Armenian Apple Chunk Cake

Armenian Apple Chunk cake is full of diced apples and cinnamon and only requires one bowl, one whisk and no temperamental ingredients. It will be on your table tempting you in less than an hour.

Full of diced apples and cinnamon, this Armenian Apple Chunk cake is so incredibly simple to make you'll find yourself making it ALL the time! One bowl, one whisk and no temperamental ingredients it will be on your table tempting you in less than an hour.

 Full of diced apples and cinnamon, this Armenian Apple Chunk cake is so incredibly simple to make you’ll find yourself making it ALL the time! One bowl, one whisk and no temperamental ingredients it will be on your table tempting you in less than an hour.

This cake also happens to be my favorite cake of all time. I know what you are thinking, favorite of ALL-TIME? That must be the most amazing, rich, over the top cake every. Nope. It is the authentically rustic and amazing Armenian Apple Chunk Cake my grandmother used to make for me. 

I can still picture her now, the way she used to dice the apples while holding them in her hand (so unsafe, please don’t do that) and how I used to wait with anticipation for when the cake would come out of the oven. The whole house would smell like the most amazing flavors of the Fall and within a day the whole cake would be gone. I wish this post there could be smello-vision because if you could smell the apples and cinnamon or even just feel the texture and crumb of the cake you’d be sold in a heartbeat.

You’ve seen me post crumb cakes and coffee cakes on the blog before but this recipe is the grand daddy of all my breakfast cakes. This is the one I make when I want to invite people into my world and my heart. This cake is my childhood just even looking above at the picture is making me smile ear to ear thinking of my grandmother. This recipe is like sharing a piece of my heart with you guys.

 Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Add the cinnamon and sugar together in a bowl. As you are dicing the apples, toss them in the bowl with the cinnamon and sugar to coat them and prevent browning. Full of diced apples and cinnamon, this Armenian Apple Chunk cake is so incredibly simple to make you'll find yourself making it ALL the time! One bowl, one whisk and no temperamental ingredients it will be on your table tempting you in less than an hour. Add the flour to the apples and toss. Mix the oil, eggs and vanilla together and add to the apples (I do this in one large measuring cup after adding the oil so I don’t dirty and additional bowl). If you want to add in the walnuts you can do so here and give it one final mix. Full of diced apples and cinnamon, this Armenian Apple Chunk cake is so incredibly simple to make you'll find yourself making it ALL the time! One bowl, one whisk and no temperamental ingredients it will be on your table tempting you in less than an hour.
Bake in a springform pan or a 9×9 baking pan (love this one because of the lid it comes with for keeping baked goods fresh) for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Full of diced apples and cinnamon, this Armenian Apple Chunk cake is so incredibly simple to make you'll find yourself making it ALL the time! One bowl, one whisk and no temperamental ingredients it will be on your table tempting you in less than an hour.

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Armenian Apple Chunk Cake

Full of diced apples and cinnamon, this Armenian Apple Chunk cake is so incredibly simple to make you'll find yourself making it ALL the time! One bowl, one whisk and no temperamental ingredients it will be on your table tempting you in less than an hour.
Yield 12 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Dessert
Cuisine Armenian
Author Sabrina Snyder

Ingredients
 

  • 3 gala apples (not peeled), diced into ¼ inch cubes
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup walnuts , chopped (optional, I don't add them)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Add the cinnamon and sugar together in a bowl.
  • As you are dicing the apples, toss them in the bowl with the cinnamon and sugar to coat them and prevent browning.
  • Add the flour and baking soda to the apples and toss.
  • Mix the oil, eggs and vanilla together and add to the apples (I do this in one large measuring cup after adding the oil so I don't dirty and additional bowl).
  • If you want to add in the walnuts you can do so here and give it one final mix.
  • Bake in a springform pan or a 9x9 baking pan for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Nutrition

Calories: 322kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 102mg | Potassium: 124mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 65IU | Vitamin C: 2.2mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1.5mg
Keyword: Armenian apple cake, Armenian Apple Chunk Cake
 Full of diced apples and cinnamon, this Armenian Apple Chunk cake is so incredibly simple to make you'll find yourself making it ALL the time! One bowl, one whisk and no temperamental ingredients it will be on your table tempting you in less than an hour.
Full of diced apples and cinnamon, this Armenian Apple Chunk cake is so incredibly simple to make you'll find yourself making it ALL the time! One bowl, one whisk and no temperamental ingredients it will be on your table tempting you in less than an hour.
Full of diced apples and cinnamon, this Armenian Apple Chunk cake is so incredibly simple to make you'll find yourself making it ALL the time! One bowl, one whisk and no temperamental ingredients it will be on your table tempting you in less than an hour.

About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the upcoming cookbook: Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients which is being published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. I cup of sugar makes it ‘way too sweet for me. My only consolation is I used a half cup of sugar and a half cup of erithritol. I will fry it again, and cut the sweet by half. Cut the cinnamon a bit, as well.

  2. I’ve made this cake several times and we just LOVE it! Its even better with the addition of 1/2 tsp of freshly grated nutmeg, and we prefer it with the walnuts.

  3. I’ve made this a couple of times, and due to pre-diabetes, I made some changes. I used almond flour and stevia. I used a bit less stevia because the sweetness is pronounced. Seems to work just fine.

  4. Do you grease and flour pan or just grease it? Use parchment in bottom? Could I use a little less sugar, say 3/4 cup? It sounds very sweet, or is it?

    1. You’ll want to grease and flour the pan. If you decide to use less sugar, it will change the flavor but I don’t think it’s too sweet. Try it and let me know!

  5. I just made this and it was very easy and turned out excellent. I let it cool for 10 minutes then cut it and served it with ice cream on top.

      1. Actually, we enjoyed it so much, I made it again a couple of days later. Oh, and I used pecans instead of walnuts (it’s a southern thing).

  6. i bet this is amazing.  at the moment tho im looking for a dessert that screams chunks of apple much like apple pie would.  we have other recipes for apple cakes which are also good but the apples lose so much texture you really only get the apple flavor.  when its done can you tell the difference in the texture when you bite into the apple or is it a more uniform texture overall?  THX!

  7. I added the sugar in with the flour, but note that it is not said when to add it in the actual written instructions. It’s in the oven now – and I’m excited to taste it! 

    1. I’m hoping you enjoyed it! Just to clarify though, the sugar should have been combined with the cinnamon and used to coat the apples (step 2 and 3). Hope this clears up any confusion. 🙂

  8. Just stopped by to let you know that baking soda and salt were listed in the Ingredients but were left out of the Instructions. I made the cake without them as a result. Bummer. Yet edible.

    1. Oh my goodness, I am so sorry about that. I’ve updated the recipe but wish there was some way to make it up to you.

  9. Parev 🙂
    I just wanted to know if you’re calling this Armenian coz your grandmother used to make it (I’m assuming she was Armenian) or coz it’s actually Armenian?
    Because I like to collect Armenian recipes, specially desserts.
    I just made this. I used red and green apples, added some orange rind, walnuts and cranberries.
    Let’s see how it’s going to turn out.

    1. Yes and no. Yes she was Armenian so that helped but even her friends would make it and bring it over. So I’ve got to think if a whole group of Armenian grandmas are on the same page there has to be something to it! 🙂 I’m considering making Simit cookies for the blog too, the salty ones that look like a twisted ribbon? I loved those as a kid!

      1. Armenian it is then. It was really easy to make and turned out so good, light and full of flavours.
        Simit are pretty easy to make too.
        Please do share other Armenian recipes as well, I can suggest a few too 🙂
        Lovely blog by the way

        1. I do plan to post more Armenian recipes in the future. I would love for you to share any good Armenian recipes you can send me the link for to my email: sabrina @ dinnerthendessert.com

  10. I love apple everything. I am excited to try this recipe. I will have to get the ingredients tonight.

  11. Wow, that apple chunk cake looks amazing. That would be such a fun treat to indulge in. And it’s even better when our favorite recipes have such great family memories attached to them. Like a grandma making something delicious for the family! What a special treat!

    1. Yes, this cake has a special place in my heart. It is so simple and rustic, but it is the first cake I would ever ask for if someone offered to make me something.

  12. That looks really fantastic! Bet it makes the house smell incredible while it is cooking. I know two little dogs that would be sitting int he kitchen once all of those ingredients started eating up! I have a pot luck this weekend and wasn’t sure what I was going to bring it might have to be this so that I can have some without eating the entire thing.

  13. Yum! Apples and cinnamon are the perfect combination for fall! I love how soft and fluffy the cake looks too!

  14. How delicious does this look? Wow…I’ve just picked apples locally and think I have found the perfect recipe. Love that it is simple too.

  15. I think this is one that my hubby would love. I looks really tasty and I have some time today I might make this for our date night we have tonight.

  16. We went apple picking 2 weeks ago and still have about 49,999 apples. This sounds like a great way to use them up.