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Apple Cake with Vanilla Bean Sauce #backtoschooltreats

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 #BacktoSchoolTreats week recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

I hope you have enjoyed #BackToSchoolTreats Week!  So many wonderful ideas and recipes for treats for your after school needs.  I love this apple cake as you can make it advance, portion control the servings and add the topping straight from the fridge.  Good stuff.

The apple cake is made with some of my favorite brands, Taylor & Colledge Vanilla Paste and  Flahavan's Oatmeal. I'm excited to share this recipe with you.  This cake is great cold or warm. The vanilla sauce is good warm or cold. Think of the combinations you can make!  Try dusting it with powdered sugar, or swiping peanut butter across the top when it is warm. Oh, my.

This makes nine pieces that can be portioned out and put in the refrigerator for an instant snack. Pop in the microwave for about 30 seconds to make it warm, if you desire.  This is good served a la mode (with ice cream.)

It's also great made with applesauce.  Replace the chopped apple with 1 c applesauce. Unsweetened is the best. Only use the milk if needed to make a batter.

Yield: 9

Apple Cake with Vanilla Bean Sauce

Delicious cake made with fresh apples, oatmeal, and brown sugar, topped with a vanilla bean sauce that you add before eating.
prep time: 20 Mcook time: 35 Mtotal time: 55 M


  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 c vegetable oil
  • 3.4 c sugar
  • 1/4 c packed brown sugar
  • 1 t vanilla paste
  • 1 c flour
  • 3/4 t baking soda
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1 c oatmeal
  • 1 c peeled chopped, apple
  • 2 T milk
For the sauce
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar (granulated)
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Optional: 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt


How to cook Apple Cake with Vanilla Bean Sauce

For the cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350.  Prepare an 8 x 8 inch pan by coating the inside sides and bottom with shortening, baking spray or butter.
  2. Combine dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, cinnamon.
  3. Beat egg, sugar and vanilla.
  4. Combine wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Stir well.
  5. Add oatmeal and apple. Stir well. Add milk if needed to make a batter.
  6. Pour into prepared 8 x 8 in pan and bake for 30-35 minutes.
  7. Cool completely.
  8. Cut into nine squares.
For the sauce
  1. Combine sugar and cornstarch.
  2. Bring water to boiling.
  3. Add cornstarch mixture to water and stir until incorporated.
  4. Reduce heat and stir until thickened.
  5. Add cream and stir well.
  6. Remove from the heat and stir in butter, vanilla paste and salt.
  7. Whisk until butter is fully melted and incorporated.


Add cream or water if sauce is too thick.
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Apple cake in a polka dotted pan

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Air Fryer Almond Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins from Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
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Apple Cinnamon Buns from A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures
Cherry Almond Scones from The Redhead Baker
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Overnight Oats from Tara's Multicultural Table
Chocolate Oatmeal Surprise from Girl Abroad
Chorizo, Sausage and Caramelized Onion Mini Quiche from My Sweet Zepol
GF Banana Bread Muffins from Frugal & Fit
PB&J stuffed French Toast from The Domestic Kitchen
Rainbow Sprinkle Pancakes from A Day in the Life on the Farm
S'mores Breakfast Bars from Nik Snacks

Back to School Snacks:

ABC 123 Snack Mix from Big Bear's Wife
Banana Sushi from Simple and Savory
Blueberry Granola Bars from Karen's Kitchen Stories
Granola Trail Mix Snack Packs from Home Sweet Homestead

Back to School Desserts:

Apple Cake with Vanilla Bean Sauce from Our Good Life
Apple Slice Donuts from For the Love of Food
Funfetti Cookie Dough Bars from The Spiffy Cookie
Funfetti Vanilla Dirt Cups from Love and Confections
Gluten Free Lemon Cream Bars from The Mandatory Mooch
Loaded Chocolate Chunk Bar Cookies from Hardly A Goddess
Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes from Daily Dish Recipes
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies from Kelly Lynn’s Sweets and Treats
Spiced Honey Hazelnut Cookies from Culinary Adventures with Camilla

Back to School Drinks:

Affogato Caramel Vanilla Milkshake from Family Around the Table
Apple Pie Latte from The Beard and The Baker
Hot Buttered Caramel Rum from The Domestic Kitchen

Summer is winding down, and we are celebrating with #BacktoSchoolTreats hosted by Terri from Love and Confections and Christie from A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures. All week-long 30 bloggers will be sharing 100+ fantastic recipes for both parents and kids, with breakfasts, snacks, desserts, and drinks to get you back in the school routine. Thank you sponsors for providing the prize packages. Don't forget to enter the giveaway below!

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Taylor & Colledge Prize Package


Taylor & Colledge is giving one winner a selection of their gourmet extract pastes, including Organic Vanilla Bean Baking Paste, Lavender Baking Paste, Almond Baking Paste, Coconut Baking Paste, Lemon Baking Paste, and Peppermint Baking Paste.

Taylor & Colledge has been making award-winning Vanilla products since 1897. As a family-owned business, Taylor & Colledge has always been committed to the fair, ethical and sustainable sourcing of Vanilla. Over the years they have pioneered a number of country-specific programs to support growers, their families and to make the vanilla industry more sustainable. They have also taken this knowledge and expertise and applied it to their full range of baking pastes. Whether it’s sourcing the finest peppermint (mentha Piperita) to make the best Peppermint Oil, or using only real Almond Milk and Oil of Bitter Almond for their natural Almond Extract Paste, Taylor & Colledge is committed to transforming your baking with premium quality pastes, made with only the finest ingredients from around the world.

Flahavan's Oats


Flahavan's is giving one winner an oat prize package including a jar for overnight oats and a selection of Rolled Oats, Quick to Cook Oats, and Steel Cut Oats.

Ireland’s oldest family-owned food business is situated at the family mill in the Southeast of Ireland. Flahavan’s can trace its oat milling history back to 1785 and its expertise in producing naturally creamy oatmeal back over 230 years. A seven-generation family business, Flahavan’s is the bestselling oatmeal brand in Ireland, where people eat more oatmeal per capita than anywhere else in the world. Flahavan’s is a founding member of Origin Green, the first-ever national initiative to mandate 100% sustainability for food exports.

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  1. Apple cake always brings back such fond Mom memories for me. Happy to have another recipe.

  2. What a tasty treat and so perfect for back to school! Love this recipe.

  3. This cake sounds perfect with that vanilla bean sauce on top! Such wonderful flavors.

  4. Oh my! What wonderful flavor combinations!

  5. I love the moistness apples give to baked goods. And that vanilla bean sauce... Yum!

  6. This sounds wonderful with that sauce! Makes me look forward to all those fall apples!

  7. What a hearty and delicious looking cake. I can't wait for fall apples to try this.


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