Thursday, September 7, 2017

Apple Pie Cake

We've played with this recipe before.... and I loved it. Well, I love it even more now, because I've added a mistake to it that made us all so happy!!!


We had a birthday boy (well, man) in town for his birthday over the Labor Day holiday weekend, and it was so much fun to feed him, celebrate with him and make him apple cake. Apple cake had always been one of Zach's favorites, so this made him smile... and we smiled, too!

This recipe is simple.... It's cake-mix based and how hard can that be? But on top of that, it's cooked around four cups of apple pie filling (2 or 3 cans of good filling OR make your own, it's not hard, I promise!!!!)

Apple Pie Filling:

Peel, core and chop apples (6-8 regular apples, 5 or 6 really large ones)

Add 2/3 cup water and cook over medium heat in covered saucepan until apples are tender.


1 cup sugar
1/3 cup flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

Add to hot apples, stir gently until sauce thickens around apple chunks. Set aside.


1 Yellow cake mix
2/3 cup sour cream
1/4 cup butter, melted
3 eggs
1/3 cup oil

Mix together. Spread half of the cake mix into 13 X 9" greased and floured pan. Spread apple pie filling over cake batter.

Top with remaining cake mix...

So here is Zach, and yes... we're making the lawyer help with his own cake. Our reasoning is because it's crazy busy here during the fall pumpkin/decorative season!!!! 

Sprinkle streusel topping over the cake batter. 

3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup flour
3/4 cup chopped walnuts
3 TBSP. butter, softened
1 tsp. cinnamon

Blend all together. Sprinkle on top of cake mix in pan.

We like lots of streusel....

Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes, until center is lightly firm and a toothpick comes out with  just moist crumbs.

This has been lauded by all grown children and little peeps. If you don't love nuts, leave them out... And it's still delicious!

We had a crazy busy, fun time at the farm this Labor Day weekend... SO MANY PUMPKINS!!!! And kittens... These little kittens went to new homes this week.... Aren't they adorable?

And this one gets to stay here....

That's Cocoa.... And she's going to become a new farm cat, and hopefully a great mouser like her mama and big sister....

A cat/cats are hugely important on a farm with grain and animals and produce... Cats are a natural control on vermin (and the occasional bird, dagnabbit!).... but their worth far outweighs the occasional lack of discretion.

Books are getting written... and pumpkins are being harvested and sold... and mostly things are peaceful and good.

And that's a marvelous thing for a mother and grandmother to be able to say!

Multi-published, bestselling author Ruth Logan Herne loves writing stories that make folks laugh... and cry. With a love for women empowerment, Ruthy wants every woman to see the person God wants them to be... the person he created them to be... and to celebrate each moment with boundless joy and caring. And... when that's hard or even impossible... she wants women to know "And this too shall pass..."   And keep movin' on, just like this Toby Mac song:


  1. This cake looks awesome! I'll have to try it for the next get-together. :)

    And happy birthday to Zach! So glad you got to spend the weekend with him.

    Don't you have several fall birthdays in your family? I can't imagine how much cake you're eating these days! ;)

    1. Oh, the dessert fairy is having a great time here, that's for certain, Jan! Birthdays and fun and pumpkins and mums and sweet books and cute kids! Totally blessed!

  2. You managed to hit on my two favorite things. Pie and cake. In one. Oh my! I really have to stop visiting this site while I'm on a diet!!! This will be a great treat to try at Thanksgiving this year.

    1. LeAnne, it's the perfect fall cake for any occasion... just loaded with autumn goodness! Thanks for stopping by, I've got your coffee right here, sweet thing!!!

  3. That looks amazing!! I love seeing photos of Zach helping make it. :)

    1. He was such a good sport! When he was little, his birthday loomed with the first days of school here... and now it's FARM-MANIA!!!! Oh mylanta, it's crazy, Missy!

  4. Drooling on my iPhone over here. I'm keeping that recipe.