Super moist and easy to make, this Okanagan Apple Cake is loaded with fresh apples, raisins, and walnuts. We took an old fashioned recipe and reduced the sugar, added more apples added whole wheat flour to make make it a bit healthier!
Baking was a ‘thing’ for me as a little girl – I started young (mind you, 95% of it tasted like cardboard in the beginning, I’m sure). Growing up in the Okanagan we were forever surrounded by mountains of fruit in the summer and fall. And of course when it rains it pours (fruit, that is).
I grew up in a family where wasting food was a big no-no, and not one to get in trouble, I started experimenting with different fruit recipes to try to make the best use of whatever was in season. I modified this recipe of my Aunty Jackie’s for her famous apple cake to make it a bit healthier (sorry aunty… I couldn’t help myself). In fact, I originally posted this back in 2014 but knew I could make it just a little bit better (the perfectionist in me) … so here it is!
This cake is lightly sweetened, moist and so damned delicious. And it’s EASY. I know some recipes say that and then it really isn’t. I promise I’ve got your back here. If you can dump ingredients in a bowl and stir, you can make this.
Now, you can freeze any extras of this cake… should there be any. Just stick it in a resealable container and it should keep for up to a month frozen for those last minute guests or when you want a little something sweet without being totally indulgent.
If you want to pack this for school lunches just leave out the nuts. I have it on my to-do list to try making it vegan (my plan is to sub out the honey with maple syrup and the eggs with Bob’s Red Mills Egg Replacer or flax eggs. I’m pretty sure this would turn out amazing made with a 1:1 gluten free flour blend to make it gluten free, but again, I haven’t tried (please let me know if you do!).
And if I may be so bold, this cake pairs really well with a cup of Homemade Hot Apple Cider. Trust me, you won’t be sorry, and total bonus… your house will smell INCREDIBLE.
I’m not going to lie, we are a bit apple-obsessed over here. If you search the word apple on the blog you are sure to find more than a few results. But hey, an apple a day keeps the doctor away right?? Happy baking!
Okanagan Apple Cake
Okanagan Apple Cake
Packed with fresh apples, this Okanagan Apple Cake is moist and delicious!
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 cup chopped toasted pecans or walnuts (optional)
- 4 cups grated apple, peeled (lightly packed)
- 3 eggs (well beaten)
- 2/3 cup avocado oil or olive oil
- 1/3 cup honey
Preheat the oven to 350F and grease a 9" x 13" baking pan - line with parchment paper.
Mix together all dry ingredients in a large bowl.
In a separate medium bowl, mix together all remaining ingredients (apple, eggs, oil and honey).
Fold the wet ingredients into the dry: mix until well incorporated.
Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and bake for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.