Total Time
1hr 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr

This is an family recipe from my husband's family, from his great-grandmother. They were from the South and there is a note on the recipe card "Civil War Recipe". It's a little different from the others posted, and very good.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cream the brown sugar, eggs and shortening.
  2. Add the cold coffee and mix well.
  3. Sift dry ingredients together.
  4. Add to to the creamed mixture. Mix well.
  5. Add the apples and nuts, combining well.
  6. Pour into a large baking pan, 11x15 works for me. You could also use a jelly roll pan and bake it for less time.
  7. Bake in a slow oven, 325 degrees for at least 1 hour.


Most Helpful

Very nice indeed. This is what my mother would have called a Snacking Cake. I skipped the raisins to lower the sugars and doubled the nuts (I used pecans). My sugar was 1/3 a cup of Splenda Brown Sugar and wouldn't want it any sweeter. I also used 1/2 the amount of shortening and made up the difference with unsweetened applesauce. For the spice, Penzey's Apple Pie Spice was ideal. It's moist and very well flavored, in fact I think it will be even better tomorrow. I made a 6 serving amount and baked it in an 8" cake pan. The coffee adds to the flavor and character but lays mildly in the background. Thank you Yia Yia for sharing a lovely family recipe. *NOTE*: I was right this is even better the next day and you MUST try a slice slathered with peanut butter!!!!!

Annacia August 12, 2007

Made for PAC, Spring 2007 ~ Well, I might have taken a lot away from what this cake was meant to be like, 'cause I substituted a cup of apple juice for the brewed coffee!! Still, from my point of view, the cake turned out well, & tasted just fine! If nothing else, I'd be interested in making this again for it's historical aspect!

Sydney Mike May 10, 2007

Made this according to instructions and it was really really good!!

Beansy April 22, 2007

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