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Cocoa Apple Cake

September 9, 2019

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Cocoa Apple Cake – A delicious chocolate cake with fresh apples, chocolate chips and walnuts. 

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 Cocoa Apple 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.

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 Cocoa Apple 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.

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5 from 12 votes
Chocolate Apple Cake topped with whipped cream.
Cocoa Apple Cake
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 20 mins

Moist chocolate cake made with fresh apples, chocolate chips and walnuts

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple cake, cake with apples, chocolate apple cake
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 513 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
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups grated apples
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  1. Cream together eggs, sugar, butter, water, and vanilla.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice and salt.

  3. Add dry mixture to creamed mixture.
  4. Fold in walnuts, 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.
  7. Allow cake to cool before removing from pan.

Recipe Notes
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
Cocoa Apple Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 513 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Cholesterol 44mg15%
Sodium 287mg12%
Potassium 110mg3%
Carbohydrates 68g23%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 45g50%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 518IU10%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 40mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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 I’ll be making it again and again.

    • Reply
      October 15, 2019 at 7:49 pm

      It’s one of our favorites too! 🙂

  • 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!

  • Reply
    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. 🙂 ~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 🙂

    • Reply
      September 10, 2019 at 6:45 pm

      So delicious with a cup of coffee!

  • Reply
    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! 🙂

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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 🙂 If only I could grab some from my screen 😉

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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!

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    September 9, 2019 at 5:36 am

    5 stars
    This is so perfect for fall Kathy! It looks so moist. I’ll need to get this one on my fall baking list for sure!

  • Reply
    December 29, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    5 stars
    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

    5 stars
    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

    5 stars
    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! 🙂

  • Reply
    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! 🙂

    • Reply
      September 14, 2019 at 8:28 am

      5 stars

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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!

  • Reply
    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!

    • Reply
      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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