13x9 Apple Pecan Cake

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Easy cinnamon apple cake with fresh apples and pecans that’s topped with yummy, soft butterscotch chips.

You will not believe just how easy and delicious this cake is. I knew when I saw this cake full of apples and pecans in my Georgia National Fair Blue Ribbon Cookbook it would be good, but friends it more than exceeded my high expectations.

Simple Apple Pecan Cake

Apple Cake With Butterscotch Chips

The first thing that hit me when I saw this cake was the butterscotch chips. Now I’m all about some sweet butterscotch chips, but with apples, Hmmmm. Not a combo I have food porn dreams about.

However, the more I thought of how I enjoy a good apple cinnamon nut cake and how much I love me some butterscotch chips, I thought I’d give it a bake. Who knows, I might be creating some food porn worth dreaming about.

Well y’all, I’m certainly glad I gave it a bake, because this cake was amazing. First of all, it just overflowed with fresh apples (4 cups worth), cinnamon flavor and pecans. Then the butterscotch chips on top combined with the pecans to form a scrumptious, sweet, crunchy topping. Whoever came up with this should win a Nobel Prize for food.

A Brunch’n Fall Apple Cake Recipe

This 13×9 apple cinnamon cake is just brunching. Yes, with those toasted pecans and that cinnamon flavor this apple pecan cake would be perfect for a fall brunch. It would also be perfect for dessert or breakfast or a midnight treat on a chili fall evening.

As well and being delicious and brunch’n this apple pecan cake is very easy cake to make. Mix up all the simple ingredients, put the batter in a 13×9 pan, top it with butterscotch chips and bake. Baking doesn’t get much more simple than that.

So, if you’re looking for a simple, fall apple dessert try this. It’s an easy bake’n, FALLtastic treat that you and those you serve it to will love.

Key Ingredients In Apple Cake With Pecans

  • Granulated sugar
  • Flour – All purpose is fine. I didn’t sift it.
  • Cinnamon – This helps make the cake so good.
  • Oil – I used vegetable oil. Canola will work just as well. Oil makes the cake moist.
  • Pecans –  These need to be coarsely chopped.
  • Apples – Peeled and sliced. Recipe calls for Granny Smith. I think I used Gala and it was amazing.
  • Butterscotch chips – This makes the cake. Don’t bake it without these. You’ll be missing out.
Easy 13x9 Apple Pecan Cake

How To Make This Easy Fresh Apple Cake

  • Mix all ingredients, except butterscotch chips together until moist.
  • Spread batter in 13×9 pan.
  • Sprinkle butterscotch chips over top.
  • Bake at 350° for 1 hour.
  • Cool or eat straight out of the oven. Cut in squares.
Easy Apple Pecan Cake

What is the best apple to use for apple cake

This recipe calls for Granny Smith apples, but that’s not what Aldi had. I think I used Gala and they worked great. But, what is the best apple for an apple cake?

According to this post by Stemilt Growers, to make a great apple cake use a variety of apples. This creates a blend of textures and flavors in the cake. Try a mixture of Honeycrisp and Granny Smith for a more tart flavor or Gala and Fuji for a sweeter taste.

The Best Apple Pecan Cake

Final Thoughts on Easy Apple Nut Cake

A super simple fall cake recipe baked in a 13×9 pan. It is just bursting with apples, cinnamon flavor and pecans. The butterscotch chips pair perfectly with the apples and pecans to make this truly a great autumn cake recipe.

In case you have any queries regarding the recipe feel free to reach out via the comment section or the contact page. Also, if you have tried this recipe, I would love to hear about your experiences.

I have linked to our related recipes below and I’m sure you will love them.

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Apple Pecan Cake
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Apple Pecan Cake Recipe

Apple cinnamon cake loaded with fresh apples and pecans and topped with butterscotch chips.
Course Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword fall, apple cake, autumn, fall dessert, apple pecan, apple nut, apple cinnamon, apple cinnamon cake,
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Cooling Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 18 squares
Calories 420kcal
Cost $8


  • 13×9 Pan
  • Long Spatula


  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 cup pecans coarsely chopped
  • 4 cups apples peeled and sliced. Recipe calls for Granny Smith. I think I used Gala.
  • 1 pkg butterscotch chips 11 ounces


  • Mix all ingredients, except butterscotch chips together until moist. Mixture will be very stiff.
  • Spread batter in a greased and floured 13×9 pan.
  • Sprinkle butterscotch chips over top.
  • Bake at 350° for 1 hour.
  • Cool or eat straight out of the oven. Cut in squares.


Calories: 420kcal


  1. Do you sell a hard copy recipe book?
    It would make an awesome Christmas gift.

    1. Here’s a hard copy recipe book I love. It’s a classic. Southern Living Homemaker’s Cakes Cookbook. It’s from 1971 and sold on Amazon (had trouble linking it here). My mom had it at her house. I’ve confiscated it and love it. BTW, I’m about to start work on my first ecookbook. It will be basic pound cake recipes. Thanks for your comment.

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