Ozark Mountain Apple Cake…

Ozark Mountain Apple Cake…

A long-time reader emailed me one day this week to ask for the recipe for one of my favorite desserts:  the Ozark Mountain Apple Cake.  I had featured it in My Southern Heart a couple of years ago.  She had baked it then and loved it, but lost the link.  I emailed her back with the recipe.  Since then, I’ve had this cake on my mind and wishing for a warm slice right from the oven.  It is moist, apple sweet and absolutely delicious.  It’s actually even better the second day!  So for a sweet repeat, here’s the recipe for Ozark Mountain Apple Cake.

I baked it this afternoon and the wonderful scent of cinnamon and apple filled the apartment.  I’ll enjoy a couple of slices, share some with my next-door neighbor (I am Southern after all) and then take the rest to my daughter’s house.  😉  I really shouldn’t eat a whole cake all by myself…right?!   Enjoy!

Ozark Mountain Apple Cake

2 cups sugar (The original recipe calls for 2 cups but this makes for a very sweet cake.  I usually reduce the sugar to about 1 & 1/2 cups or 1 & 3/4 cups if you’re using tart apples like Granny Smith.)

1/2 cup butter or margarine or vegetable oil

2 eggs, beaten

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 pinch of salt

2 teaspoons of vanilla

2 cups flour

2 level teaspoons baking soda

4 cups peeled and diced apples (McIntosh or Rome Beauty) (I didn’t have those particular apples and it still turned out great!)

1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Yellow raisins (I used about 1 cup regular raisins)

Mix dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately.  Combine well and pour into greased and floured 13 x 9 pan or a large cast iron skilled sprayed with Pam or other vegetable spray.  Bake 350 degrees for about 40-45 minutes.  Serve warm or cold.  May refrigerate.  Great with whipped cream!

A bowl full of Granny Smith apple chunks…


The dough will be thick and you’ll wonder if it’s going to work…but don’t worry – just stir as well as you can, spread it out, bake and enjoy!


Fresh out of the oven and a slice cut before I remembered to take a photo! 😉

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About Dianne

Although I am a true Southern Heart (I was born in Mississippi and grew up in Tennessee), I also love the Prairie, and that is where I am now.

I am a mother of three grown children - two wonderful sons and an amazing, beautiful daughter. I am a grandmother of nine - two grandsons and seven granddaughters. If you were to ask my grandchildren: they would tell you that "being a grandmother is what I do and that nothing in this world could keep me from it".


  1. I’m going to have to try that–it sounds great! It looks similar to a recipe a Terre Haute friend gave me many years ago called Apple Dapple Cake.

  2. This recipe sounds so good! I had to write it down right away! It looks easy, too, Hope you have a nice week and that your snow is melted! Hugs, Karen xx

  3. WOW. That looks fabulous. Thanks, Dianne!

  4. Drooling. Drooling. Drooling. And, on a diet. Bummer. I’d sure like to have this one in the oven by day’s end, but I’m going to resist! blessings ~ tanna

  5. Kellie from Indiana :

    Ooh this sounds soo good. I have got to try it! Thanks so much!

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