Glazed Apple Harvest Cake

This recipe comes from the fabulous kitchen of Robin Leishman. Seriously, her kitchen is fabulous. Her Kitchen-Aid pops up from under the counter…it’s amazing! She is well-known in my hometown for the delicious food that comes out of her kitchen. She’s been quoted as saying, “When I open up my heart, food comes out.” Or something sweet like that :)

This recipe is like eating a caramel apple in cake form & will make your home smell like autumn. We recently went to Clearview Orchards, so I used the fresh Fuji apples we had so much fun picking.

Glazed Apple Harvest Cake
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Recipe type: Cake
  • 1½ c. sugar
  • ½ c. unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1½ c. flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 c. finely chopped sweet-tart apples
  • For the glaze:
  • ⅓ c. unsalted butter
  • ¾ c. brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  1. Cream first 5 ingredients in large bowl with electric mixer or stand-up mixer. In a separate bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and baking powder. At low speed, add dry ingredients to creamed mixture. Fold in chopped apples.
  2. Spray a 9x13 baking pan. Spread mixture in pan and bake 350 degrees for 45 minutes (my oven tends to cook things very quickly and only took 35 minutes). Remove from oven and put on a cooling rack. Immediately top with ½ c. finely chopped walnuts or pecans (optional).
  3. To make the glaze, bring to boil all ingredients except for vanilla. Once everything comes to a boil, turn down heat so it doesn't boil over. Cook for one minute then stir in vanilla.
  4. Kara's note: if you only want nuts on half of the cake - put the glaze on first and then sprinkle the nuts on top. Otherwise, the glaze will carry them to the other side and non-nut eating people will be sad. Trust me on this one, I learned from experience once before!
  5. Then add glaze & let cool.

Try to keep little fingers out of it…Ada wanted to dive right in!



  1. Brenda Goroski says:

    Looks scrumptious! Can’t wait to try another great Kara recommended recipe! I agree about Robin’s kitchen too…I remember seeing it during Allie Landreth’s wedding open house and it was a kitchen that dreams are made of! Some day we will have the same Kara….some day :-)!

  2. Yes, someday!! :) I actually made this and brought it to Lakeview one time…maybe you had some!

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