Southern Apple Cake



For the cake:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 cups thinly sliced apple
  • 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

For the caramel topping:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Pecan halves


For the cake:

  1. Do NOT preheat oven.
  2. Spray a 13×9 inch pan with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat sugar, eggs, and oil at medium speed with a mixer until smooth.
  4. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, salt, and baking soda.
  5. Stir flour mixture into egg mixture until thoroughly combined.
  6. Add apple and nuts. Gently stir until incorporated. Spread batter in prepared pan.
  7. Place pan in a cold oven. Bake at 325 degrees F. for 50 to 55 minutes. Let cool in pan.
  8. Pour warm Caramel topping over cake in pan. Instructions below.
  9. Cut into squares, and garnish with pecan halves, if desired.

For the caramel topping:

  1. In a small saucepan, bring sugars, butter, and evaporated milk to a boil over medium high heat.
  2. Cook, stirring constantly for 2 minutes.
  3. Stir in vanilla,
  4. ***Yield approximately 16 serving.