Autumn Almond Apple Cake is topped with a crunchy coating of Apple Dust Sugar and Sliced Almonds!

autumn almond apple cake with apple dust sugar


It’s the taste of Autumn, laced with spiced apples and topped with crunchy Apple Dust Sugar.  Autumn Almond Apple Cake is moist, dense and addictive, especially when paired with a creamy scoop of vanilla ice cream.   Tangy apples, cinnamon and a touch of almond makes this cake an extra special addition to any Fall menu!  I love it for breakfast too!autumn almond apple cake recipe card image

The Autumn Almond Apple Cake’s batter has just the perfect amount of sweetness that really lets the apple flavors shine.  It’s got some extra richness supplied by the addition of a bit of cream cheese too.  A little goes a long way!  

Make sure to put this recipe on your Fall dessert baking list!  I bet your family will ask for it every year during apple season.

And since it’s such a fabulous Fall dessert, it’s perfect for giving as a holiday gift to your favorite hostess and friends.  That’s why I’ve created an adorable apple themed printable recipe card for you to attach to your gift!  



I’ve been eating a variation of this cake since I was a child growing up in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

autumn almond apple cakeLooking around the web for some history, it turns out it originates in my neck-of-the-woods, in the Northeastern states.  No, there is no apparent reason for the name, it just simply is what it is.  Jewish Apple Cake So much for our history lesson!

As I do every year when apple season signals the arrival of Fall, I pulled out my Mom’s recipe. It’s handwritten on a 3″ x 5″ index card, with smudged ink, some orange juice stains and even a few drops of oil.

But, it’s in my Mom’s handwriting, so I won’t be replacing it any time soon.

One word of caution here, while this is a super simple recipe, it takes an entire “hour and a half” to bake. Yes, you read it right.  That’s a long time to bake a cake, so plan accordingly.  My roast chicken never did get in the oven the day I baked this cake!  I started too late in the day!


VARIATIONS ON A THEME – Autumn Almond Apple Cake with Apple Dust Sugar

If you’re a devotee of The Lifestyle Diva, you know I can’t leave well enough alone!  Gilding the lily is one of my favorite things to do, both in the kitchen and in my home’s decor.  I just can’t control my impulses! ingredients for autumn almond apple cake

Over the years I’ve made numerous variations of the simple and delicious original recipe.  Once I even replaced the apples with pears and cranberries with spectacular results!

I had written “add a bit of cream cheese” on the card years ago, and it’s now a regular ingredient.  Despite the original recipe having a lovely texture, I like my fruity cakes a bit denser.  Hence, adding the cream cheese.  It also lends a nice “tang” to the apple cake’s batter. 

I’m also a big fan of echoing flavor profiles in a recipe. That’s why I’ve added some almond extract to the batter, to reinforce the flavor of the sliced almonds on top.

This year’s version has a little extra “something” happening too!  I’ve topped the Autumn Almond Apple Cake with sliced almonds and my “Apple Dust Sugar”!  (I’ve even added “apple dust” to the fruit and cinnamon mixture for an extra “oomph” of apple intensity!)

You’ll find the printable recipe at the bottom of this post.




apple dust sugar hang tags and recipe cards


Here’s the secret ingredient that takes this cake “over the top”!

If you want to add a ton of apple essence to a sweet recipe, then Apple Dust Sugar delivers it with some to spare!  And, if you want to add some of that apple flavor to a savory dish, like a lovely pork loin, just add Apple Dust to your sauce!  

Once you’ve made the Apple Dust, you can use it as is, or add some sugar to make it a lovely sweet and fruity dessert topping. I like to make my Apple Dust Sugar with large-crystal sparkling sugar for lots of crunch too.

It’s just a matter of drying a big pile of thinly sliced apples in your oven or dehydrator and pulverizing them into oblivion!


I’ll tell you how to get the custom-printable HANG TAGS a little later in this article.



And don’t forget to download my special gift to you!  I’ve made a fabulous Autumn Almond Apple Cake printable recipe card for all my readers to use.  

There’s two different sizes of recipe cards for your convenience.

Just think, you can give the AUTUMN ALMOND APPLE CAKE, and include the recipe card and a bottle of your homemade topping too! 

Now that’s what I call a fabulous Fall gift combination!

Just punch a hole in the top corner and thread a ribbon or twine through to attach to your cake.  Since there’s two sizes, there’s one to give and one to keep in your recipe file!


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Now, how about packaging up some of your Apple Dust Sugar and Apple Dust for gifts this holiday season?  It makes a fabulous “little something” that you can give to your office pals and the girls in your book club! 



apple dust sugar hang tag pdf


My custom-designed hang tags make gifting your Apple Dust Sugar or Apple Dust this holiday season a snap! 

I’ve created four different sizes of three apple hang tag designs.  That means you can customize your Hang Tags to the size of your containers!  

  • Download the hang tags PDF
  • Print on white card stock, using a color printer
  • Cut out the sizes and styles of hang tags you want to use
  • Make a small hole in the top of each hang tag and thread through twine, string or ribbon
  • Tie the hang tag to your container


Just download and print the FREE PDF, and you’re in business. 


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autumn almond apple cake with apple dust sugar

Autumn Almond Apple Cake

Yield: 16 servings
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 55 minutes

The taste of Autumn laced with tangy apples and topped with crunchy Apple Dust Sugar. This moist cake is addictive, especially when paired with a creamy scoop of vanilla ice cream.


  • 5 cups apples, peeled & thinly sliced
  • 5 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. Apple Dust Sugar*
  • 2 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 3 Tbsp. orange juice
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp. almond extract
  • 3 cups AP flour
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 3 Tbsp. Apple Dust Sugar*
  • 1/3 cup almonds, sliced


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Prepare a tube or bundt pan by buttering and flouring all sides and tube.
  2. In a large bowl, combine apples, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and Apple Dust Sugar, stirring well.
  3. In a 2nd large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add eggs, sugar, oil, OJ and both extracts. Blend well.
  4. Sift together the flour, salt and baking powder. Add flour mixture to wet ingredients in 4 equal parts, beating well between additions.
  5. In prepared cake pan, start with a layer of batter, then a layer of apples. Alternate layers, ending with batter on top.
  6. Sprinkle top evenly with Apple Dust Sugar* and sliced almonds.
  7. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour, 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Nutrition Information
Yield 16 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 314Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 51mgSodium 181mgCarbohydrates 55gFiber 2gSugar 34gProtein 5g
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