Apple cake with molasses cider glaze

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This time of year I’m always on the lookout for apple recipes. With local apples in markets everywhere it’s hard to resist buying them by the bushel.

The other night I combed through my mom’s big recipe binder and I came across this recipe.  It’s a tender, coffee-style cake but the addition of the glaze makes it something different altogether. I recommend doubling the glaze so you have lots of extra to drizzle over top when you’re serving the cake. Placing each piece in a pool of the sauce would be lovely too.

Apple cake with molasses cider glaze

  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • ½ cup oil
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 ½ cups peeled apples cut into 1” dice
  • ½ cup walnut pieces


  • 2 Tbsp Grandma Fancy Molasses
  • 1 tbsp cider
  • 1 tbsp butter


For cake:

  1. In one bowl, sift flour, baking soda, spices and salt.
  2. In another bowl whisk oil and sugar. Whisk in eggs, one at a time.
  3. Whisk in applesauce and vanilla.
  4. Add flour mixture, stirring just until combined. (One tip: take care not to overwork the batter.)
  5. Stir in apples and walnuts.
  6. Scrape into a greased 8” baking pan. (Lining the bottom with parchment paper will make for extra easy removal.)
  7. Bake 40-45 minutes at 325 F.

For glaze:

  1. Bring ingredient to a gentle boil, and stir for one minute.
  2. While cake is still warm remove from pan and place on a cooling rack. Poke holes in the cake with a skewer. Brush glaze over warm cake.

Serve warm drizzled with any leftover glaze.


7 thoughts on “Apple cake with molasses cider glaze

  1. Carol says:

    Sounds wonderful….the family had to cut down our
    baking apple tree….sad, we just couldn’t get rid of the worms without chemicals..

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Dear Carol, That’s too bad about your tree. I admire organic apple farmers…not sure how they manage to grow such lovely fruit.

  2. NORAH STOREY says:

    This is a must try recipe for sure.

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      It’s an old favourite. I haven’t made it since last fall but plan to buy some cider at the market this weekend. Enjoy! Also, recipe for apple gingerbread coming right up…

  3. Ann Bennie says:

    Could I use your cooking molasses in loo of fancy….love the flavour.

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Ann, Yes, you could use cooking molasses, especially since you like a more robust flavour. The sauce is delicious on gingerbread too.

  4. karen says:

    This looks mouth watering, i’m going to bake this for sure….

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