One Bowl Apple Butter Cake Recipe | Dessert for Two (2024)

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One Bowl Apple Butter Cake Recipe: I partnered with ALDI to bring you this delicious apple butter cake. Read on for my thoughts visiting their store since their big remodel!

I’m not sure why we haven’t ventured into snack cake land here on Dessert for Two before. Sure, we have tons of small cakes for two made in a 6” pan (and a small carrot cake made in a 8” pan), but those cakes are really too fancy to be called a ‘snack cake.’

A snack cake is something that you can easily make (usually doesn’t require frosting, or if it does, the recipe is super simple), and is perfectly acceptable to eat any time of day—breakfast, snack, or dessert.

Snack cakes are quick to make and often only require one bowl.

A snack cake is to regular cake like leggings are to jeans—both are perfectly acceptable pants, but one is more comfy than the other. One is decidedly less fussy and more inviting. Do the snack cake. Do the leggings. Love yourself already.

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I partnered with ALDI for this recipe, and they asked if I would visit one of their newly remodeled stores and share my thoughts on it. Since I am a grocery store aficionado, I quickly said yes. And you guys—the ALDI store blew me away. I was absolutely floored by the number of organic products, and the array of healthy items that can be much pricier at other stores (flax seeds, chia seeds, almonds quinoa, just to name a few). And the new store lay-out is beautiful and just made sense to me. My shopping trip was quick and efficient (except for the multiple times I got drawn in by all the good deals, hah)! ALDI is my new go-to store!

I quickly walked to the baking aisle first (it’s my barometer for grocery stores, of course), and I stocked up on everything…and I mean absolutely everything! Flour, sugars, vanilla, chocolate chips, condensed milk, spices and apple butter (a HUGE jar!). My baking pantry was low before this trip, but now?—it’s overflowing. But that’s fine because the baking season is here, hooray!

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I stumbled upon SimpleNature Organic Cage Free Brown Eggs in the cold case (a 2017 Best New Product Award winner*) and grabbed a few cartons so we could really get this baking show on the road. I was so happy to find organic cage-free eggs at such a great price! I won’t confess to how many dozen eggs I bought…(5, okay, FIVE dozen eggs. I mean, I do go through a lot of eggs scaling down recipes over here).

At the time, I didn’t quite know that I would be baking you a one bowl apple butter cake recipe with those eggs, but I’m super happy with the way this one turned out. It uses just an egg yolk, but as you know—you can head over to check out all of my recipes that use an egg white anytime you have a leftover egg white. And I also have a section for leftover egg yolks, just in case.

Ok, we’ve talked a lot but haven’t talked about this cake. It’s soft, apple-y, and full of fall spices. The only thing better than a bite of this soft spice cake is any bite you get with the apple butter swirl. The jam thickens a bit in the oven and gets even jammier and richer. I’m calling it: this is the cake to make for Fall!

This cake is baked in a 9” bread loaf pan to get 4 small slices of cake. Enjoy!

*Results based the 2017 BrandSpark Best New Product Awards survey and real user feedback from Shopper Army.

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Yield: 4 slices

Apple Butter Cake

This small batch apple butter cake is all kinds of delicious!

Prep Time20 minutes

Cook Time20 minutes

Total Time40 minutes


  • 3 tablespoons Countryside Creamery Unsalted Butter, melted
  • 6 tablespoons (packed) Baker’s Corner Light Brown Sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Berryhill Apple Butter, divided*
  • 1 large SimplyNature Organic Cage Free Brown Egg yolk (white reserved for another use)
  • ½ teaspoon Stonemill Pure Vanilla Extract
  • ½ cup Baker’s Corner All-Purpose Flour
  • ½ teaspoon ground Cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • ¼ teaspoon Baker’s Corner Baking Powder


  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Line a 9” bread loaf pan with parchment paper.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the melted butter, brown sugar, 2 tablespoons of the apple butter, egg yolk and vanilla extract. Whisk very well to blend.
  4. Sprinkle the flour, cinnamon, salt, and baking powder evenly over the surface,and stir to combine.
  5. Spread the batter in the loaf pan, and dollop the remaining tablespoon of apple butter over the surface gently. Use a knife to swirl in the apple butter.
  6. Bake for 19-21 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  7. Let cool in the pan for 15 minutes, run a knife along the edge of the pan, and remove the cake. Slice into 4 even pieces and serve.

Recipe notes:

The names of the ingredient in this recipe refer to the exact names you’ll find at ALDI.

*You can use homemade apple butter.


Recipe notes:

The names of the ingredient in this recipe refer to the exact names you’ll find at ALDI.

*You can use homemade apple butter.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving:Calories: 189Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 70mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 1gSugar: 9gProtein: 2g

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