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Chinese Five Spice Apple Cake

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This simple apple cake was baked by my great-grandmother on a wood stove over 100 years ago, and I’m happy to still be cooking it today. This recipe is timeless, rustic and highlights the flavors of both the apples and the spice. This old family recipe was one of the first that I adapted to experiment with the amazing world of spices and I’m thrilled to share it.

 

Chinese Five Spice Apple Cake

Chinese Five Spice Apple Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 cup vegetable oil or coconut oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 vanilla bean, scraped
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons ground Chinese Five Spice
  • 3 cups chopped apples
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Instructions

  1. Mix sugar, eggs, oil and vanilla.
  2. Combine dry ingredients.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture and mix thoroughly.
  4. Fold in apples and nuts.
  5. Bake 45 minutes at 350 degrees in a greased 9" x 13" pan.
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 10 Comments

  1. Corinne says:

    um … how much sugar?

  2. Kim says:

    I just made this and substituted Poudre Forte for the Chinese Five Spice. It might be the best apple cake I’ve ever eaten–the pepper makes a stunning complement to the sweet apples. What a simple, elegant recipe this is! Thank you!

  3. elena says:

    This really is a delicious apple spice cake! Thanks for sharing!!
    I cut back on the sugar (1 1/2 cups) and used 1 tablespoon five spice powder.
    regards from Greece :)

  4. Amanda says:

    Me and my dad made this cake today and it was the best cake EVER. we made a cream cheese frosting for the top and it is the most decadent spicy moist cake. I can’t wait to make this for Christmas! Thanks for the recipe.

  5. larry says:

    Could I use thus recipie for cupcakes ?

    • Sherrie says:

      You could. You would just have to adjust the baking time. (When you stick a toothpick in the center, it should come out clean, if the cake (or cupcakes) are done.)

  6. Dale says:

    I made roasted Butternut Squash tonight with Chinese 5 Spice and Maple Syrup and it was so good. I got to thinking about how this spice would be really good in an Apple Cake. I started researching and I found this recipe. I can not wait to make this. As a chef, I like to think outside the box. I’m thinking a Maple Spiced glaze would be ideal for this dense and moist style of cake. Thanks for the ideas and Happy Holidays!

    • Sherrie says:

      That sounds amazing! We love playing with recipes, too (obviously). Maple would go good with this cake. Let us know how it tastes.

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