Apple Oatmeal Cake

Apple Oatmeal Cake

Apple Oatmeal Cake





With a surprise center of sweet apple slices enveloped between two soft, spongy layers of subtly spiced apple oatmeal cake, this easy bake makes the perfect treat for breakfast, snack or dessert!

Tuesday September 21, 2021

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Apple Applesauce Baking Powder Baking Soda Cinnamon Eggs Flour Oatmeal Oil Pecans Salt Sugar Turbinado Sugar Vanilla

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What is an oatmeal cake?

This oatmeal cake is almost like a muffin, but a bit more special, and made in a cake pan of course! This is definitely not too sweet of a cake so it works great for breakfasts, and it has lots of apple cinnamon flavor throughout. The oatmeal in this cake really gives it a really nice texture, while the apples in the center are reminiscent of apple pie. You really can't go wrong with this apple cake! I like to think of it as a modern spin on an old-fashioned apple oatmeal cake.

a top down view of apple oatmeal cake

What are the ingredients in Apple Oatmeal Cake?

This apple oatmeal cake may look fancy but the ingredients are very simple:

  • oats - gives the cake a nice texture; i like to use quick oats but large flake would work as well
  • apple slices - for a surpise apple center!
  • flour - helps form the base of the cake
  • baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, vanilla - small additions that add flavor and help with the texture of the cake
  • eggs - helps to keep the cake intact and moist
  • oil - to help keep the cake moist
  • sugar - helps add sweetness to the cake
  • applesauce - gives a subtle apple flavor to the whole cake
  • pecans - an optional addition that makes this cake extra special
  • turbinado sugar - the coarse sugar - to add some crunch to the top of the cake

How to make apple oatmeal cake

This cake comes together super quick and easily:

step one: grease and line a 9" baking pan

step two: peel and slice apples thin, toss with sugar and cinnamon and set aside



a collage showing a lined pan, and apples with cinnamon and sugar added

step three: in a large bowl, stir together the oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; set aside

step four: in a medium bowl, whisk together the applesauce, sugar, eggs, oil, and vanilla extract

a collage of mixing the dry ingredients followed by the wet ingredients

step five: add the applesauce mixture to the oat mixture and stir until well combined

step six: fold in the pecans


a collage of adding the wet ingredients to the dry and mixing in the pecans

step seven: pour half the cake batter into the prepared pan, then spread the apples overtop in an even layer, then top with remaining cake batter

step eight: top with turbindao sugar, extra pecans and oats if desired, then bake in preheated oven 45-50 minutes, or until cake is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean


Tips to make the best apple oatmeal cake:

  • spread your apple slices in an even layer, but leave about 1/2" border along the edge to allow the batter to seal and prevents the cake from falling apart when you lift it out
  • make sure you line the pan if you plan of removing the cake in one piece
  • sprinkle extra pecans, oats and turbinado sugar on top right before baking to make it look extra pretty
  • do no overmix the batter
  • try and cook the cake relatively soon after adding it to the pan for the best texture
  • serve heated with some whip cream for the ultimate dessert
a hand uses a cake server to lift a slice of apple oatmeal cake up

What kind of apples work best?

The best kiond of apple for this cake is one that cooks nice and soft, like Macintosh. I have tried it with many varieties and while they still work; a soft apple is my favorite.

Can I mix the apple into the cake instead?

If you do not want a layer of apple, simply cube the apple instead of slicing and mix it into the batter before adding the batter to the pan. This is another delicious way to prepare this cake

Apple Oatmeal Cake


By: Natalie Kollee
Yield: 8 Slices
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 50 Minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour


For the apples
  • 2 medium apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
For the cake
  • 1 1/2 cups oats (plus more for topping if desired)
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans (plus more for topping if desired)
For the assembly
  • 2 tablespoons turbinado sugar (optional)


a baking pan lined with parchment and greased

1. Prepare the oven and pans

Preheat oven to 350 F, grease and line a 9" baking pan

apple slices coated with cinnamon and sugar

2. Prepare the apples

In a large bowl, toss the apples with sugar and cinnamon; set aside

a bowl showing the dry ingredients

3. Prepare the dry ingredients

In another large bowl, stir together the oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt until well blended; set aside

a bowl showing all the wet ingredients is shown

4. Mix the wet ingredients

In a small bowl, whisk together applesauce, sugar, oil, eggs, and vanilla extract until smooth

a bowl with cake batter is shown with a pile of pecans on top

5. Mix the wet and dry ingredients

Pour the wet ingredients onto the dry and mix until just combined; then fold in pecans until evenly distributed

The unbaked cake is shown in the baking pan

6. Assemble the cake

Add half the cake batter to the prepared pan, followed by a layer of apples (leaving a 1/2" border near the edges), then finish off with the rest of the cake batter. Top with a few extra oats, a few extra pecan pieces, and the turbinado sugar

a slice of apple oatmeal cake is shown

7. Bake the cake

Bake the cake in the preheated oven about 50 minutes, or until the cake is a golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean

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