Apple Raisin Cake

It has been a long time since I baked any cake. Though V loves cakes, I hardly bake them anymore due to my busy schedule. All I am managing is to prepare some day to day food.

Now, there were two reasons to even attempt this cake. One, we had a big batch of apples at home, which needed my immediate attention. Two, V was not keeping very well and he wanted to eat some cake. I thought of making this to cheer him up.

My last few experiments with apple cake did not go very well. I wanted to make eggless apple cake(because I am sure that will be the first question from readers when I post this). We both don’t like dense cakes and the eggless cakes almost always turned out a bit dense. So this time, I didn’t even attempt to make it eggless.

This cake came out pluffy and delicious. It tasted even better the next day. I am posting this here so that I can make this more frequently. The quantity of raisins can be increased by another 1/4 cup.

3 apples
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup vegetable oil
1 tea spn vanilla extract
1/4 cup raisins
1 and 1/2 cups sugar
3 large eggs
1 and 1/2 tea spns baking powder

Preheat the oven to 350F(approx 175C) for about 10mins.
Cut the apple into small pieces and grind to a paste (do not peel them). To help in grinding, add the oil.
Take apple paste in a big bowl and add sugar. Add vanilla extract, mix. Mix till it forms a uniform mixture. Add eggs mixing all the time.
Sieve together baking powder and all purpose flour. Add little flour mixture at a time to apple mixture, mixing it all the time. Add the raisins and mix gently.
Grease a oven proof dish and pour in the cake batter.
Bake for about 45-50mins or till the cake it done.

Preparation time : 70mins


52 thoughts on “Apple Raisin Cake”

  1. Hi shilpa
    the cake looks really delicious.I am going to prepare it this son doesn’t like apples.hopefully he may eat this cake.the good part is the recipe contains oil which is always ther at home insted of butter.can I use soyabean oil?
    sudha borkar

  2. Hi
    First time have a wonderful blog and lots of recipes…cake looks are really good…

    cheers and do visit whenever you can..

  3. Such a simple cake – just the types I like – those red flecks of apple look pretty, a good reason not to peel them. The three eggs are a bit of a deterrent for me, but i hope to try it some time.

  4. Thanks for the recipe. One question, can I make this cake without eggs? My whole family do not eat eggs and I love to bake this recipe. Can you suggest?

  5. Hi Shilpa,

    Great recipe! One quick question though—What kind of apples did you use? Would 1 and 1/2 cups of sugar be much for sweet apples like Fuji apples?


  6. This is gr8 ! I will definitely try it out.
    It falls in the same categoryas Nigella Lawsons Clementine cake I baked yesterday. I forgot to add the baking powder but it still turned out gr8.

  7. Hi,
    Which raisins did you use? The ones available here are the black ones. Are those ok or do I need light colored ones from Indian store?

  8. Hi Shilpa,

    Discovered your blog recently.And I just love it. Its amazing how you find the time to try out so many stuff and also post them, also having to work (I assume you work)

    The vegetable oil you mentioned, can I use Sunflower oil instead.Please let me know. Want to try this cake.

  9. Hi,

    Wonderful recipe……..Can i use splenda instead of sugar???????? Can i use egg beaters that u get in store instead of eggs??? Thanks for sharing receipes……..

  10. Hi Shilpa,

    I am new to baking.. Tried this today. But dint turn out good 🙁 It wasnt fluffy at all, very dense, more like halwa!! Also not sweet at all. Can you figure out what would have gone wrong 🙁


  11. Hey Shilpa ,

    Your recipes are amazing … n m very eager to try this one. What size cake pan did u use for this ?

    1. Deepti, sorry, I don’t remember the size of the pan. Just make sure you are filling upto 3/4th or less in the pan to give it enough space to rise.

  12. hi
    Thanks for this great great recipe…
    Its a sure try for me , something very unique i have seen recipes of apple cake before (never tried one) but never with apple puree always with sliced apple pieces so i will try it and let you know.

  13. hi
    a unique recipe a must try for me looking at it makes me want to make it…
    can i use our Indian regular red apples? Will it matter if the size of the apples change how is the consistency of the batter can i add milk to make it loose? sorry too many questions.

    1. Shilpa: Mahek, I think any normal sized apple should be good for this (I forgot to measure the weight 🙁 or in cups). Yes, you can use Indian apples. I haven’t tried adding milk, so you may have to try it out.

  14. Hi,

    Lovely website and great recipes. Have always been afraid of baking something bit this recipe seems so easy and tasty i am going to give it a shot this weekend

  15. Hi Shilpa, thank U very much for creating such a nice website. regarding the I have a question. I have convection oven and whenever I am trying to make a cake its not happening, the problem is that the upper part is getting too brown, the final product is a very hard sweet rusk. Please give me some suggetion!

  16. Tried this recipe and it turned out pretty good. My husband and two toddlers (I should say one of them is really fussy) gave it a thumbs up ! Thanks Shilpa. DO you think sugar can be substituted with jaggery or honey? The reason I ask is when I cook for my 17 month old kids I try to limit sugar as much as possible. I have read that jaggery and honey are better substitutes for sugar.

  17. Hey Shilpa,
    you have quite a nice blog on recipes !

    i have tried the egg less Dates cake.
    Well, it turned out to be little dense as you had mentioned :<
    still, liked it, thanks !

    going to try the apple cake today.
    just have a Q.
    IS VANILLA EXTRACT MUST or is it just for the flavor ?

    thanks in advance.

    – Hema

  18. tried this today…but was half cooked in the middle and also was dense…baked almost hour and half at 350..what might have gone wrong?can it be rebaked at a lower temperature so that it cooks evenly?

  19. Hi Shilpa ,
    I tried the cake & it was awesum !! Everyone in the house too liked it a lot . Credit to you 🙂 .
    I have been trying a lot of your recipes they are very good .But never commented . But really from the bottom of my heart I appreciate your enthusiasm . Even when u have a small baby you are updating the website regularly. Hats off to u.

    Take care

  20. hi shipa,

    watz the water quantity used to prepare the cake ….??

    the mixture shld reach the level of chappatti batter or more liquid than that …..

  21. Hi Shilpa,

    I tried this cake today and it turned out very well (this is the first time i m bakin a cake :-)) , thank u very much for the recipe.

  22. Hey I have a Onida Microwave…guess it cannot be preheated….If the Oven cannot be preheated,can i make this cake??and if yes how much time shld i bake it then?

  23. Hi Shilpa,
    I want to try this cake. When you say mix the eggs and other ingredients, do you mean mix with a spoon or use an electric beater? Please clarify.


  24. Hey Shilpa!
    I absolutely adore all your recipe especially your cakes…
    I would love to know from where you get all your baking pans
    I an new to baking and I am not well informed
    Thank you

  25. Hi Shilpa,
    Your Apple Raisin cake is absolutely delicious! Can I make it with half a cup of raisins AND half a cup of walnuts, or would i have to add more oil/apples/something else in order to do that? Your advice would be much appreciated!

  26. Hi Shilpa,
    I have tried this recipe as soon as I saw it; I don’t bake a lot but always wanted to, and your simple recipes are really encouraging.
    The cake turned out beautifully and it is delicious!
    Thank you ever so much 🙂

  27. Great recipe! I tried this cake with whole wheat flour and added cinnamon powder as I didn’t have vanilla essence. It came out a bit dense but very tasty.

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