Apple orchard snack cake combines the flavor of graham cracker crumbs, fresh apples, butter, and sugar for a snack cake unlike any other!We have a tradition each year which has held since I was old enough to remember. My entire family piles in the car and we drive to Toney, Alabama to pay a visit to Scott’s Orchard. As a child, I remember riding back home in the back of the truck, munching on all varieties of fresh apples and trying to guess what Mama would bake first with our bounty. She would buy several baskets of different varieties and once we got home, my mother would get to cooking. Each day, it seemed, there was a new apple dish waiting on us when we came in from school. We relished each and every one.
The year my son was born, we took him to Scott’s Orchard, even though he was only two months old at the time! We’ve held up this tradition just about every year and I really enjoy taking family photos to see how the kids have grown. Of course, over the years these photos have started to show how Ricky and I have grown, too! Funny how that happens. The focus of the passing of time slowly moves from the kids growing up to us growing older. All in all, the pictures show blessings unfolding in each generation.
I often find with recipes, as with memories, it is the simple things which satisfy us the most. This recipe is the perfect example of that. A classic snack cake that is not too sweet, the simple ingredients make it a breeze to throw together. Add in the full flavor of locally grown apples (preferably from a family orchard trip!) and you can’t go wrong. It is perfect for breakfast, with a cup of coffee while visiting friends, or any other time of day. I also think of it as the ideal after school snack. The beauty of this recipe that makes it remarkably different, is that instead of flour, you use graham cracker crumbs. Combine that flavor with sugar, melted butter, chopped apples, and nuts and you have a snack cake unlike any other. I hope you’ll try it soon. If you do, share a photo with me on Instagram (@southernplate) or you can email it to me, too!
- 1/2 cup butter melted and slightly cooled
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 eggs
- 2 cup graham cracker crumbs
- 2 to 3 apples (any variety) peeled and diced
- 3/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts optional
- Blend sugar, butter, and eggs in bowl with a spoon.
- Stir in graham cracker crumbs, apples, and walnuts until blended.
- Spread batter into greased 8×8 pan.
- Bake at 350 for forty to forty five minutes or until firm to the touch.
- Sprinkle liberally with confectioner’s sugar.
- Cool and then cut into squares.