Apples are a fall food staple that can be used in many different ways. Whether it's crisp or pie, the sweet smell of apples is always enticing and comforting. But this apple cake is something else.

My grandma bakes and passes down her delicious recipes that show her love for her family. One of my favorite fall desserts is this scrumptious apple cake. This cake is light, balanced and remarkably easy to put together. The Granny Smith apples add a tartness in addition to the lemon rind sprinkled on top. Better yet, this recipe will truly impress your guests at Thanksgiving.

Grandma Carole's Apple Cake

  • Prep Time:30 mins
  • Cook Time:1 hr
  • Total Time:1 hr 30 mins
  • Servings:8
  • Medium


  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 4-5 Granny Smith or Gala apples peeled cored sliced
  • 3/4 lemon rind
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoon sugar
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  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare apples (peel, core and slice).

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  • Step 2

    Cream butter or margarine with sugar.

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  • Step 3

    Add eggs, flour and baking powder.

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  • Step 4

    Put parchment paper down and pat dough into greased 9-inch spring form pan.

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  • Step 5

    Fan apple slices around the spring form pan.

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  • Step 6

    Sprinkle mixture of lemon rind, cinnamon and sugar on top of apples.

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  • Step 7

    Place in oven for about an hour at 350°F.

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  • Step 8

    Take out of oven and let cake cool. Remove from spring form pan.

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  • Step 9

    To replicate my grandma's recipe, I found it surprisingly easy, delicious and it looked divine.

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