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Vanilla Apple Olive Oil Cake

Tender, fluffy, lightly-sweet, and absolutely scrumptious! My Vanilla Apple Olive Oil Cake is ready to make its debut into the holiday season with its Autumn-inspired spices and heartwarming flavors.

Vanilla Apple Olive Oil Cake
Vanilla Apple Olive Oil Cake

The other week, I was put up to the challenge of making a healthier version of the traditional Southern brown sugar caramel cake – the pressure was on! lol

If you know me, then you probably know how much I enjoy adding a little twist of my own to every traditional recipe creation. Testing out a new vanilla cake recipe, I also wanted to try adding some Autumn fruit into the mix! So I went with my favorite… honey crisp apples… YUM!

While I still have a little work to do on the caramel sauce, the cake itself turned out fluffy, tender, and oh. so. delicious!!

My family enjoyed it so much, that I was requested to make it again less than a week from making it the first time! Except, this time I tested it with a new maple buttercream recipe that I am sure will become a go-to holiday frosting recipe!

Vanilla Apple Olive Oil Cake
Vanilla Apple Olive Oil Cake
Food Photography Styling for the Vanilla Apple Olive Oil Cake

Now, it’s time to grab our aprons and begin baking scrumptiousness!

Vanilla Apple Olive Oil Cake

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Cooling Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 55 mins
Servings: 8


Vanilla Apple Olive Oil Cake:

  • 1 cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Salt
  • 1 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. Ground Anise
  • 1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Granulated Cane Sugar
  • 2 Eggs, room temp.
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract

Apple Mix:

  • 1 cup Apples, finely diced
  • 1/2 tbsp. Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. Ground Cinnamon

Maple Buttercream:

  • 1 cup Butter, softened
  • 2 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 2 tbsp. Maple Syrup
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 tsp. Ground Nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. Ground Cinnamon


Apple Mix:

  • In a small bowl, mix together the finely chopped apples, brown sugar, and ground cinnamon. Set aside.

Vanilla Apple Olive Oil Cake:

  • Preheat oven to 350F. Prepare two 6" cake pans by greasing each lightly with olive oil and lining the bottoms with parchment paper.
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, ground cinnamon, and ground anise.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, beat together the olive oil, brown sugar, granulated cane sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract for 3 minutes on high speed.
  • Gradually mix in the flour mixture, then fold in the apple mix. Evenly pour the batter into the prepared cake pans.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Allow the cakes to cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then cool completely on a wire rack before frosting/layering.

Maple Buttercream:

  • In a mixing bowl, beat the softened butter for 1-2 minutes. Add in the powdered sugar, then beat on medium speed for another 3-4 minutes.
  • Add in the vanilla extract, maple syrup, nutmeg, and cinnamon to beat for 2-4 minutes more. Frost the cake according to your preference.

I truly hope you all enjoy this scrumptious apple-picking-inspired cake recipe that will have you going back for seconds before you’re done with the first slice! 😉 ’till next time… xxL

For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.

Galatians 1:10 (ESV)

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