Apple Butterscotch Snack Cake

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Apple Butterscotch Snack Cake is one of our best apple recipes for a special fall treat. The apple, nut and butterscotch flavors of this moist snack cake blend together in an amazing way!

slice of apple butterscotch snack cake

Apple Butterscotch Snack Cake

I’m not one for butterscotch chips. I never really have been, and I can never figure out why.

Apple, on the other hand, is one of my favorite fall flavors. We were flipping through an old cookbook that my grandma had given me, when we stumbled upon a recipe that called for apples and butterscotch chips. My mom and I both had to stop and think for a minute: Would those two flavors actually taste good together?

We decided to give it a try, even though both of us just couldn’t visualize putting apple and butterscotch together in a cake.

I nervously made the batter into 12 little cupcakes and put them in the oven. When they finally came out,  they looked really good! A soon as my mom tried to take one out, though, the whole cupcake fell apart. We ended up with a Tupperware container full of crumbles and chunks of butterscotch apple cupcakes.

baking dish full of homemade apple cake with butterscotch chips
My dad still wanted to try them when he came home from work. So after dinner, we all sat down to a scoop of ice cream atop a warm, crumbled cupcake. I only had three words to describe the flavor of those apple butterscotch cupcakes: Oh.My.Goodness.

I am now a proud fan of a new flavor: Butterscotch and Apple. Applescotch. Pretty good name, right?

Now all we had to do was make them stay together. Because, you can’t just give up on something this good.

How to Make Butterscotch Apple Snack Cake

So instead of making cupcakes like the recipe said, we just put the batter into an 8×8 inch pan to make bars, or basically a little apple butterscotch snack cake.

We also just added the butterscotch chips to the top so there wasn’t too much to choke the batter. This time, thankfully, the cake worked, cut evenly and tasted amazing!

Somehow the apple cake lasted until Sunday, when we took it to a friend’s house. That’s some huge self-control, right?  It was eaten so fast at my friend’s house that I didn’t even get to have a second serving!

squares of apple butterscotch snack cake

If you’re ready to wow everyone with a special fall treat this year, this is your snack cake. Serve it up for breakfast with a cup of hot coffee, or with a scoop of ice cream for dessert. It’s simple, fun, and delicious to eat!

Looking for a new apple dessert to try? Try our famous apple dumplings!

slice of apple butterscotch snack cake
slice of apple butterscotch snack cake

Apple Butterscotch Snack Cake

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Apple Butterscotch Snack Cake is one of our best apple recipes for a special fall treat. The flavors of moist apple cake and butterscotch pair perfectly!
Servings 9
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

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  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the canola oil, egg and sugar.
  • In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and baking powder.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix just until combined.
  • Fold in the chopped apples.
  • Spray an 8x8 pan with cooking spray.
  • Spread this mixture in the bottom of the prepared pan.
  • Sprinkle the walnuts and butterscotch chips on top of the cake batter.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Allow the bars to cool and cut them into squares.
  • This cake is best baked one day before serving.


This apple butterscotch snack cake is delicious alone, or warmed and served with ice cream on top!


Calories: 394kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 272mg | Potassium: 99mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1.1mg
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 394
Keyword apple desserts, cake recipes


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4 years ago

Do you think these would freeze well? Would you freeze before or after baking?

nibbles by nic
8 years ago

Im actually not a huge fan of butterscotch chips either, but WOW that is something to talk about and taste! YUM!!!

9 years ago

I LOVE the addition of butterscotch chips to this apple cake! What a great idea….and that streusel topping looks awesome!

9 years ago

Wow! This looks delicious! Thanks for the recipe. By the way I love the new name “applescotch.”

Cindy Eikenberg
9 years ago

I love different flavors combined and this cake looks SO good. I also love creating new words and I”m totally using applescotch! 🙂 Thanks for sharing the great recipe – pinning!

9 years ago

Thank you for the nice recipe.

Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes
9 years ago

Oh! I like the idea of a snack cake! It seems so much easier to make! 🙂 Sounds absolutely delish!