This old fashioned chocolate apple cake recipe is a game-changer, blending the sweetness of apples with the rich decadence of chocolate. You’re going to love this unique, dense dessert that will have everyone asking for the recipe!
This vintage chocolate apple cake is a delicious blend of classic flavors. The rich, chocolatey cake paired with the tartness of fresh apples results in a dessert that’s both comforting and exciting, and the straightforward recipe ensures that anyone can make it at home!
If you’re a fan of vintage cakes, you’ll also love my classic chocolate cake, which is rich and decadent. Or, for a fruity twist, try my old fashioned carrot cake recipe that features the perfect combination of spices and is topped with a thick homemade pineapple cream cheese glaze.
This recipe is in my grandma’s handwriting from her collection of recipes that I treasure. She loved to bake with Walnuts so it’s no surprise to me that this recipe has them!
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Why I Love This Recipe
- Time-Tested: This is a tried and true recipe. It’s been tested over time and always delivers amazing results.
- Flavor-Packed: Every bite of this cake is bursting with flavor. The combination of chocolate, apple, and walnuts is simply unbeatable.
- Unique: This vintage cake recipe has an unbelievably delicious combination of apple and chocolate, which is unique and super tasty.
- Comfort Food: There’s something about the warm, rich flavors of this cake that just screams comfort. It’s the perfect treat for a cozy night in.
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- All-purpose flour: This is the foundation of our recipe, providing structure to our baked goods.
- Granulated sugar: It sweetens the recipe and also helps in browning and moistening.
- Baking soda: This is our leaven agent, it helps our cake rise and become fluffy.
- Cocoa: It gives a rich chocolate flavor to our recipe for the perfect chocolate apple cake.
- Salt: It enhances the flavors of all other ingredients.
- Cinnamon: This spice adds a warm and sweet flavor that works beautifully with the apples and chocolate.
- Nutmeg: It gives a sweet and nutty flavor to our recipe.
- Allspice: It adds a bit of a kick and depth to the overall flavor to take the cake to the next level.
- Eggs: They bind the ingredients together and also provide moisture.
- Vegetable oil: It adds moisture and helps in making our cake tender.
- Apples: They add a sweet and tangy flavor and also provide moisture to make this cake perfectly unique.
- Nuts: They give a crunchy texture and a nutty flavor to our cake.
- Mixer – A mixer is essential for this recipe to beat together the eggs, oil, and apples for 3 minutes on medium speed. If you don’t have one, a whisk can also do the job, but it will require more effort.
- Flour Sifter – You’ll need a fine mesh strainer to sift the dry ingredients for this cake. It’ll ensure a smooth and well-combined dry mixture for the best results.
- Baking Pan – A 9x13x2 inch baking pan is required for this recipe. Make sure to grease it well before pouring in the batter to prevent the cake from sticking.
How to Make Old Fashioned Chocolate Apple Cake
To start off, preheat your oven to 350˚ F and grease a 9x13x2 inch pan. This will ensure your cake doesn’t stick to the pan and bakes evenly.
Step 1 – Sift the Dry Ingredients
In a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, cocoa powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. This will help to evenly distribute the ingredients and remove any lumps.
Step 2 – Beat Together the Wet Ingredients
Next, into the flour mixture beat in the eggs, oil, and 1 cup of the apples. Beat these ingredients together for 3 minutes on medium speed. This will help to incorporate air into the mixture, making your cake light and fluffy.
Step 3 – Combine the Remaining Ingredients
Stir in the remaining apples and nuts into the mixture. Once combined, pour the batter into your greased baking pan. This will add a delicious crunch and extra flavor to your cake.
Step 4 – Bake the Cake
Bake your cake in the preheated oven for 40-50 minutes. You’ll know it’s done when a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. This ensures that your cake is fully baked and ready to enjoy.
When making this classic cake, don’t rush the mixing process. Beating the batter for a full 3 minutes allows the ingredients to fully incorporate and you’ll see the color change as you mix. This may sound like a lot of time, but it’s important for the best results. So use a timer to ensure you beat the batter for 3 whole minutes.
- Nut-Free: If you’re allergic to nuts or simply don’t like them, feel free to omit the nuts from the recipe without any other changes.
- Chocolate Chips: If you’re a chocolate lover, feel free to add a cup of chocolate chips to the batter for an extra chocolatey treat.
- Spices: Feel free to experiment with the spices in this recipe. Try adding a bit of cardamom or clove for a unique flavor twist.
What to Serve With
- For a morning treat, pair a slice of this old fashioned chocolate apple cake with a steaming cup of coffee. The rich cocoa flavor of the cake complements the bitterness of the coffee, making it a perfect breakfast treat.
- Looking for a dessert idea? Serve this cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The cold, creamy texture of the ice cream contrasts beautifully with the warm, spiced cake.
- If you’re planning an afternoon tea, this cake makes an excellent accompaniment. The sweetness of the cake pairs wonderfully with a cup of robust black tea or a delicate herbal infusion.
- For a festive touch, try serving this cake with a glass of mulled wine during the holiday season. The spices in the wine echo the cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice in the cake, creating a harmoniously festive flavor profile.
Any variety of apples can be used for this recipe. However, tart apples like Granny Smith tend to balance out the sweetness of the cake nicely. I also love using Jonagold when they are in season.
Yes, you can substitute vegetable oil with the same amount of melted butter or coconut oil. Both will give the cake a slightly different flavor but will work well in the recipe.
The apples should be diced into small, bite-sized pieces. This ensures they cook evenly and blend well into the cake batter.
Yes, you can use any type of nuts you prefer or have on hand. Walnuts or pecans work great for this recipe.
Storing and Reheating
- Refrigerate: Once your old fashioned chocolate apple cake has cooled, store it in the fridge in an airtightly sealed container. It will keep well for up to 5 days.
- Reheat Instructions: To reheat, place a slice of the cake in the microwave for about 20 seconds. Be careful not to overheat as it can make the cake dry.
- Freeze: Unfortunately, this cake doesn’t freeze well due to the moist apple pieces in it. They can become mushy and alter the texture of the cake when thawed.
- What to Expect: This old fashioned chocolate apple cake recipe yields a rich, dense and moist cake that’s enough for 18 servings.
- How to Scale: If you want to serve more than 18 people, you can easily double the recipe. Just make sure to use a larger mixing bowl for combining the ingredients and a larger baking pan to accommodate the increased volume. Follow the rest of the instructions as directed.
Chocolate Apple Cake
- 2 Cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 Cups granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 Cup cocoa
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon allspice
- 2 eggs large
- 3/4 Cup vegetable oil
- 3 Cups apples diced and divided
- 1 Cup nuts finally chopped
- Preheat oven to 350˚ F. Grease a 9x13x2 inch pan.
- Sift together into a large bowl the flour, sugar, baking soda, cocoa powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice.
- To the flour mixture beat in the eggs, oil and 1 cup of the apples. Beat for 3 minutes on medium speed.
- Stir in the remaining apples and nuts. Pour into the baking pan.
- Bake for 40-50 minutes in a preheated 350˚F oven. It is done when a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.