You have to try this fabulous flavorful, fresh apple cake to celebrate fall.

This Fresh Apple Cake is a copy cat recipe from The Apple Barn Restaurant in Sevierville, Tennessee.  It is super moist, full of flavor and apples, fabulous, and perfect for Fall!


Fresh Apple Cake

This Cake is a copy cat recipe from The Apple Barn Restaurant in Sevierville, Tennessee. It is full of apples and fabulous!
Perfect Fall piece of cake.

What inspired this Fresh Apple Cake Recipe?

How did I get this fresh apple cake recipe?  We love visiting Gatlinburg, Tennessee, during the fall.  The Smokey Mountains come alive with all the beautiful colors of Autumn.  Not only are the colors fantastic, but the streams trickle down like soothing music all through the hills.  It is relaxing to see and hear the water flowing.  One of our favorite things is to stop along the streams and see who can skip the best rocks.  We have a lot of fun seeing how far our stones will skim the water.  It is also fun seeing who can stand in the cold water the longest.  Located directly across from The Apple Barn is a beautiful stream.  It is the perfect spot to visit after a delicious meal.  While visiting the Gatlinburg area, the Apple Barn Restaurant is a must stop.

Apple Barn Restaurant

The Apple Barn Restaurant is on Apple Valley Road in Sevierville, Tennessee.  In 1976, the owners planted an apple orchard.  Then in 1981, “The Apple Barn and Cider Mill” was built.  It is a unique down-home country cooking restaurant that serves incredibly delicious food.  You start your meal with the best Apple Fritters.  They bring the fritters to the table as soon as you sit down.  The apple fritters are hot and excellent and served with perfect homemade apple butter.  Please stop by and check out their apple fritter recipe here.

Apple Barn Cookbook

The fresh apple cake recipe came from The Apple Barn Cookbook.  I doubled the apples and added a little more seasonings.  This apple cake is super moist and tastes terrific.  So, let’s get started.

First Step: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Second Step: Dry Ingredients

Sift the flour, soda, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt in a medium-size bowl and set aside.

Third Step: Wet Ingredients

Using an electric mixer, beat the oil, sugar, eggs, and vanilla at medium speed for three to four minutes until well mixed.

Fourth Step: Flour Mixture

With the mixer still running on low speed, gradually add the flour mixture.

Fifth Step: Pecans and apples

Fold in the chopped apples and pecans.

What are the best apples to use in fresh apple cake?

Use a variety of apple when baking, which will give you a mixture of textures, sweetness, and even a little tart.  Try mixing Honeycrisp and Granny Smith if you prefer a little more tart, or Gala and Fuji if you like a little more sweetness.

Sixth Step: Bake the Fresh Apple Cake

Bake 325 degrees for 1 hour 20 minutes in a 10-inch bundt pan that has been sprayed with a cooking spray for baking.

Brown Sugar Topping

  • Combine all ingredients and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  • Cook two minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Spoon over warm cake.

Do you need to refrigerate a Fresh Apple Cake?

Yes!  Because this cake is loaded in apples, it will not be fresh if not refrigerated.  It should last in the refrigerator for up to five days.

Check out The Apple Barn Cookbook, and be sure to visit The Apple Barn while in the Great Smokie Mountains.

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This Cake is a copy cat recipe from The Apple Barn Restaurant in Sevierville, Tennessee. It is full of apples and fabulous! #fall
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Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple, apple cake
Servings: 15
Calories: 324kcal
Author: Recipes for our Daily Bread


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour sifted
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • cups vegetable oil
  • 2 cups sugar
  • Three large eggs room temperature
  • Two teaspoons vanilla
  • cups pecans chopped
  • 4 cups apples peeled and finely chopped (original recipe called for 2 cups)
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 2 teaspoons milk


  • Preheat the oven 325 degrees.
  • Sift the flour, soda, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt and set aside.
  • Beat together the oil, sugar, eggs and vanilla, on medium speed using an electric mixer for 3 to 4 minutes.
  • With the mixer on low, gradually add flour mixture and beat until mixed.
  • Stir in the chopped apples and pecans.
  • Bake 325 degrees for 1 hour 20 minutes.
  • Cool 20 minutes.
  • Combine butter, brown sugar, and milk and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  • Cook two minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Spoon over warm cake.


The cake is fabulous plain but it is extremely delicious served with ice cream, whipped cream, or even custard. For a beautiful plating, sprinkle cinnamon and add fresh mint leaf. 
Fresh Apple Cake can be served warm or cold. 
Store cake covered for a day or two.  To keep longer, refriegerate and bring to room temperature before serving. 


Calories: 324kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 232mg | Potassium: 138mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 23IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 2mg

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