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Cocoa Apple Cake

September 16, 2015 (Last Updated: May 30, 2019)

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A delicious chocolate cake with fresh apples

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 the apples are ready.

This recipe comes from my aunt.  I remember her making it when I was a kid…. I was probably in high school or early college.  I loved it and asked for her recipe.

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 favorite!

Cocoa apple cake slice

This cake is baked in a bundt pan.  It makes a beautiful presentation, as long as it doesn’t stick to the pan.  If it sticks, it still tastes great, but it just doesn’t look so great.  The trick to getting it out of the pan starts even before you put the batter in the pan.

Start by spraying the pan well with a non-stick cooking spray.  Then take a small amount of flour and sprinkle it in the pan.

Gently rotate the pan around and tap the sides so the excess flour falls out.  You want every surface covered.  Do this tapping over a sink, unless you want to clean up a floury mess!

After the cake has cooked and completely cooled. Then the turn pan upside down and tap the bottom of the pan until the cake slides out.

If the cake sticks at all, you can try to gently release the stuck areas with a knife.  This is tough since the pan is curved.  Just before serving, dust cake with powdered sugar.

Apple Cake Cut

Tips for making Cocoa Apple Cake

  • Use a crisp, tart apple for best results
  • Grate apples just before adding to cake batter so apples don’t brown.
  • 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

A few of my other favorite desserts are raspberry brownies, chocolate mayonnaise cupcakes and oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.

5 from 3 votes
Chocolate cake baked with fresh apples.
Cocoa Apple Cake
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 20 mins

Moist chocolate cake made with fresh apples

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple cake, cake with apples, chocolate apple cake
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 616 kcal
Author: Kathy
  • 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 cup chopped walnuts optional
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 cups grated apples
  1. Cream together eggs, sugar, butter, water, and vanilla.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, cinnamon and allspice.
  3. Add dry mixture to creamed mixture.
  4. Fold in walnuts, if using, chocolate chips, and apples.
  5. Place into a bundt pan that has been sprayed with a non-stick spray and dusted with flour.
  6. Bake at 350 for 60 - 70 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
Cocoa Apple Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 616 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Fat 30g46%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Cholesterol 52mg17%
Sodium 286mg12%
Potassium 132mg4%
Carbohydrates 82g27%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 54g60%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 620IU12%
Vitamin C 1.4mg2%
Calcium 49mg5%
Iron 2.2mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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  • Reply
    December 29, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    How kind of you, Kathy, to put up this delicious recipe. I took the liberty of swapping walnuts for cranberries, to be festive. I accidentally made cookies, as I overfilled the little Christmas stocking moulds and the tops crisped up and spilled over onto the tin, so I sliced them off and now have both cookies and tiny cakes.

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    Km Koesler
    December 24, 2016 at 11:56 pm

    I’ve been hunting this recipe since the mid 1980’s! Thank you so much for posting it. I found it in a magazine once, made it, and lost the issue. I’ve been trying to replicate it ever since! It is the best apple cake in my memory. Thank you again.

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    Kim | Low Carb Maven
    June 28, 2016 at 8:23 am

    Kathy, I popped on over here from your Cherry Crisp recipe… The photo of this bundt cake would not be denied. It sounds like a wonderful recipe. Family recipes, passed down and shared, are often the best. I’m so happy you shared this stunner with us. Your photos are beautiful.

    • Reply
      June 29, 2016 at 7:08 am

      Thanks, Kim! Many of my best recipes are old family favorites! They are a favorite for a reason! 🙂

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    Manali @ CookWithManali
    September 18, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    I love bundt cakes! this cake sounds delicious! 🙂

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    Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    September 18, 2015 at 9:10 am

    This apple cocoa cake looks absolutely yummy. So stunning and full of delish flavors! 🙂

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    Cathleen @ A Taste Of Madness
    September 17, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    I totally agree. Anything baked in a bundt pan looks gorgeous. I really need to buy one..
    This cake sounds so good!

    • Reply
      September 18, 2015 at 4:57 am

      You do need to get yourself a bundt pan! You’ll love it!

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    Fran @ G'day Souffle'
    September 16, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    Kathy,I’ve recently been on a diet and lost 15 pounds, but maybe I can sneak a piece of this delicious cake!

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      September 18, 2015 at 4:58 am

      Congrats to you! This cake is awfully tempting…approach with caution!

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    Laura @ Raise Your Garden
    September 16, 2015 at 8:14 am

    You know Kathy, bundt cakes just make me happy. I have no clue why. It must be the shape. Or maybe just the fact I own one and lately I’ve been actively seeking recipes with cocoa powder to satisfy my chocolate cravings without heading down to the nearest chocolate shop and buying 2 pounds chocolate. Because that does nothing for me! And apples, excited this recipe calls for apples as my tree is thriving this year. Yay!

    • Reply
      September 16, 2015 at 4:51 pm

      This recipe sounds like it was made just for you!

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    Danielle @ So Munch Love
    September 16, 2015 at 7:31 am

    Apple cake is delish, but cocoa apple cake?! That sounds divine. I am sooooo ready for fall apple picking!

    • Reply
      September 16, 2015 at 4:52 pm

      Most of our apples need a light frost. But we have a few early eaters right now! So yummy….especially in this cake!

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