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Easy Whole Wheat Apple Cake

Easy Whole Wheat Apple Cake

Easy Whole Wheat Apple Cake

No cinnamon? That's right. I prefer it without cinnamon so I can taste the apples but add some if you like. Dice the apples into small pieces (1/4 to 1/2-inch) so they cook completely. This cake is best served while still warm. - Jenny Jones

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Makes: 8 servings

Easy Whole Wheat Apple Cake

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 3/4 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups diced apple, 1/4-1/2-inch pieces (3/4 pound Granny Smith apples)
  • (Topping: 2 Tablespoons sugar)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Grease a 9-inch round cake pan.
  3. In a large bowl sift the 2 flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  4. In a measuring cup, whisk together the buttermilk, oil, eggs, and vanilla. Set aside.
  5. Peel, core, and chop apples into small pieces, no bigger than 1/2-inch.
  6. By hand, gently stir buttermilk mixture into flour mixture. Do not over-mix.
  7. Gently fold in diced apples.
  8. Spread batter into cake pan and sprinkle 2 Tbsp. sugar over the top.
  9. Bake for 30 minutes.

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34 Comments on "Easy Whole Wheat Apple Cake"

  1. Destiny

    Could I use pears in place of apples?

  2. Sherri

    This is such a delish cake! Not too sweet or heavy, just perfect, mixes up fast and easy. — Gone that quickly too, thanks Jenny!

  3. Gerri

    Jenny,
    Not sure what happened –
    Maybe I didn’t use the right apples.
    Was really looking forward to trying it.
    Not worth making again!
    Oh well!

  4. Aimee

    Love this! It was so good. My son and I made it together. We added cinnamon (I’m a fan) and used 1c ap flour, 1/2c regular whole wheat flour. Turned out delicious! Then we proceeded to eat half of it together fresh out of the oven.
    Thank you so much! Love your YouTube channel! Love your food! Thanks for teaching me how bake and cook while making recipes a little bit healthier.

  5. Aimee

    Love this! It was so good. My son and I made it together. Then we proceeded to eat half of it together fresh out of the oven.
    Love you! Love your YouTube channel! Love your food! Thanks for teaching me how bake and cook.

  6. Helene

    I made the cake, it was very tasty, I used only white flour, no cinnamon,
    everybody in the family loved it, next time I will use a very little salt,
    I will make it again and again, thank you

  7. Terry

    Did make cake, delicious, , and most of all, so easy, did use the Demerara sugar,on top, as Sue recommended, it did indeed come nice and shiny with a crispy top, I thank her for her input, will use it more often we love the lemon blueberry muffins and bread, , will put this sugar on top, you were very spot on for amount of apples, you are earning your stripes in retirement, thank you for the great recipe healthy recipes🌹

  8. Jennie

    This one is a must try! Thank you for sharing!!

  9. Hilary T

    Mmm. That hit the spot! Just made this cake and boy is it yummy. Simple, wholesome cooking. I mixed apples and rhubarb and used Sugar In The Raw on top. Great easy recipe that came together quickly.

  10. Jere

    could you use regular flour and forget the cake flour? I have found an all purpose gluten free flour which does very well with my baked items and wondered how important the cake flour is to the recipe. Thank you for any comments. Jere

    • Jenny Can Cook

      There is no cake flour in this recipe. I have only made the cake the way it is posted.

  11. Steve

    Love your sense of humor and love your recipes and style of cooking.

    As a Polish guy from New Jersey that now lives in Oregon I miss the old style Polish cooking. You’re now my Polish connection to New Jersey. Thank you Jenny.

  12. Jacqueline Homsy

    Hi,

    Miss Jenny saw your video the dark chocolate brownie it looks sooo good and yummy to my tummy. The person that wrote those comments about you saying you suck, or something that you do not know how to cook. rude and arrogant you do not suck at all. Because some people have nothing better to do but insult others. There is a way to talk to people.

  13. Rose

    This cake looks very moist and delicious. Could a individual possibly use unsweetened applesauce in place of vegetable oil as a substitute? Thank you for this lovely cake. Apples are my favorite. Be Blessed.
    Rose🌹

    • Holly G.

      Hi Rose,
      I just made the recipe with applesauce instead of oil. Will let you know how it turns out. Should be tasty, applesauce and apples…mmm.

    • Holly G.

      The cake turned out beautifully. We had some this morning topped with fresh blueberries and a spoonful of plain yogurt. Really good!

  14. Terry

    My roommate will do the dicing, we have a deal, I cook and bake, but he is the Sou Chef, i have honey crisps now, love Granny Smiths for baking, worth the trip to market to get them, thanks so much for estimating how many I should buy I foolishly bought a pkg of Demerara Sugar, wonder if you would recommend this for a topping or should I use regular sugar, crystals too large for the topping??🌹don’t want to mess up a good and easy recipe, I did finally get to make the butter, oil mixture, no
    More sprays for me, have been buying butter spread w canola oil forever

    • Sue

      I would use the demarara sugar as a topping. It will give it a nice crunchy texture and sparkly appearance. 🙂 I sometimes use raw turbinado sugar which only works for baking/cooking because it doesn’t dissolve in cold liquids. However when used in baking it’s fantastic!

  15. Del

    Thanks, Jenny. My husband loves apple cake and will definitely try it. Also, just got some fresh rhubarb, so will use that as well. You are so special! Love you. God bless.

  16. Cathy

    Yum 😋, looks delicious I will give this a try.
    Thank you very much for bringing us new recipes 😋

  17. poopchi

    Hi Jenny it always feels like a gift came to the inbox, when I see your name come up , Jenny , I am in my early 70s ,I love new recipes, but I have to tell you this , I have been making pizza for a long time ,tried many , then I saw your deep dish pizza and I had to make it, WELL, WELL, WELL, my family and my very picky husband JUST LOVED IT GOSH , I tried it and this now will be my new cast iron recipe , its so easy I don’t have to roll any more dough, and I put the dough on med high, like you said,,on stove top then in the oven, and gosh, gosh, gosh , I guess by now you can see how happy I am, this is my recipe from now on ,I have made many of your recipes and I love the no knead bread also gosh , ty ty ty ty . your the best cook ever , I tried to get the cook book on your site, that you give for free, but it comes out to large and I cant get the print all on one sheet , but I copy all your recipes,,,, when I put this pizza on the table the girls said Jenny Right I always with a smile say YUP HEHEHE tyty ty ty again .

  18. Mary in South Dakota

    As an oldster, I really appreciate the fact your recipes are mostly bare bones and easily followed. i gave up “playing” with food long ago….Thank you Jennie!

  19. Phyllis

    Hi Jenny, The apple cake is fabulous and I must tell you that I have your
    “Look Good Feel Great Cookbook”. Have collected cookbooks for years
    (I am 85 yrs) and this is one of my treasures. Hope you will keep sending
    recipes to inspire your many fans. Love the videos and thank you!

  20. Renee

    What is pastry flour?

    • Sandra T.

      Pastry flour is made with “soft” flour, meaning it has much less protein content and produces less gluten.It produces lighter, fluffier baked items. It is worth shopping for!

    • Jenny Can Cook

      This recipe does not use regular “pastry flour,” in fact I never use it. It’s “whole wheat pastry flour.” You can learn about it in my Flour Basics: https://www.jennycancook.com/flour-basics/

  21. Brenda T.

    I can’t wait to try this! I love apple cake but many recipes I have tried you can’t taste the apples. This sounds easy and delicious! Thanks, Jenny!

  22. Sheila

    I really like that it is a one layer cake; a better size for 1-2 people. It also sounds yummy. I’m thinking of trying it with rhubarb.

  23. Geraldine

    Can you substitute the whole wheat flour with white flour?

  24. Leslie B.

    Summer fruits are coming soon. I’m thinking of peaches instead of apples. Waddya think?

  25. Ellen in Alabama

    Sounds wonderful! Can’t wait to try it. Thank you for posting!

  26. Susan M.

    Can you only use all purpose flour for this recipe.

  27. KMP

    Absolutely will be making! Thank you!

  28. Lisa P.

    It sounds yummy. I’m gonna try it without cinnamon and let you know.

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