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If you are obsessed with desserts and love apples and cake, then you’ll definitely fall in love with this chunky apple cake recipe. It’s the perfect fall dessert – moist, fluffy, and packed with fresh apple chunks. And it’s so easy to make, and anyone can do it! Trust me; this is one recipe you’ll want to add to your collection.

Chunky, Mouthwatering Apple Cake

You probably have those lovely juicy apples on the counter that haven’t touched for days. You are aching to do something about it, perhaps an apple pie? But how about turning it into one chunky apple cake with warm butterscotch drizzle on top? That sounds like a good idea. Let’s go ahead and gather our ingredients and jump into our recipe!

Chunky Apple Cake

Apple Pie vs. Apple Cake: Which one is better?

Choosing between the two is very difficult. Both are actually really good and can be eaten in many ways. Some with a delicate palate can easily decipher the difference and say that apple pie is so much better in terms of texture. However,regular eaters can get a little confused as both share the same flavor and aroma. Apple pie is defined by its crust and layers. It can be a single crust on the bottom or even on top. For the filling, you have a choice to make it pureed or chunky to add a little bite to it. It’s buttery, sweet, earthy, and has a hint of saltiness. While on the other hand, apple cakes are more on the soft side. It has this pillowy texture, it is moist, and all flavors are well combined in one bite. It has a texture that melts in your mouth. 

Chunky Apple Cake

Few Tweaks and Tricks

This chunky apple cake is already lovely to eat on its own. However, additional chopped walnuts can do the trick if you feel a little extra. It will give this cake more bite and texture. Also, if you are running out of time for preparation, you can remove the butterscotch sauce and replace it with vanilla ice cream or whipping cream. Dust of powdered sugar is also one good option. I love eating my apple cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top and a drizzle of butterscotch sauce. One intense craving- I know!

Tips to Consider

Granny Smith apples are a very traditional apple to use in most desserts since they bake up well and are available all year. However, you can always combine Granny Smiths with a milder apple variety if you’re concerned that they’ll be too tart.

In making butterscotch sauce, you choose between light or dark brown sugar. However, pick dark brown sugar if you aim for a bolder, more intense flavor.  

Chunky Apple Cake

Butterscotch Sauce


This actually will depend on preference, some love to eat their cake warm, while others, like me, love it chilled. The same goes for the butterscotch sauce. However, if you are aiming for a longer shelf life, place all the leftovers in an airtight container and place it inside the refrigerator. The cake will last up to 3 days, while the butterscotch sauce can be stored for weeks. 

Chunky Apple Cake

Chunky Apple Cake

It's apple season again, and what better way to enjoy them than by making a decadent Chunky Apple Cake? It has a cheerful scent that is warm, fruity, and sweet. Definitely one of the most favorite holidays treats!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 39 minutes
Total Time 59 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 15
Calories 253 kcal


  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 6 cups apples peeled and chopped


  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter cubed
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream


  • Start by creaming the butter with sugar and vanilla extract.
  • Wait until it's fluffy and pale in color.
  • Gradually add one egg at a time, ensuring it's well combined after each addition.
  • In a separate bowl, combine all the dry ingredients, such as flour, spices, salt, and baking soda.
  • Then slowly add to the butter mixture. Cream together until it becomes a little stiff.
  • Mix in the chopped apples to the cake batter.
  • Pour the cake batter into the prepared baking pan of 13x9-in size.
  • Bake at 350° F preheated oven for 40-45 minutes or until the top is little golden brown. You can also check if the cake springs back when lightly touched.
  • Once done, remove the chunky apple cake from the oven and allow the cake to cool for 30 minutes before serving.


  • Meanwhile, prepare the butterscotch sauce by combining butter and sugar in a small saucepan. Let it simmer over medium heat.
  • When the butter is fully melted, gradually add the heavy cream.
  • Over medium heat, slowly bring to a boil while stirring continuously.
  • Remove the butterscotch sauce from the heat and serve it with your chunky apple cake.


The butterscotch can be made in advance, and some can be saved for later use. Since it contains dairy, you can store the butterscotch sauce in an airtight container and keep it in the refrigerator for weeks.


Calories: 253kcalCarbohydrates: 54gProtein: 2gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 132mgPotassium: 106mgFiber: 2gSugar: 40gVitamin A: 164IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 32mgIron: 1mg
Keyword apple recipe, cake
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To Wrap It All Up 

Chunky apple cake with warm butterscotch sauce is the best way to enjoy the fall season. This dish’s sweet and savory flavors will satisfy your craving. So what are you waiting for? Try baking this at home and enjoying a delicious treat that captures the essence of autumn.

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