brownie or cake, this one’s easy to make

November 7, 2010

Don’t you hate when you can’t remember where you got something that you really like?  I have a recipe that I emailed to myself nearly two years ago, and it’s driving me crazy that there’s no indication of origin.  Did I copy it from a magazine?  Website?  Did a friend give it to me?  No idea.  Argh.  Just an email, with the title ‘Apple Brownies’.  And you know what?  That name’s no help, either.  Based on the name, I thought they would be a bit dense and chewy, kind of like blondies, with apples added in.  Wouldn’t you agree?  

Rather, what you end up getting is a light, moist, amazingly flavorful apple cake.  Seriously delicious.  It looks so boring when you’re mixing the batter and putting it in the pan, and it’s so incredibly easy to make, I’m almost embarrassed to share the recipe.  But every time I make it and bring it somewhere I get several requests for it, so here goes.  The only changes I’ve made from the original are to adjust quantities and cooking time to accommodate a 9×13 pan.  Hope you enjoy!  And if you happen to be the original source for this tasty goodness, please let me know and I’ll be happy to give full credit!



1 cup (two sticks) butter, softened

2 cups sugar

2 eggs, beaten

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

6 medium apples – peeled, cored, and chopped

  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Cream butter with the sugar, egg, and salt.  Beat well.
  • Add sifted dry ingredients and mix well.
  • Stir in apples.
  • Grease and flour a 9×13 pan.  Spread batter in pan so that it reaches all corners and top is smooth.
  • Bake 45-50 minutes, until golden brown and center is set.
  • Delicious warm or cold!


  1. mmm….sounds delicious! but i agree, the name of it sounds like some kind of brownie

    • So delicious. Made one this week for mrs’ work. One coworker stopped by oh-so-casually to take a piece. SIX. TIMES.

  2. I have made this recipe before! It is yummy with ice cream, especially fresh out of the oven.

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