Two Apple Recipes for the Fall

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: …a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted.” Ecclesiastes 3:1 and 2b ESV

By: Jennifer Mullen

I get discouraged sometimes when reading blog posts that seem to be picturesque.  They seem too fantastic to be true.  Well unlike most bloggers, I am no domestic goddess.  Even though my kids and I had a fun day spending time with each other it was not some fairy tale. This is the true story of my fall apple picking and baking excursion.

Last week I awoke to a crisp, autumn morning with a vision of how I wanted my ideal day to look.  I set forth making it happen.  I dressed in a Pinterest inspired outfit complete with leggings, boots, dress, and warm sweater which proved to be a little warmer than I needed for the 77 degree day that was forecasted.  I ditched the sweater within ten minutes of leaving the house.

I dressed the kids, put them in the car, and made a quick stop at Starbucks for a pumpkin spice latte. Our destination was a local farm.  In my mind I envisioned us gallivanting through the orchards plucking apples from the trees, laughing, making memories of a new tradition.  Turned out that this farm has a fruit market only.  We were in and out with our purchase of pre-picked apples which we could have bought at Wal-Mart.  It was very anti-climatic for the kids and me.

I had searched for two recipes I wanted to try.  Being a cook in training, I have never made anything with apples.  I wanted to tackle applesauce and some type of cake.   Since I have never made a cake from scratch, I chose to do a dump cake using a cake mix from a box.  (It would have been a lot easier to have used a can of apple pie filling, but remember, I was trying to make memories.)

After going to the market, we went to Wal-Mart to get everything we needed…including the potato masher.  I am telling you, I NEVER cook anything.  In seven years of marriage, I have never needed a potato masher.

Even though my daughter’s review of both recipes was two thumbs down, she still had a great time working in the kitchen.  I personally liked both dishes.

Homemade Applesauce:

What you will need:

  • 8 small apples (I used Jonathon apples)
  • 4 tablespoons of lemon juice concentrate
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 cup of brown sugar (I would cut it to 1/2 cup)
  • pinch of salt



Peel, core, and slice the apples. Throw them in a pot over medium heat; add the brown sugar, salt, lemon juice, cinnamon and water.

Bring to a simmer and reduce heat to low. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 45 minutes, until the apples are extremely soft and mushy.

Using a potato masher mash the apples together until you have consistency you desire.


Apple Dumpcake: 

What you will need:

  • 6 small apples (I used Jonathon apples)
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 and 1/4 cup apple juice
  • Golden butter cake mix
  • stick of butter (or more)
  • 1 cup of chopped nuts (optional)

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease a cake pan.  (I used two smaller pans so I could deliver one to a friend.) In a bowl, mix apples with 2 teaspoons cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar. Spread evenly in pan. Cover with juice. Sprinkle dry cake mix over apple mixture. Pour melted butter over top. Bake for 30-45 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly.

While we were waiting for the dumpcake to cook, we made a stamp out of an apple cut in half. Among other things, we made this note card for the cake we delivered.

The recipe for applesauce I used can be found here.

The recipe for the dumpcake can be found here.

3 thoughts on “Two Apple Recipes for the Fall

  1. Veronica

    Even though you might have not achieved your picture perfect day with your kids, I can assure you, it was to them. What great memories you have given them.

    My kids love being in the kitchen with me, even though they are boys. I pray they become cherished memories.

  2. Ms. Heather

    We LOVE making applesauce at our house. I even make it in my slow cooker with my preschool students! I will be trying the apple dump cake……sounds perfect for a neighborhood lady get together:-)

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