Rachael Ray Apple Cake

"This is called "My Sister Maria's Easy Apple Cake". It is a quick and yummy cake for dessert. Good warm and topped with ice cream. It bakes in a 9x9 pan, so you do not have a ton of cake. Just enough for a nice weekday dessert. **Please note the size of the cake mix. It is a little box, I use the Jiffy cake mix. I have made this cake many times to take with a meal I have made for a friend that has been sick or had a baby."
photo by Jen Wiehl photo by Jen Wiehl
photo by Jen Wiehl
Ready In:




  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 by 9-inch square cake pan (can use a disposable foil cake pan) with 1 tbs butter.
  • Prepare cake mix as described on cake box, with 1/2 cup water and the egg.
  • Peel and dice apple into small bits. Sprinkle apples with cinnamon and sugar and mix well.
  • Pour cake batter into prepared cake pan. Spread apples on top of cake batter, evenly covering the entire top of the cake. ( I tend to put a little more towards the edges so that when the cake rises in the oven the apples don't fall to the center of the cake.).
  • Bake 20 to 25 minutes.
  • Best if served warm with ice cream. Very good at room temperature though.

Questions & Replies

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  1. Sonja G.
    If I double the recipe how long should I bake it for, and do I double all the ingredients as listed?


  1. CIndytc
    I doubled this recipe as I had a regular cake mix, and it turned out good, I used honey crisp apples...
  2. linguinelisa
    Wonderful! I made it just as the recipe states and it"s warm and comforting. Great without the ice cream!
  3. Michelle S.
    This was a FANTASTIC little recipe. I made it just to have a light dessert after our meal since it has been so bitter cold. It turned out to be a HUGE hit! I followed directions exacly, but used a granny smith apple as that was all I had on hand. My husband ate 3/4 of it himself! I was told to make a bigger one next time, so Duncan Hines here I come! LOL!! It is a great light dessert with a dollop of sweetened whipped cream on top oi it, easy and quick too!
  4. VMartin
    this was so easy to make...and incredibly delicious. I also substituted the cake mix (but with duncan hines) because I had it and was too lazy to run to the store- since I had everything else. The cake is so moist and the apples on top really make it different. I definitely plan to make this again for a future family visit.
  5. Jen Wiehl
    Really, really good! Would you believe the grocery store didn't have the Jiffy cake mixes? I bought a Pillsbury one and just measured out 9 oz of mix and then used one egg and the 1/2 cup of water per your instructions. I ended up having to bake it for twice as long as you indicated, but that was probably due to the different cake mix. It turned out moist, yummy and was soooo good warm. We really liked how quick it was to make and how it doesn't make too much at one time. This is definitely a keeper. Thanks!


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