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Cocoa Apple Cake

September 9, 2019 (Last Updated: August 9, 2020)

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Cocoa Apple Cake – A delicious chocolate cake with fresh apples, chocolate chips and walnuts. This is a super moist cake baked in a bundt pan. No need for frosting, just add a dollop of whipped cream for a perfect dessert. 

A slice of chocolate cake topped with whipped cream.

Cocoa apple cake is the perfect fall dessert.  Well, actually it would be perfect for anytime of the year, but I seem to only make it in the fall when we pick fresh apples.

This recipe comes from my aunt.  I remember her making it when I was a teenager.  I loved it and asked for her recipe. Yep, I collected recipes even way back then! That recipe sat in my recipe card file for years until recently when I was flipping through the cards and found it! I quickly made this cocoa apple cake.

It was just as good as I remembered as a kid – moist, chocolaty with little bits of apple.  There’s nothing better than finding an old forgotten recipe and it becoming a new favorite!

A bundt cake sliced.

How do I make a this cake?

  1. Cream together butter, eggs, sugar, vanilla and water A bowl filled with butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice and salt Dry ingredients in a glass bowl.
  3. Combine dry ingredients with wet ingredients Electric mixer beaters in a bowlful of chocolate cake batter.
  4. Fold in chocolate chips, grated apples and chopped walnuts Apples, walnuts and chocolate chips in a bowl of cake batter.
  5. Grease and flour a bundt pan A bundt pan with a light covering of flour.
  6. Add cake batter to pan Cake batter in a bundt pan.
  7. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 60 – 70 minutes. Remove from oven and all cake to fully cool before removing from pan. A toothpick testing to see if a chocolate cake is done.
  8. To remove from pan, invert pan and gently shake. A chocolate bundt cake on a wire rack.

How do I prepare the bundt pan?

  1. Start by spraying the pan well with a non-stick cooking spray.
  2.  Then take a small amount of flour and sprinkle it in the pan.
  3. Gently rotate the pan around and tap the sides.
  4. Shake out any excess flour.

Check out this article from Pioneer Woman on Using a Bundt Pan

How do I know when the cake is done?

Insert a toothpick in the center of the cake. If the toothpick is covered with wet crumbs, allow 5 more minutes of baking. If there are just a few crumbs on the toothpick, the cake is done. If your toothpick comes out covered with melted chocolate, just use a new toothpick and select another spot to test. 

Do I need to frost this cake?

Nope. This apple cake does not need a frosting. I like to serve it with a dusting of powdered sugar or a dollop of freshly whipped cream. 

Do I have to use walnuts?

The walnuts are optional. You could use pecans instead or just leave the nuts out altogether. 

Cocoa Apple Cake with a dollop of whipped cream.


What equipment do I need?


Apple Cake Cut

Tips for making this cake

  • Use a crisp, tart apple for best results.
  • Grate apples on the large holes of a grater.
  • To avoid sticking, spray bundt pan with a nonstick spray and then add a light coat of flour. Knock off excess flour.
  • Allow cake to cool completely before removing cake.

Apple Cake baked into a round bundt cake.

Other great desserts

Don’t forget to PIN for later! A slice of chocolate cake with a dollop of whip cream on top.

If you make this recipe, Iโ€™d love to hear about it! Leave a comment below and snap a picture and tag me on Instagram @beyondthechickencoop

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Chocolate Apple Cake topped with whipped cream.

Cocoa Apple Cake

Moist chocolate cake made with fresh apples, chocolate chips and walnuts
5 from 12 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 people
Calories 513 kcal



  • 3 whole eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups grated apples
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup chocolate chips


  • Cream together eggs, sugar, butter, water, and vanilla.
  • In a separate bowl, mix flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice and salt.
  • Add dry mixture to creamed mixture.
  • Fold in walnuts, chocolate chips, and apples.
  • Place into a bundt pan that has been sprayed with a non-stick spray and dusted with flour.
  • Bake at 350 for 60 - 70 minutes.
  • Allow cake to cool before removing from pan.


  • Use a crisp, tart apple for best results.
  • Grate apples on the large holes of a grater.
  • To avoid sticking, spray bundt pan with a nonstick spray and then add a light coat of flour. Knock off excess flour.
  • Allow cake to cool completely before removing cake.


Calories: 513kcalCarbohydrates: 68gProtein: 5gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 44mgSodium: 287mgPotassium: 110mgFiber: 3gSugar: 45gVitamin A: 518IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 40mgIron: 2mg
Keyword apple cake, cake with apples, chocolate apple cake
Tried this recipe?Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

This recipe was originally posted in September of 2015. The recipe, post and pictures have been updated. 



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  • Reply
    October 15, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    5 stars
    My family loved this chocolate apple cake!!! Looks like Iโ€™ll be making it again and again.

    • Reply
      October 15, 2019 at 7:49 pm

      It’s one of our favorites too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    September 16, 2019 at 4:31 am

    This looks so delicious! I’ve never tried the apple/ chocolate combo in a cake and now I really want to!

  • Reply
    Kelly | Foodtasia
    September 13, 2019 at 7:00 am

    5 stars
    Oh yum, Kathy! So glad you rediscovered this in your recipe box! It looks wonderful! Love the addition of chocolate to the cake!

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    September 11, 2019 at 8:47 am

    5 stars
    I don’t think I’ve ever combined apples and chocolate and I love the idea! Loving apple recipes turning up as we step into fall. ๐Ÿ™‚ ~Valentina

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    Alexandra @ It's Not Complicated Recipes
    September 10, 2019 at 9:37 am

    5 stars
    What a lovely combination! A perfect cake to enjoy with my coffee ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      September 10, 2019 at 6:45 pm

      So delicious with a cup of coffee!

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    September 10, 2019 at 6:18 am

    5 stars
    I just so happen to have everything I need! The perfect autumn cake! Wonderful!!

    • Reply
      September 10, 2019 at 6:46 pm

      Time to get baking! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    September 10, 2019 at 5:21 am

    5 stars
    Family recipes are always the best and this one sounds and looks so good, especially with all those warming spices and fall vibes! Bet your house smells AMAZING as it bakes! Wish I had a big hunk right now for breakfast ๐Ÿ™‚ If only I could grab some from my screen ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    David @ Spiced
    September 10, 2019 at 4:36 am

    5 stars
    This sounds delicious, Kathy! We make apple cake (a couple different kinds actually) every Autumn, but I must admit that I’ve never done a chocolate apple cake. I’m thinking this needs to happen this year…with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream!

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