mountain apple pound cake

Mountain Apple Pound Cake

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Mountain Apple Pound Cake is my “Welcome to Fall” Dessert. My family’s favorite cake is my husband’s grandmother’s Blue Ribbon Pound Cake (an early 1920’s recipe – YUM).


So, for me to take her recipe and change it even a little bit, is a major upset among my crew. Keeping my thoughts to myself, I went to work and mixed up this wonderful Fall version of her pound cake. I was quickly forgiven when the first bite was taken – WHEW!


I love the Fall Season, with all the emphasis on apples and pumpkins, and enjoy cooking different recipes throughout the season. So, when I saw the banner at our local product market announcing that “mountain apples” had arrived; I pulled in and loaded up. 


mountain apples


Now what to cook?


Saturday is typically the day I cook a desert for the weekend and now I had to decide how to use these fresh apples. It was way to hot for a cobbler, even though it was the second day of Fall. I didn’t want a pie or cookies, so that left “cake”. We had enjoyed pound cake the previous weekend, so cake came to mind. Hoping for the best, I pulled out the mixer and worked some magic. 


mountain apple pound cake fresh


I jokingly shared on my personal Facebook page and the requests for the recipe began. I’m not a foodie, but I promised to share, so here it is. 


I hope you enjoy this as much as we do.  



Mountain Apple Pound Cake

A super moist light and airy pound cake using fresh mountain apples. You can also add a cup of chopped nuts to this recipe. 
Course Dessert
Author Terri @ Balanced Health and You


  • 1 Cup Butter - Room Temperature Not Margarine
  • 2 Cups Sugar I used Organic Raw Cane Sugar
  • 3 Large Eggs - Room Temperature Free Range
  • 1/4 Cup Applesauce Organic
  • 2 Teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 3 Cups Cooking Apples - peeled and diced This is 360 grams of chopped apples
  • 1 Cup Chopped Pecans or Walnuts - Optional


  • Cream butter in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add sugar and blend well.
  • Add eggs 1 at a time and blending well after adding each egg.
  • Add Vanilla Extract
  • Add applesauce and blend well.
  • Combine flour, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon - mix well
    Add flour mixture to creamed mixture and mix slowly until well blended. 
  • Dredge chopped apples in 1/2 cup of flour and stir into batter. 
  • Optional - Adding Nuts: If adding nuts, dredge the nuts with the apples in the flour and stir into the batter. 
  • Pour batter into a prepared greased and floured 10 inch tube cake pan. 
    I line the bottom of the cake pan with parchment paper to eliminate the risk of sticking. 
  • Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour and 10 minutes - or until cake tester comes out clean. Each oven bakes differently, so baking time will vary. Don't open the oven door until after 1 hour of cooking time. 
  • Remove cake from oven and allow to rest for 15 minutes. Run a knife around the edges of the cake and pan to loosen and then remove cake from pan.
  • You can frost with your favorite frosting or dust with a cinnamon powdered sugar (just add some cinnamon to your powder sugar). 


This batter does not require milk or baking powder.