Baking as a College Kid: Apple Cake Edition

By Juliet Wilson, Copy Editor

After a weekend of apple picking with my family, I found myself with a mountain of apples. Over fifty apples were rolling around in my trunk, getting bruised and emanating their apple stench. As a person who can’t stand to eat fifty apples by themselves, I decided that some major baking needed to happen.

The first thing I made was an apple pie, but I didn’t have an opportunity to taste it. I thought about making another, but who has time to 1) go to the store and buy a premade crust or 2) make a crust from scratch? To avoid this dilemma, I turned to Pinterest to find an alternative.

I stumbled across a recipe for a delicious apple cake, which I altered and reproduced here. It’s the perfect way to get rid of a few apples and use up some of the ingredients that have been sitting in the cabinet for a while.

Cake ingredients:

  1. 2-3 apples: cored, peeled, and sliced thin.
  2. ¾ cup flour.
  3. 1 tsp. baking powder.
  4. ¾ tsp. cinnamon.
  5. ⅛ tsp. baking soda.
  6. ¼ cup granulated sugar.
  7. A pinch or two of salt.
  8. 1 egg.
  9. ¾ tsp. vanilla extract.
  10. 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar.
  11. ¼ cup and 2 tbsp. vegetable oil.
  12. ¼ cup 2 tbsp. milk.
  13. 2 tbsp. sugar.
  14. ½ tsp. cinnamon.

Topping ingredients:

  1. ⅓ cup light brown sugar.
  2. ⅓ cup sugar.
  3. 1 tsp. cinnamon.
  4. ½ cup butter.
  5. 1 and ½ cup flour.


  1. Grease 8 inch pan.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  3. To make the cake:
    1. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. 
    2. Mix together milk, vanilla, oil, and egg.
    3. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients.
    4. Pour cake batter into pan.
    5. Toss together apple slices with 2 tablespoons of sugar, ½ teaspoon of cinnamon, and the apple cider vinegar.
    6. Arrange slices over the batter.
  4. To make the crumb topping:
    1. Whisk together dry ingredients, add melted butter and fluff until crumbs form.
  5. Cover apple slices with crumb topping.
  6. Bake until topping is golden brown–about 30-35 minutes.

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