Apple Snack Cake (Right From The Orchard)

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This apple snack cake recipe fresh from the orchard includes an unbeatable flavor combination of graham cracker crumbs, fresh apples, nuts, butter, and sugar to make a snack cake unlike any other!

Apple Snack Cake

I often find with recipes, as with memories, it is the simple things which satisfy us the most. This apple snack cake recipe is the perfect example of that. This classic snack cake is not too sweet and 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.

This apple coffee cake 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, which gives it a remarkably satisfying texture, 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. When you do try it please, share a photo with me on Instagram (@southernplate) or you can email it to me, too! 

Ingredients for Apple Snack Cake.

Recipe Ingredients

  • Graham crackers
  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Sugar
  • Apples
  • Pecans or walnuts (optional)

The recipe also calls for pecans or walnuts, which I highly recommend. However, I do leave them out sometimes as certain people in my house have voiced their objection to having “those nut things” in their snack cake.

How to Make an Easy Apple Snack Cake

Place eggs, sugar, and melted butter in mixing bowl.

First, melt and slightly cool the butter, before pouring it into a medium bowl.

Add the sugar and then the eggs. 

Add graham cracker crumbs and stir.

Add in graham cracker crumbs then stir the ingredients together.

Stir in apples.

Stir in chopped apples and nuts, if using.

Add pecans to mixing bowl if using.

Like this.

Apple snack cake batter.

Behold! Our beautiful apple snack cake batter.

Pour cake batter into baking dish.

Pour this into a greased 8×8 baking dish.

I usually use cooking spray but if you want to be fancy you can use parchment paper.

Baked Apple Snack Cake.

Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown all over top. 

Dust with sugar before cutting into bars.

Remove from oven and sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar.

Allow it to cool in the pan before cutting it into bars.

Close-up of apple snack cake.

Oh my goodness! This apple snacking cake is just ridiculously delicious and makes the prettiest apple studded bars.

Slice of apple snack cake.

I’m telling you, if you can’t imagine what a snack cake is like when you replace the flour with graham crumbs, you need to understand that it is half a step away from Heaven. 

Taking a bit of Apple Orchard Snack Cake



Store leftovers, covered, at room temperature or in the fridge for up to 4 days. You can also freeze cake slices for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature before serving.

Recipe Notes

  • If you like, you can substitute the nuts for chopped dates.
  • Want to add some spices for that quintessential fall flavor? Toss your diced apples in 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1/8 teaspoon of ginger or nutmeg, and 1/8 teaspoon of cloves or allspice. Use the spice combination that works for you. You can also just use 1 teaspoon of apple pie spice or pumpkin pie spice.
  • Great baking apples include Gala, Pink Lady, McIntosh, Honeycrisp, Braeburn, and Granny Smith apples.
  • While this apple cake is great served on its own, you can also serve it with whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce.
  • Another option is to top the apple cake with a simple maple glaze. Just combine 1/4 cup of confectioner’s sugar with 1 tablespoon of maple syrup and drizzle this over the cake.
  • For more fall flavor, substitute the white sugar for brown sugar or use a combination of both.

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This apple snack cake recipe includes graham cracker crumbs, fresh apples, nuts, butter, and sugar to make a snack cake unlike any other!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cake
Servings: 4
Calories: 294kcal


  • 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 the sugar, butter, and eggs in a medium bowl with a spoon.
    1/2 cup butter, 1 cup sugar, 3 eggs
  • Stir in the graham cracker crumbs, apples, and walnuts until blended.
    2 cup graham cracker crumbs, 2 to 3 apples (any variety), 3/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • Spread batter into a greased 8×8 pan.
  • Bake at 350 for 40 to 45 minutes or until firm to the touch.
  • Sprinkle liberally with confectioner’s sugar.
  • Cool and then cut into squares.


Calories: 294kcal
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  1. This is the second time I’ve made this delicious little cake. I made it the first time to use up some Graham crackers that I’d crushed (I was gifted too many boxes!) and my husband and I both enjoyed it very very much. It’s so unique. And easy to make too (especially when hubby peels and dices the apples. He’s my prep chef). We had it with confectioner’s sugar sifted on top the first time. Today I made it again and warmed up a can of caramel-apple frosting that needed using up (I run a NO-WASTE kitchen, lol!) and drizzled it over the cake. I refrigerated it to set the glaze and we ate the cake cold. SO GOOD! This cake is, for us, a definite KEEPER and I want to say thank you for posting such a great recipe. It’s a delicious dessert but we also eat it at breakfast with coffee, like ……well, COFFEE cake. Thanks, Christy!

  2. can you grate the apples? (or would that give it too much moisture?) My grands don’t like “chunks”

  3. YUM! I love your story about going to the apple orchard as a child. My sister and I have been sharing family stories and recipes. I adore your hand towel in the photos toos.
    Have a great day,

  4. Hi Christy,
    Found your blog while I was house and dog sitting for my son. Got home Thurday nite very late. I had been linked to your blog for your Apple Dapple Cake plus a few other recipes I want to try. So, glad to have found you as your recipes look great. Look forward to trying them out. The Apple Dapple Cake is first, as any kind of apple or pound cakle is right up my alley. I want to try that Kentucky Butter Cake, read the recipe and comments, looking forward to making that one as well.

    I enjoyed seeing the photo of you and Mama, your faces just glowed with love and joy. You guys seem to have a wonderful relationship. Thanks for the recipes and your words of kindness, seems we get more than just recipes from your blog. Know that you lifted the spirits of this Bama girl. Bless You and Yours!

  5. 5 stars
    Every time I make this cake I forget to add the powder sugar topping, but ya know what, inever miss it. This little cake is great and i have even made it with half the sugar. .

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