A Recipe For Apple Cake By Jennifer Beckstrand

The Riehl family owns a small quilt shop in Leola, Pennsylvania where they sell Amish dolls, Amish handicrafts, and books, as well as quilts. Because tourists often ask them for Amish recipes, the Riehls’ daughter Priscilla decided to write a small Amish cookbook. They sell the cookbook in their shop, and Priscilla was kind enough to send me one. Autumn time means changing leaves, crisp night air, and apples ripe from the tree, so I decided to make Priscilla’s Apple Cake for my family. It is delicious!

Here is the cover of Priscilla’s cookbook, illustrated by Priscilla herself.

Amish Recipes

Several pages of the cookbook have a recipe and then an Amish proverb or saying at the bottom. I’ll share more recipes and proverbs in later posts. This is Priscilla’s recipe for Apple Cake.

It’s a very easy recipe. I made a few changes to the recipe. Instead of chopping the apples, I grated them. I used a bundt pan, and I had to baked the cake for 55 minutes instead of 45—maybe because I live at a higher altitude than Priscilla does. When you bake it, just keep checking it every few minutes until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Then you’ll know it’s done.

Mix the eggs, sugar, and oil:

Add flour, salt, and baking soda and mix well:

flour salt and baking soda

Add apples and vanilla and mix well:

Pour into greased cake pan or bundt pan and bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees.

Pour into greased cake pan

Let cool for 5 minutes and then turn out onto cooling rack.

Cooling rack

I served it with an easy and delicious vanilla sauce.

Vanilla Sauce
½ cup butter
1 cup sugar
½ cup whipping cream
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
dash of nutmeg

Warm over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Add vanilla and a dash of nutmeg. Serve warm.

Finished Apple Cake


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4 thoughts on “A Recipe For Apple Cake By Jennifer Beckstrand

  1. Just thought I’d let you know, I made the apple cake (used the bundt pan) and served it for company tonight. They loved it. Am freezing the leftover for Monday morning Bible study! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Very good and delicious 😋
    First time I’ve made Apple 🍎cake
    I had to bake for 55 minutes
    Vanilla sauce was easy to make.
    My cake was light not a dark cake like the one in the picture

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