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Cocoa Apple Cake Recipe
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Cocoa Apple Cake

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"This recipe is very moist and rich. I have also made it in loaf pans, and given it away for holidays."

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Original recipe makes 1 bundt cake Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr

    1 hr 30 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease and flour a 10-inch Bundt pan or tube pan.
  2. Beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until light and fluffy. The mixture should be noticeably lighter in color. Add the room-temperature eggs one at a time, allowing each egg to blend into the butter mixture before adding the next. Mix in the water and vanilla.
  3. In another bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice, and salt.
  4. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture and mix well.
  5. Fold in chocolate chips and grated apple and mix until fully incorporated.
  6. Spoon batter into prepared pan. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the cake comes out clean, 60 to 70 minutes.
  7. Cool on wire rack.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 11, 2002

Excellent recipe: moist as can be, and chocolatey. I used milk chocolate chips since I'm not a fan of semi sweet chocolate, and it came out terrific. This is a keeper.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 25, 2009

Didn't care for it. Chocolate and apples didn't go together very well. The family dissapproved.


35 Ratings

Apr 19, 2008

My grandmother has made this cocoa apple cake for years and years now and it's delicious! She got her recipe off the back of a bag a sugar. The only difference is that her recipe calls for 2 and 1/2 c flour and she finely dices the apple instead of grating it. It's wonderful and will always remind me of her. For some reason, nobody else in the family can make it quite as good as she can -must be that grandmotherly touch! We also freeze it and sometimes just cut a slice off straight from the freezer and eat it ... mmmmmm... this recipe is worth trying -it'll always be one of my treasures!

Dec 30, 2005

This recipe is definitely a keeper. Instead of half a cup of water I used a quarter cup of water and a quarter cup of rum. I also eliminated the allspice and doubled the cinnamon. I will definitely make this part of my holiday baking.

Feb 29, 2008

Any doubt this is the best cake? I won third place at the county fair with this cake on my very first try back in 1987...and first the next year.

Nov 07, 2003

I made this cake in a 9x13 pan by baking it at 350 for 45 minutes. It was indeed tasty and moist. It had a funny, spongy texture, though. The only changes I made were to use apple cider instead of water and use half margarine/half butter instead of all butter. I did not frost it because it was sweet enough with the mini chocolate morsels I added.

Nov 07, 2003

My kids and guest's loved this cake. I added a powdered sugar and vanilla glaze to give it a little shine.

Jan 11, 2011

This was amazing. I made a chocolate icing flavored with almond extract to ice cake with while warm and it was a great combo.


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  • Calories
  • 331 kcal
  • 17%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 46.6 g
  • 15%
  • Cholesterol
  • 65 mg
  • 22%
  • Fat
  • 14.9 g
  • 23%
  • Fiber
  • 1.2 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 3.8 g
  • 8%
  • Sodium
  • 247 mg
  • 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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