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Georgia Fresh Apple Cake

Last weekend, we donned our masks and headed to the local apple orchard. It was a beautiful day and we were able to pick a variety of apples. After arriving home, I scrolled through a few YouTube videos to find new and unique apple recipes that I hadn’t tried before. I stumbled across this video and realized that I had the cookbook with the exact recipe on my kitchen shelf. I had purchased the cookbook many years ago when visiting Georgia. We had just eaten in Paula Deen’s restaurant and I picked up the cookbook in the souvenir shop on my way out of the building.
I hadn’t tried this recipe until I watched Paula pull all of the ingredients together to make a dense, moist, scrumptious looking cake.
Wow, this cake does not disappoint! I’ll be making it all season long!

In fact, I took the opportunity to bake it again for a birthday celebration. This cake travels well. I packed it up in a cake carrier and I’ll sprinkle it with extra powdered sugar before serving.

Scrumptious, moist, and full of apples, pecans, and coconuts… Then, soaked in a buttery sauce.
All packed up and ready to travel…
The original recipe from my Paula Deen Cookbook

Here’s the link for the Paula Deen recipe.

You’ve got to try it!

Georgia Fresh Apple Cake


  • 3 cups divided sugar 
  • 3 eggs 
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil 
  • 1/4 cup orange juice 
  • 3 cups all purpose flour 
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons divided baking soda 
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt 
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon 
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 
  • 3 cups peeled and finely chopped apples 
  • 1 cup shredded coconut 
  • 1 cup chopped pecans 
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter 
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk 


Preheat the oven to 325 °F. Generously grease a tube pan. 

For the cake: in a large bowl, combine 2 cups sugar, eggs, oil, orange juice, flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, salt, cinnamon and vanilla extract; and mix well. Fold apples, coconut and pecans into batter. 

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until a tester comes out clean, about 1 1/2 hours. 

Shortly before the cake is done, make the sauce: Melt the butter in a large saucepan, stir in 1 cup sugar, buttermilk and 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, and bring to a good rolling boil, stirring constantly. Boil for 1 minute. Pour the sauce over the hot cake in the pan as soon as you remove it from the oven. Let stand 1 hour, then turn out onto a rack to cool completely.


15 thoughts on “Georgia Fresh Apple Cake

  1. I baked it today! I love all desserts with apples (I do not consider apples as fruits, they are desserts :)). I loved it except for I want to try to do a little bit less sugar (maybe total 2 cups instead of 3) and I less of vegetable oil. Do you think it will work without affecting quality?


    1. I agree that the recipe could use a reduction of sugar. The first time I made it, I omitted the sauce and the cake still tasted great! Thanks for your ideas, Hetti… Your comments are always appreciated! Have a good day…😊

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      1. I do not want to give up the sauce entirely, it leaves that thin frosting, which tastes delicious, But I might use less sauce next time though:). Great recipe, I will bake it again!


          1. OK, the funny story as a follow-up. Since I live alone, and you can’t make a half of a bundt cake, I was giving away some of it to my mom, older son, neighbors… Last night, I met my neighbor by the mailbox, and he is: Hettie, when you are going to make this cake next time? I am: I’m glad you liked it! I will make it again. Yea, I could not stop eating! Just one thing: next time, could you put less calories in it? 🙂


            1. Haha! What a lovely story… thanks for sharing! I would guess that you will be reducing the sugar the next time you make this delicious cake.😊 Have a great weekend!

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              1. I did… I did reduce sugar and fat in both the batter and the sauce… not a lot, but I have to admit, it’s not exactly the same. My Mom said it was delicious though:). I still have to check with my neighbors – I dropped off a couple of slices yesterday.


                1. I agree that the cake has a lot of sugar, I haven’t tried to cut the level back but I try not to make the cake too often. Just for special occasions… when I made it for a co-worker’s birthday, the recipe was requested by all. It’s a really great cake but has to be eaten in moderation. 😊

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