Easy Raw Apple Cake

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If the essence of fall could be captured in cake form, it would be evident in this Autumnal Raw Apple Cake! Made with simple ingredients, warming spices and topped with chopped nuts and a simple glaze it is the perfect afternoon tea cake to enjoy after apple picking!

Apple cake with a slice missing on a white cake stand in the window.

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I remember my grandmother making this Raw Apple Cake at the end of every summer, often during Labor Day weekend or any brisk fall day.

This cake is a perennial autumn favorite and is filled with apples, nuts, and a blend of seasonal spices.


You will find ingredient measurements in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  • Baking Ingredients: All-purpose flour, baking powder and baking soda.
  • Sugar: Both granulated and brown sugar are used in this cake recipe for the best flavor and texture.
  • Apples: I like baking apples like Braeburn, Cortland, Honey Gold, Jonathan, Fuji, Gala, or Golden Delicious. A Granny Smith apple will give you a more tart flavor.
  • Seasonings: Ground cinnamon, mace or nutmeg, vanilla, and salt.
  • Cooking Oil: for moisture and a tender crumb.
  • Large eggs: for stability.
  • Raisins and chopped nuts: like walnuts or pecans, for texture and decoration.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will this raw apple cake last?

If you wrap it well this cake will last between 3-5 days.

Are there any other ways to decorate the cake?

Yes! You can use just the glaze or even a dusting of powdered sugar to keep it simple, or you could even bake it with a streusel topping for an extra layer of texture!

Side view of Raw Apple Cake, sliced on a white dessert stand.

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Apple cake with a slice missing on a white cake stand in the window.

Raw Apple Cake

If the essence of fall could be captured in cake form, it would be evident in an Autumn Raw Apple Cake.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 16 servings


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon mace or nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups chopped apples peeled
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup nuts walnuts or pecans, chopped


  • Preheat oven to 350 ℉ and grease or coat with cooking spray a 10-inch tube pan or cake pan.
  • Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, mace or nutmeg and salt in a bowl. Set aside.
  • Whisk oil, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla until combined. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until mixed. Then, fold in the chopped apples, raisins, and nuts.
  • Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean. Baking times will vary depending on the pan used. Cool the cake before slicing and topping with additional chopped nuts before serving.


Calories: 388kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 187mg | Potassium: 202mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 66IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: raw apple cake
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