Slices of an apple pecan loaf cake on a wooden surface.

Simple Sundays | Apple Pecan Loaf Cake

Apple Pecan Loaf Cake is a perfect fall recipe. This cake rewards you with bites of tender apple, crunchy pecans and gooey caramel.

Slices of an apple pecan loaf cake on a wooden surface.
Simple Sundays | Apple Pecan Loaf Cake

A recipe for Apple Pecan Loaf Cake. Thick slices of this cake reward you with bites of tender apple, crunchy pecans and cake that is soaked with gooey caramel. Disclosure: This post was brought to you by Opal ApplesA slice of apple pecan loaf cake topped with chopped pecans and caramel sauce.

The days leading up to the holidays are so frenzied with activity, and this year was no different. Each year I say to myself that I will get a head start with my shopping and card writing, knowing that the days leading up to Christmas often become flooded with last minute work and gift wrapping.

And yet again, this year I failed at my promise. So here we are, another Christmas season, and I am publicly vowing that next year, I will tackle all my Christmas elf activity early. Scout’s promise.

(Please remind me next year. Okay? Thanks.)

A bowl of yellow Opal apples.

But that is all behind us now. By now, I hope that you have hugged your families and have recycled all the wrapping paper. I hope that you are enjoying some time off of work and staying cozy by the fire with your new, warm sweater.

I hope the kids are playing with their toys and that you are having some time to make those recipes you’ve been dying to try.

Chopped apples on a cutting board.

Apple Pecan Loaf Cake drizzled with caramel sauce and topped with chopped pecans.

I have this Apple Pecan Loaf Cake for you to try while you’re in the kitchen. They’re studded with lovely Opal Apples – have you ever tried these golden beauties? A package of Opal apples were one of the happiest deliveries I had leading up to Christmas, and I just wanted to string them up and hang them on the tree!

They’re unlike any other apple I’ve had before – sweet and crisp, juicy and bright – it’s like all the apples I love combined in one. The texture reminded me of an Asian pear, with a flavor like Golden Delicious and Honeycrisp in one.

Apple Pecan Loaf Cake drizzled with caramel sauce and topped with chopped pecans.

A slice of Apple Pecan Loaf cake on a white plate with a fork.
Opal apples, it turns out resists oxidation, so even as I sliced them, they did not turn brown in an instant, which, let’s be honest, makes them even more appetizing. But beyond that, I personally love that they a portion of their Opal apple proceeds benefits select non-profits for their Youth Makes a Difference Initiative grants.

And at this time of year, especially, those are business practices that matter to me. If you find Opal apples in your market – they are available from November to March only – I hope you try them. I really know you will love them so much.

Apple Pecan Loaf Cake 

The apples baked beautifully and thick slices of Apple Pecan Loaf Cake have been wonderful for snacks and breakfasts. The cake is filled with tender chunks of apples, chopped pecans, and served with a drizzle of caramel sauce. My family is working on a Christmas puzzle as I type, our new tradition, and they are eating the last of the cake. I guess it’s time to make more.

A slice of apple cake on a white plate with a fork.

Disclosure: This post was brought to you by Opal Apples. Sponsored posts such as these help behind the scenes at Kitchen Confidante. Thank you so much for supporting brands that matter to me and for making my blog part of your day!

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Apple Pecan Loaf Cake

Thick slices of this cake reward you with bites of tender apple, crunchy pecans and cake that is soaked with gooey caramel. Whether you enjoy it with your morning coffee or afternoon tea is up to you.
Course Bread, Brunch, Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 Loaf Cakes
Calories 1658kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 apples diced, about 2 cups (Opal Apples were beautiful in this)
  • 1/2 cup pecans crushed, divided
  • caramel sauce

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare 2 loaf pans (I used 1.5 lb pans measuring 10x5x3 inches) by lightly coating with baking spray (or butter), and lining with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon, and set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar together. Add vanilla and egg, mix well, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a spatula. Add the buttermilk and flour mixture in batches, alternating. Stir in the apples and 1/4 cup of pecans.
  • Divide the batter into two loaf pans. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until golden, and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let it cool in the pans for about 5 minutes, then gently transfer to a wire rack to cool. While the loaves are still warm, spoon some caramel sauce over the tops and sprinkle with pecans. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Notes

Nutrition information is for one loaf cake. Recipe makes two 1.5 lb Apple Pecan Loaf Cakes. 

Nutrition

Calories: 1658kcal | Carbohydrates: 238g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 71g | Saturated Fat: 34g | Cholesterol: 217mg | Sodium: 1327mg | Potassium: 769mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 133g | Vitamin A: 1833IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 302mg | Iron: 8mg
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  1. Deb|EastofEdenCooking

    I might have to seek out the Opal Apple after reading your vibrant post! (Often apples at the grocery store are a sorry disappointment.) I too planned ahead, cut back on the expectations I had for myself and yet still felt frantic at times. I suppose holidays are just meant to be a busy time….  Happy New Year Liren! 

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