Vivian’s Apple Cake with chocolate chips

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Easy apple chocolate chip cake with walnuts
This whole wheat apple cake with chocolate chips makes a delicious snack cake.

This is my son’s new favourite snack food. Moist and flavourful, it’s the sort of cake that sits somewhere between a muffin and a cake.

Don’t get me wrong — it is most definitely a cake.

Easy apple chocolate chip cake with walnuts

Apple, chocolate chips and walnuts are a great combination. I guess that’s why it’s so satisfying. So many flavours and textures.

Easy apple chocolate chip cake with walnuts


This is a recipe my mom got sometime in the 1970’s. It was from Vivian, a woman who used to work at my dad’s office. As I recall, Vivian wore stylish denim pant suits and seemed really old (I was about 7). In my experience grandmother types weren’t usually trendy so she always stood out to me. So did her apple cake. It was one of the first recipes that I put in my hand-written recipe book. 


I used to take the cake to pot lucks at university because it was easy to make, didn’t need frosting and was always a hit. 


This is a true one-bowl cake, the sort of cake you bake when you don’t feel like baking a cake. It’s fast and easy, It uses oil instead of butter and doesn’t need frosting.

Vivian’s apple cake with chocolate chips

  • ¾ cup oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups four (whole wheat, whole white, or spelt)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 cups sliced apples (2-3 apples)
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • ½ cup chocolate chips 

  1. Combine the oil, sugar and eggs. Mix well then add the vanilla.
  2. In another bowl combine the flour, baking soda and salt.
  3. Stir into the wet mixture until just combined (dough will be stiff).
  4. Stir in the apples, nuts and chocolate chips.
  5. Spread in a greased 8” x 8” pan. Bake at 325 F for 55-60 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean. 

Easy apple chocolate chip cake with walnuts


One Comment

  1. This sounds simple & delicious! Pinning it so I can try it out some time. Stopping by from All My Bloggy Friends blog hop!


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