Randy Mayor; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell
12 servings

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 2

Place the first 4 ingredients in a large bowl, and beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended (about 3 minutes). Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.

Step 3

Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and the next 5 ingredients (flour through nutmeg), stirring with a whisk. Add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately to sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture; beat well after each addition. Stir in the apple and brandy, if desired. Spoon mixture into an 8-inch square baking pan coated with cooking spray.

Step 4

Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan; cool completely on wire rack. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Ratings & Reviews

JNBank's Review

December 15, 2013
This was lacking something. The flavor was good though. I made it for dessert. It would have been better for breakfast with coffee.

Huladog's Review

November 19, 2013
Cake was great, dense but still very moist. Served with a scoop of salty caramel ice cream! Dreamy combo!

PenelopeRB's Review

October 14, 2010
Quite good, very moist. Cup up the apples into small pieces otherwise you'll have lots of soft chunks. Mix well.

EllenDeller's Review

February 05, 2010
Very nice homey cake that I would not serve at a "special occasion" but is terrific for a regular meal or mid-morning snack. Very moist-in fact, I might cut the oil to 1/8 cup next time. I will definitely add walnuts next time too, and about 1/ tsp. of cardamon, which is a great spice with apples. This took ten minutes more than the recipe called for. We left off the powdered sugar and gave it a dollop of whipped topping.

Darienne's Review

January 08, 2009
This is a really good everyday recipe. My family really liked it. Like some of the other readers, I had to cook it for a longer, 45 minutes. Cake was very moist.