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Apple-Nut Cake from JCCFS

Apple Nut Cake from the JCCFS in brasstown nc

I inherited Granny’s copy of the cookbook Favorite Recipes of the John C. Campbell Folk School. The book was published in 1971. My Mamaw Marie (Pap’s mother) worked at the folk school and I believe she gifted Granny with the book back in the day.

The book is packed with great recipes, a few photos, verses of the blessings sung before each meal in the folk school’s dining hall, and prints like they one you see at the top of the photo above.

I’m going to share one of my favorite recieps from the cookbook with you today: Apple-Nut Cake.

Apple-Nut Cake

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups cooking oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups finely diced apples
  • 1/2 cup nuts (I use pecans)

Apple Nut Cake from the john c campbell folk school in Brasstown

Combine flour, soda, salt, sugar, and oil; mix well.

Add eggs one at a time beating after each.

Add vanilla, apples, and nuts.

Pour into a 13 X 9 baking pan. Bake at 325° for 1 1/2 hours or until done. It only takes an hour in my oven. Pour glaze on while cake is still hot.

Apple-Nut Cake Glaze

  • 1 stick margarine or butter
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup brown sugar

Combine all glaze ingredients in a small saucepan; bring to a boil and boil for 2-3 minutes. Pour over hot cake.

Apple Nut Cake from the JCCFS

This is a quick and easy dessert to make-the hardest part is chopping the apples, which isn’t really that hard. The cake is very good especially with a hot cup of coffee or scoop of vanilla ice cream or both!


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    Virginia Malone
    June 22, 2018 at 3:03 pm

    It looks and sounds good. I will have to make that for my family. It would be good with a cup of coffee. Love that you share it with everyone. Thank you and God Bless! MY HUSBAND AND I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO GET THE RECIPE FOR MELLOW DEW ICECREAM, SO IF ANYONE OUT KNOWS WILL YOU PLEASE SHARE IT WITH US AND POST IT. THANKS.

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    September 19, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    My mom makes this cake allot for reunions and church dinners.

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    Suzi Phillips
    February 10, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    I made this cake for our Super Bowl gathering and it got rave reviews! Hope you’re enjoying your snow, Tipper! My best to Pap-

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    Rev. Rose Marie "RB" Redmond
    February 1, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    This sounds yummy and sounds like the sugars could easily be replaced with Splenda for diabetics.
    I’m going to try it soon.
    God bless.

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    Ed Ammons
    February 1, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    Not trying to rub it in or nothing but I still have a little bit of snow in the back yard. It is 66° right now and starting to rain. By morning the last of it will be gone.

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    February 1, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    Can’t imagine it doesn’t have cinnamon and nutmeg. I’ll give the recipe a try and then do another with the spices. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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    b. Ruth
    February 1, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    I don’t have a cup and a half of oil…I wondered if you could substitute applesauce for a portion of the oil…like some boxed cake mixes suggest? Couldn’t hurt the flavor that’s for sure! ha….
    I have the “creeping crud”, guess I caught it from the upper respiratory stuff from my Grandchildren.
    Guess, I better concentrate on oranges (vitamin C) instead of apples today…ha
    Thanks for the recipe….

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    Ed Ammons
    February 1, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    I like the first picture. Three womenfolk in the kitchen working together. All three are in dresses and two of them have aprons on. The third one might have an apron too. All their ingredients are in canisters. Their pots and pans are hanging from hooks. It’s not a sight we see too often these days.
    I would say that it is Tipper, Chatter and Chitter but none of you were around when the cookbook was published.

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    Ken Roper
    February 1, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    A friend brought me a big chunk of that Apple Cake with some Black Walnut pieces in it and that was as good as I’ve ever had. I drink Coffee like it’s going out of style so that topped it off.
    My printer tore up about 2 years ago and I just let it go, don’t even use one anymore. I imagine this is just like your Apple-Nut Cake, very moist and tasty. I’ll write down your receipe for future use. Thanks…Ken

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    Lisa Snuggs
    February 1, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    With recipes like this, how in the world do you stay so slim?

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    Pamela Danner
    February 1, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Looks absolutely yummy! I have a recipe for apple cake a woman I worked with from West Virginia gave me. It is soooo good! I have the John C. Campbell cookbook from 1990.

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    Ron Stephens
    February 1, 2016 at 9:28 am

    Oh my ! I’ve posted this before but apple-black walnut-spice cake is my absolute favorite. Use brown sugar or molasses or both in the recipe and, as my boss was fond of saying, “It don’t get no better !” Makes me think of Grandma’s dried apple stack cake and her gingerbread.
    By the way, we had about a big handful of raw cranberries around Christmas and my wife cooked them with apples and the dish turned out the most beautiful rosy red. It was tart of course but the color alone makes it a good holiday dish.

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    Miss Cindy
    February 1, 2016 at 7:26 am

    Tip, a piece of that cake would go just right with my morning cup if tea. I love the old recipes they are simple good food! There are always lots of apple cake recipes in the old local cookbooks around here, guess that’s because apples grow so well here. My granny had lots of apple trees around her house. She had early apples, mid apples and late apples, so she had apples all summer. They were a mainstay in the local diet, and dried, canned, and frozen for winter use. Guess apples were the primary fruit of the area.
    A big treat at Granny’s was the first apple cobbler of the year from the early June Apples. Everyone looked forward to it.

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    February 1, 2016 at 6:02 am

    Oh my, that looks good! I have a whole pinterest board of just “apple” and I will add this recipe if that’s alright?
    I love the illustration, too. I love woodcuts and wood engravings and linocuts, and this is the year I am determined to try my hand at linocuts. Been wanting to do it for so many years, I’m now almost afraid to try – doesn’t make sense, does it?

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