Desserts

Nobby Apple Cake

Nobby Apple Cake is an easy vintage cake recipe packed fully of apple chunks, spices and walnuts. Perfect for fall!

Nobby Apple Cake - An easy vintage cake recipe packed fully of apple chunks, spices and walnuts. Perfect for fall!

Nobby or Knobby? I’ve seen it referred to as both. You might have seen it tucked away in an old church cookbook or among your grandmother’s recipes. It’s easy to make and full of delicious sweet apple spice flavor. I love making this recipe in the fall months.

There is no frosting for this cake. It really doesn’t need it. You can it eat plain as is or top it with caramel sauce, whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Nobby Apple Cake - An easy vintage cake recipe packed fully of apple chunks, spices and walnuts. Perfect for fall!

Ingredients

You’ll need some pantry staples plus apples for this recipe.

  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Egg
  • Cinnamon 
  • Nutmeg
  • Salt
  • Baking soda
  • Flour
  • Apples – I used Honeycrisp apples. 
  • Walnuts
  • Milk
  • Vanilla extract (Did you know you can make your own homemade vanilla extract?)

Nobby Apple Cake - An easy vintage cake recipe packed fully of apple chunks, spices and walnuts. Perfect for fall!

How to Make

Preparation time will take you approximately 10 minutes, give or take.

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan.
  2. Add butter and sugar to a bowl and cream together with a mixer until combined. Stir in egg.
  3. Sift together cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, baking soda and flour. Stir into creamed mixture. Mix in apples, walnuts, milk and vanilla.
  4. Spread the mixture into the prepared baking pan. Bake for 45 minutes or until the cake tests done with a toothpick. Let cool slightly before cutting into pieces.
  5. Serve with caramel sauce, whipped cream, ice cream or plain. A sprinkling of powdered sugar would also work.

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Apples for Baking

I love using Honeycrisp apples in my baking recipes. If you can’t find them, you could also try Granny Smith apples, Braeburn apples, Pink Lady apples, Gala apples or Cortland apples.

How to Store

Store covered at room temperature for up to 3 days. You can also freeze this recipe. It will keep for up to 3 months. Make a bunch in the fall months when apples are plentiful to enjoy for a few months.

Apple Recipes

We love our apple desserts!

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Nobby Apple Cake - An easy vintage cake recipe packed fully of apple chunks, spices and walnuts. Perfect for fall!

Nobby Apple Cake

Nobby Apple Cake

Yield: 9
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

An easy vintage cake recipe packed fully of apple chunks, spices and walnuts. Perfect for fall!

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3 cups apples, diced and peeled
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Caramel sauce, for topping, if desired

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan.
  2. Add butter and sugar to a bowl and cream together with a mixer until combined. Stir in eggs.
  3. Sift together cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, baking soda and flour. Stir into creamed mixture. Stir in apples, walnuts, milk and vanilla.
  4. Spread mixture in the baking pan. Bake for 45 minutes or until cake tests done with a toothpick. Let cool slightly before cutting into pieces.
  5. Serve with caramel sauce, whipped cream, ice cream or plain.

Notes

I used Honeycrisp apples.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 9 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 240Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 331mgCarbohydrates: 42gNet Carbohydrates: NAgFiber: 2gSugar: 29gSugar Alcohols: NAgProtein: 3g

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Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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