This apple cake is so simple to prepare, you can get your kids to help. We promise it will be so delicious, your Turkey Day guests won’t even notice the apple pie is missing! apple cake, apple cake recipe, thanksgiving

Make an Easier-than-Pie Apple Cake for Thanksgiving

By: Beth Werrell
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This recipe was first published in the Connections Academy cookbook.

Why not try a different dessert this Thanksgiving? According to legend, Easier-than-Pie Apple Cake was created by a restaurant owner. At the request of loyal customers, a waitress asked him for the recipe—but he wouldn’t give it up. Undaunted, the waitress started watching her boss whenever he made the dessert and figured out the recipe for herself. Since then, she’s shared his “secret” with everyone she knows!

This apple cake is so simple to prepare, you can get your kids to help. We promise it will be so delicious, your Turkey Day guests won’t even notice the apple pie is missing!

Ingredients
4 cups uncoooked apples, peeled and chopped into chunks (any kind, but baking apples or red delicious work well)
2 tsp. baking powder
4 tsp. cinnamon
2 unbeaten eggs
2 cups flour
1 tsp. salt
1-1/2 cups sugar (can be decreased a bit if you don't want it so sweet, or increased a bit if you're using more sour or tart apples)
3/4 cup vegetable oil
Directions
  1. Dump all the ingredients into a mixing bowl.

  2. Mix all the ingredients with a wooden spoon until a little "soupy." (At first, it won't look like it could possibly become "soupy"—just keep mixing!)

  3. Pour into ungreased glass dish (13” x 9”) and bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes. (Test if it's done like you would a regular cake.)

  4. Cool for up to 5 minutes in dish before cutting into 2-3” squares.

  5. Serve warm or cold. It’s good for breakfast, snack, or dessert (especially with vanilla ice cream!).

What unusual treats does your family enjoy on Thanksgiving and other holidays? We invite you to share your offbeat family traditions and recipes in the comments below.