsidemytummy

    Looks so comforting!

    • dragonflyhome

      Thank you! It is–there is something so comforting to me about apples and cinnamon.

  2. Melissa @ The Glen House

    Perfect for this time of year xx

    • dragonflyhome

      Thanks, Melissa. It is a good way to warm up!

  3. Michelle @ Giraffes Can Bake

    This cake looks so delicious, I love apples and cinnamon (I mean who doesn’t?!) and this cake looks like it definitely delivers that flavour well. I’m always a big fan of something sweet that I can put together easily and not have to worry too much about how many calories I’m eating!
    I’d love a nice big slice of this with a cup of tea or hot chocolate, preferably by a wood burning fire!

    Thanks for sharing it with us at Fiesta Friday, have a lovely weekend x

    • dragonflyhome

      Thank you so much, Michelle. Yes, a hot cup of tea goes nicely with this cake. Hope you have a good weekend too. 🙂

  4. Michelle

    Yummo- – just the recipe I needed my son & his girl are dropping in today & it’s a COLD RAINY DAY here (summer – what summer)

    • dragonflyhome

      Oh good–this will work for a rainy summer day too! Good to hear from you!

      • Michelle

        Thanks – its been a rough road of late. But thats life somtimes….good to touch base with you again too(:

      • dragonflyhome

        I hope the road smooths out for you for awhile!

  5. Ginger

    Thank you for your lovely comments on my blog-if brought me here and made me hungry 😉
    What a great cake, I haven’t seen wheat germ used in a long time!
    Ginger x

    • dragonflyhome

      Thanks for visiting my blog as well, Ginger!

  6. dragonflyhome

    Thank you so much!

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