Gladys Langford’s Apple Cake
My grandmother often served this cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, although it truly requires no adornment. The recipe generously fills a 9×13 cake pan. As an option, you may bake in two 8-inch square pans or two 9-inch round pans. The cake freezes well and is sure to delight as an unexpected gift. Alternatively, the recipe may be cut in half. To “split” the odd egg, crack it into a small bowl, beat lightly, and add 2 tablespoons of it to the batter. Discard the other half or save for scrambled eggs.

Yields 16 servings.


  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups canola oil (see notes for substitution options)
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 cups diced apples (tart and/or sweet according to preference; I leave the skin on)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the eggs, sugar and oil.
  3. Mix in remaining ingredients and spread in greased pan(s).
  4. Bake one 9×13 pan for approximately 1 hour; bake two 8×8 square or 9-inch round pans for 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Always check a little early since oven temperatures very. This will ensure a moist cake.


  • *Substitution Options:*
  • *Oil:* You may swap up to half of the oil with unsweetened applesauce to lower the fat content; I typically use one cup of oil and one 4-ounce, single-serve cup of applesauce (these can be conveniently stored in the cupboard). Also, grape seed or another neutral-flavored oil may be used.
  • *Flour:* I have baked this cake with all whole wheat flour and a 50-50 mix. Both options result in a very good cake, although the 50-50 mix produces a lighter cake. Likewise, I have often made it with my gluten-free flour blend and no one can tell the difference.
  • *Sugar:* Lastly, if you are watching sugar content, you may reduce the sugar by 1/2 cup with no adverse effect. Although the total amount of sugar may seem high, the full recipe yields quite a large cake and requires no icing to be delicious!

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