The best baking apples have sweet and tart flavor and hold up as they cook. We like to use Honeycrisp, Braeburn, and Gala here.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens


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  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 13x9x2-inch baking pan; set aside. Peel, core, and coarsely shred one of the apples. Thinly slice remaining apple, removing seeds; cover and set apples aside. In a large bowl whisk together the butter, brown sugar, apple butter, eggs, and vanilla until smooth. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; whisk until combined. Fold in dried and fresh shredded apple. Spread batter into prepared pan. Arrange apple slices over batter.

  • Bake about 40 minutes or until golden and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Remove to a wire rack. Spoon Maple Icing over hot cake; spread evenly, using a pastry brush if necessary. Cool completely. Dust with apple pie spice or ground cinnamon.

Maple Icing

In a small bowl stir together 1 tablespoon melted butter, 1 tablespoon maple syrup, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla, and 1 tablespoon milk until smooth.

To Store:

Cover tightly in foil to preserve for leftovers.

Nutrition Facts

209 calories; 4 g total fat; 2 g saturated fat; 0 g polyunsaturated fat; 1 g monounsaturated fat; 24 mg cholesterol; 141 mg sodium. 130 mg potassium; 43 g carbohydrates; 1 g fiber; 33 g sugar; 2 g protein; 0 g trans fatty acid; 135 IU vitamin a; 1 mg vitamin c; 0 mg thiamin; 0 mg riboflavin; 1 mg niacin equivalents; 0 mg vitamin b6; 19 mcg folate; 0 mcg vitamin b12; 36 mg calcium; 1 mg iron;

Reviews (4)

38 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 18
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: Unrated
I couldn't find apple butter so I just used unsweetened applesauce and it was fantastic!!  A big hit at the office.  I would make this again.  Super moist.
Rating: Unrated
Delicious, even without the frosting. I just don't need those extra calories!  Flavor intense, with pleasantly moist texture.  Needed about 45 minutes baking time in my convection oven, and probably could have benefitted from 5 more minutes.  Still wonderful, and I plan to make it again, as it was very easy to put together and satisfies deeply.
Rating: Unrated
This was a complete disaster - 40 minutes and it was still wet, wet, wet.  After another 30 minutes it seemed to be done. I took it out and tried to turn it out and it collapsed...although it had come out dry on the skewer, it was not really cooked and was puddingy.  I had to rescue it and redeem it as best I could and put it in for another 15 minutes. Thank goodness for the icing. Without that it would have looked like I had dropped it on the floor....but cake this is not: I had to serve it as a dessert. Huge embarrassment.
Rating: Unrated
Made this for my family on New Years Day.  Served w/homemade infused cinnamon whipped cream.  Definitely a "comfort" dessert.....KEEPER