Apple Pie/Cake {Secret Recipe Club}

May 04

This month, for the Secret Recipe Club, I was matched with Laura from Mother Would Know…my favorite line from her bio is, “The good news is that I am not your mother, so contact me anytime without fear that I’ll ask you about your love life, your job (or lack thereof) or anything else you would prefer not to discuss – especially with your mother.”
So I chose to make one of her family recipes– an apple cake from her Grandma Ethel! You can see Laura’s recipe here. It’s a mix of a cake and a pie and absolutely delicious. I even used butter-flavored Crisco, so I hope that I am making Grandma Ethel (and my Grandma) proud!

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  • Crust
  • 1 1/4 cups flour, plus extra
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 5 tbs butter-flavored Crisco (softened)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbs orange juice
  • Filling
  • 5 Gala apples (peeled, cored, and sliced)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Additional cinnamon and sugar for sprinkling
  • Cook time: 35 min
  • Servings: 8 slices
  • Difficulty: easy


In one bowl, combine the crust ingredients. Mix with a whisk and then combine by hand-- so it all comes together. Add a bit more OJ if needed. Divide the dough into two balls, cover with plastic wrap, and put in fridge. Let refrigerate for about 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Dust a pie plate with flour and set aside.

Mix together the apples, cinnamon, and sugar.

Take the dough out of the fridge. Roll out one ball with a rolling pin and generous uses of flour. Lay on bottom on pie plate. Add the apple slices on top of the dough. Roll out the second ball of dough-- place on top and tuck around the sides of the pie plate.

Sprinkle top of pie/cake with more sugar and cinnamon. Bake 30-35 minutes until the top is golden brown and the juices are bubbling. Serve by itself or with vanilla ice cream.


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Comments: 5

  1. Anna May 04 at 10:15 am Reply

    That looks really good. I love apple desserts.

  2. Laura @MotherWouldKnow May 04 at 10:54 pm Reply

    Lovely to meet you Elizabeth. So glad you liked the apple pie/cake. Your version looks spectacular. And I’m tickled at the line you picked out from my “about” page:)

  3. Leigh May 04 at 11:52 pm Reply

    haha…butter flavoured crisco… I’ve never heard of that! But I do love a good apple pie/cake! :)

  4. Carol at Wild Goose Mama May 06 at 2:42 pm Reply

    I am with Anna above. I love apple desserts. Considering Americans love affair with apple pie, I am not alone. Fun version of mixing it up and using apples.

  5. Sweet as Sugar Cookies May 07 at 12:31 am Reply

    I love that this is a cross between a cake and a pie. It sounds absolutely wonderful and I’m going to have to give it a try.

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