Apple Snack Cake

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Apple Snack Cake

Snack cakes are great. Growing up, I was a big Little Debbie’s fan. Swiss Fudge Rolls? Heck yeah! Oatmeal cream pies? That was basically lunch during my high school years.

The problem with the packaged snack cakes is that they are kind of full of really bad stuff. Like that “crème” filling they all boast? Yeah. That’s made of animal fat, or some kind of hydrogenated something. Have it now and then. But we’re not in high school anymore, so eating it every day is not advisable.

Apple Snack Cake

How do you make easy snack cake? Well, you need a 9 x 13 pan and you need a recipe that mixes up in one bowl. And if you do it really well, there shouldn’t be much fat or bad stuff involved. Like with this apple cake!

Apple Snack Cake

This recipe was initially my mom’s, but I modified it. She loves this cake because it’s easy to make and tastes great. I agree with that, but I cut the oil in half just to see what would happen. Guess what? It worked. I also used apple pie filling instead of the apple slices the recipe initially called for to add more moisture, but not as much fat. And finally, I cut the sugar in half.

Apple Snack Cake

I tested this cake out at work, and a colleague had no clue that it had apple pie filling in it. She thought the apples were fresh. So that’s a good thing! I’d much rather use the canned stuff if nobody can tell the difference.

Apple Snack Cake

The result is a fantastic after-school treat. You can feel really good about giving this to kids, or about eating it all yourself. Save Little Debbie for a really bad day!


Apple Snack Cake


21-oz. can apple pie filling
2 eggs
1/2 cup oil
2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Coat a 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray.
  2. Mix all the ingredients together in one bowl, stirring until well combined.
  3. Pour the cake batter into the pan.
  4. Bake for 30-35 minutes until golden brown and set (test the doneness with a toothpick). Let the cake cool completely before cutting into pieces.


I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner. This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker. Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.

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  1. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    I love snack cakes, Mir! The idea of just snackin’ on a cake has always appealed to me! 🙂 This apple cake looks fantastic! I love that it’s healthier and so full of flavor!
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    1. Mir

      I do love snacking on a cake. And some cookies and candy! We’re both having an apple kind of day, Gayle!

  2. Manali @ CookWithManali

    this looks like such an easy cake to make! I have never had snack cakes before and now that you told me how unhealthy they are , I am never going to buy one either. Better to make at home!
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    1. Mir

      I like them now and then, but yep, they’re kind of poison. And I don’t say that too often about food, Manali!

  3. Mira

    Looks moist and delicious! I do like to know what goes in my baked goods, so the best way is to make them myself! Looks pretty easy to whip up and I’ll make it soon!!!
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    1. Mir

      It’s super easy, Mira! And nothing to object to!

  4. Erin | The Law Student's Wife

    I grew up having a Little Debbie in my lunch every single day. You are totally bringing me back to the good times!
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    1. Mir

      They were good times, Erin! I miss those snack cakes.

  5. Danielle

    Ahh Little Debbies were the best as a kid! I was obsessed with oatmeal creme pies! Love how quick and easy this apple snack cake looks. Apples are so good this time of year, I’ll find any excuse to eat them. Especially in a cake!
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    1. Mir

      I loved the Swiss fudge rolls. They were so good!

  6. Melissa A

    Sounds like a great fall treat and so easy to make. Thanks!
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    1. Mir

      Very easy, Melissa!

      1. Melissa A

        Baking it now. I even sprinkled cinnamon on the top. So easy to make!
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        1. Mir

          So glad to hear it! My mom adds cinnamon, too. It’s definitely an option!

          1. Melissa A

            It came out delicious. 🙂
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          2. Mir

            Oh, yay! So glad to know.

  7. Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat.

    Isn’t it the best when you can cut the fat and sugar in a favourite recipe, and it still tastes great?! That always makes my day when those changes work out! This sounds delicious!
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    1. Mir

      It is good when that happens, Stacey! I think it works best with cake. Cake is so forgiving!

  8. Michele @ Two Raspberries

    this looks so great! it looks very very moist like it just turns into ooey gooey good-ness in your mouth 😉 yummm!
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    1. Mir

      It works surprisingly well! I’m kind of shocked by how little fat and sugar it needs to taste good!

  9. Maureen Diodati

    I can’t wait to make your apple cake! Thank you!!
    Love, Mo

    1. Mir

      Thanks, Mo! It’ll be great for Jim! Hugs.

  10. Jocelyn@Brucrewlife

    Oh, how I love this lovely, easy to make snack cake! It’s exactly the kind of snack my kids want right after school! 🙂 Yum!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Jocelyn! Just don’t tell them it’s healthy. They’ll never know!

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