Butterscotch Apple Cake


It's a week away from Thanksgiving and I know many of you are planning your Thanksgiving menus, if you haven't already. Maybe someday I'll get to plan the Thanksgiving menu, but for now my parents are in charge of it. Not that it changes much every year; everyone enjoys eating our traditional Thanksgiving feast... Turkey, gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, rolls, green bean casserole, and pie.

However, I am involved in the dessert planning. When I say dessert, I mean the pie. Although it would be nice to have some cakes and cookies too. I told mom to bake the traditional pecan and pumpkin pie, and I'm going to bake two or three more desserts. I'm still thinking about what I would like to make - this is a very important decision. I must bake some new and unique pies.

Does anyone ever watch David Letterman on Thanksgiving? He always has to try and guess what kind of pies his mom bakes. I used to watch this every year... I even remember watching it with my grandpa, years and years ago.

I love his mom! She's so cute. I wonder what kind of pies she'll bake this year? I'm going to have to watch. As for what kind of pies I'm going to bake, you'll just have to wait and see. What are you baking?


Anyway, if some of you are trying to think of what to make for your Thanksgiving dessert, I've created a list for you that will hopefully help you out. They're mostly all pies, of course.

First, you'll need to know how to make pie dough. Pie dough from scratch is the best!
Double Crust Pie Dough


This is the pecan pie I made last year.
Ultimate Pecan Pie


This is the pumpkin pie I baked last year.
Maple-Vanilla Bean Pumpkin Pie

Mmm I love a good sweet potato pie.
Sweet Potato Pie


I'm kinda thinking I should make an apple pie this year. But with a twist.
Deep-Dish Caramel Apple Pie


Many people love cherry pie and this is a good one!
Ultimate Cherry Pie

Chocolate pecan pie... uhhh, my favorite pie ever.
Chocolate Pecan Pie

Topping an apple pie with a crumb topping can be easier and tastier than using crust.
Crumb Topped Apple Pie

Here's your classic pumpkin pie. Don't forget to use Libby's!
Pumpkin Pie

Here's your classic pecan pie.
Pecan Pie

I LOVED this pie. Why haven't I made it again??
Chewy Ginger Cookie-Crusted Pumpkin Pie with Maple Whipped Cream


For those who don't like pie. How could you not like pie? Mmm pear and cranberry go so well together.
Pear & Cranberry Gingersnap Crisp

Bread pudding for the bread pudding lovers. This is the best bread pudding ever. Seriously.
Sweet Potato Bread Pudding with Toasted Marshmallows

Or, if you want to contribute something different besides pie to the Thanksgiving table, you might try making this Butterscotch Apple Cake.


Eric's dad brought this recipe back to me from a cooking class that he and his wife attended at Silver Dollar City in Branson. I love Silver Dollar City! You guys already know that. I haven't take a cooking class there before, but maybe I'll get to attend in the future.

He told Eric it was the best apple cake he's ever had. After I baked it, I would have to agree. Thank you for the recipe! This is a cake I know I will bake again and again. Annnd, it's so easy!


This is just a simple little spice cake with chopped apples in the batter, topped with butterscotch chips. It probably takes ten minutes to make it... I like that. This cake is really moist from the apple in it, but also because it uses oil instead of butter.

Butterscotch Apple Cake

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup oil
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups diced peeled apple
2 cups butterscotch chips

Heat oven to 325 degrees F. Coat a 13x9-inch glass baking dish with cooking spray.

In a medium mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. In a large mixing bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat together oil, sugar, eggs and vanilla for 2-3 minutes or until well combined and doubled in volume. Reduce mixer speed to low and beat in flour mixture until just combined. Stir in apple until combined.

Spread cake batter into prepared baking dish. Evenly sprinkle with butterscotch chips. Bake 45-50 minutes or until well risen, golden brown, and cake pulls away from edges of dish. Cool on a wire rack.

Makes 15 servings


  1. that looks so delish! i'm coming over!

  2. This looks great! I love butterscotch and apples together...soooo tasty!

  3. Looks delicious! I love apples(: I love the butterscotch chips in the cake. I'm probably making a pudding pie for thanksgiving, a pumpkin cheesecake, and something else. Maybe another pie. I'm not sure yet(:

  4. I love all the pictures of the pies and the apple cake looks delicious. I'm keeping that recipe..

  5. Mmmm, this looks so amazing. I'm definitely making it tomorrow!

  6. That apple cake looks fantastic, and that deep dish caramel apple pie has been on my "to make" list for a while now! Amazing desserts, as always! I think I may be making a maple pecan pumpkin cheesecake to try to spice things up a little from the norm. Hopefully it goes over well!

  7. This cakes and all the pie taht you presented looks delicious! I love pies, but honestly it's the cake that I would choose (with vanilla ice cream of course!)

  8. I am excited to see what kind of pies you'll bake this year :-)

  9. Your desserts always looks amazing. I have to come up with stuff to bring to 3 Thanksgivings, this may be a quick an easy way to bring something yummy!

    Here is a new pie I tried last year that was awesome: http://www.midwestliving.com/recipe/pies/apple-cranberry-walnut-pie-fish-creek-wi/

  10. all of those pies looks sooo good! i love traditional thanksgiving pies, but that butterscotch apple cake looks amazing too!

  11. I love butterscotch so I'll have to try this recipe sometime. We aren't doing pie this year, b/c we always end up with so many leftovers and most people are too full from dinner. My gramma used to make like 4 pies and they'd hardly get eaten! This year I am doing my pumpkin cream pies and a pear gingersnap cheesecake instead. Saving the pies for Christmas!

  12. Oh my gosh...my mouth is watering!!!!! Thank you so much for posting all of the Thanksgiving dessert ideas. I am in charge of desserts too...of course. YAY! Usually I have my menu developed way in advance...but I have had a horrific migraine going on 5 days....(having an MRI tomorrow and praying for some relief) so I am behind in my baking and of course having baking withdrawals!!!! All of your recipes look amazing....thinking of trying the vanilla maple pumpkin pie and deep dish caramel apple pie!!! Thanks so much for sharing!!!:)

  13. You had me at BUTTERSCOTCH!!!!! And I love the pies too ;)

  14. Looks delicious Emily! J'importe la recette chez moi. Caroline B.

  15. I thought after two apple cakes that I had kicked the apple cake craving. Now I think I need to make another apple cake!

  16. I'm thinking of making sweet potato cupcakes this year, to mix it up. :) Perhaps w/ brown sugar, pecans and coconut, since that's how we make sweet potato casserole in our family instead of w/ marshmallows! Our other tradition is corn pudding. It's fascinating what different foods each family makes.

  17. I have this baking in the oven right now. Thank you! However did you really use 2 full cups of butterscotch chips? I had about a cup and half and couldn't even fit them all on top without it being too much in my opinion. I cut back but it still looks like mine has more than yours does in your pictures.

  18. why yes, i could use a slice...

    i think i'm bringing an apple crisp, or maybe i'll have a go at a apple/pear/cranberry number :)

  19. Thanks everyone!

    Yours Truly, I did cut back a bit on the chips. It seemed like too much to me. I just wanted to post the original recipe. I hope you enjoy it! Thanks for making it. :)

  20. Butterscotch and apple are a classic, perfect combination!

  21. The pecan pie looks delicious and tasty. Reminds me of Georgia.


  22. I just bookmarked this post so that I can make about 5 of those recipes. Gorgeous and delicious! I hope your week is going well!

  23. Can't wait to see what desserts you whip up this year! Love the butterscotch chips in your apple cake - yum!

  24. I'm gonna give this a try. And I'll tell ya what else I'd like to try ALL of those pies & that sweet potatoe bread pudding!

  25. butterscotch is good, but you know what i'd find to be even better? cinnamon chips. be still, my heart.

  26. Thank you for these recipes...my husband wants apple pie for Thanksgiving so I think I'm going to try the caramel one or the crumb topped one rather than the usual one I make. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family (and to the other readers too)!

  27. Ooh, you revamped your blog layout! Looking good, Emily.

    I made your pecan pie last year and everyone loved it, so I may do it again. My crusts are lacking, though =( But the roundup is the pecan, a Dutch apple pie, and a pumpkin pie. You have a great selection of pies in this post!

  28. My husband's family is pretty hardcore about cooking for Thanksgiving so all I have to do is eat. I was even going to skip making dessert but did a test run of a Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie today that is outstanding! I will definitely be making it again for Thanksgiving.

  29. I love reading your blog. By chance what kind of apples did you use. (Granny Smith), I hope so. That is what I bought. Thank you.


  30. ok, first off. that butterscotch apple cake is CALLING my name. secondly, you take fantastic photos.

  31. I have all of these ingredients, so this sounds like a good thing to bring to my parents' house for Thanksgiving. Thanks for sharing!

  32. Nice pie list!
    We hosted 60 family members for T-day. I think we had over 25 pies, cookies, cheesecake. My favorite part of T-day food is also sweet potatoes. I think I could just live on them alone.

  33. Hey Sugar Plum!

    So, I baked your butterscotch apple cake this weekend! Can I just say, mmmm. The butterscotch addition was excellent and made it special. Have you ever tried it with butter instead of oil?

    I posted a pic on my blog to show it off :) http://whatcafrindid.blogspot.com/2011/12/sunday-funday.html

    Thanks, can't wait for my next baking weekend to try more.