Let’s Eat | Gooey Apple Sheet Cake

Gooey Apple Sheet Cake

Years ago when I first started to learn how to cook; I made a gooey cake from a Paula Dean recipe. This was so long ago that Paula Dean had just started her cooking show, facebook wasn’t a household name and iphone’s hadn’t been invented yet. It was super sweet and amazingly good. However, true to Paula Dean, it contained about a pound of sugar and another pound of butter. I haven’t made it since then because if I kept it around the house, I’d end up with diabetes by the time the cake was finished. I know it’s bad for me but I still crave it. It’s been over a decade and I still think about that cake.

Gooey Apple Sheet Cake

I tried to create it with a healthy twist. Yes, it has a lot of sugar and butter but I packed this cake filled with apples and bananas. It’s still a cake but it gets most of its sweetness and gooeyness from the fruit.

Gooey Apple Sheet Cake

The apples are again from Stemilt Growers. They were so good that I was inspired to do a few different recipes. I was going to post this recipe around the time I posted my Apple Cinnamon Pancakes with Cooked Spiced Apples. However, the baby tried to make a rather dramatic and early entrance, which kept me out of the kitchen. I’m getting back to a somewhat of a schedule and adjusting to the new normal. I’m still be on maternity leave but hope to get back to more regular posting soon.

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Gooey Apple Sheet Cake
Gooey apple sheet cake made with some surprisingly healthy ingredients.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8-12
For the cake
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon Baking Soda
  • ½ cup Butter, softened (non-dairy is fine)
  • 1 cup Unsweetened Applesauce
  • ¼ cup Milk (non-dairy is fine)
  • 1 cup Bananas, mashed
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 4 cups Apples, peeled and chopped
For the frosting
  • 2 tablespoons Butter, melted (non-dairy is fine)
  • ¼ cup Milk (non-dairy is fine)
  • 2 cups Powdered Sugar
  • ½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cinnamon and baking soda then stir to combine.
  3. Next add the butter, applesauce, milk, bananas, and the vanilla extract to the bowl and stir.
  4. Fold in the apples into the batter.
  5. Pour the apple batter into a 9x12 inch glass casserole dish.
  6. Bake at for 25-30 minutes or until the edges are firm and the center no longer jiggles.
  7. In the meantime, make the frosting by combining the butter, milk, powdered sugar and vanilla extract in a medium mixing bowl.
  8. Once the cake has cooled slightly, pour the frosting evenly over the cake.
  9. Let the cake cool completely before serving.


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If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #FOODFASHIONANDFUN. I’d love to see what you make!



Gooey Apple Sheet Cake
Gooey Apple Sheet Cake


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6 thoughts on “Let’s Eat | Gooey Apple Sheet Cake

    1. Margaret

      From the time Beth could reach the stove, she wanted to “cook something different.” This delicious cake is proof of her successful endeavors.


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