I grew up in the South and never heard about this cake. It wasn’t until my boss had posted this recipe on Facebook that I knew about it. And I knew that I had to try this luscious looking dessert. And I wasn’t disappointed!

Granny Smith apples can be tart but that is part of what makes this a great dessert. The combination of white sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon,nutmeg and other ingredients, have come together to form a perfect union. This “perfect” union is a masterful dessert that is flavorful, crunchy like (apples) with a wonderful caramel sauce (home made) that is the right amount of sweetness.

One of the most important parts about making this cake is to have your apples peeled, diced and ready to go. The mixture of oil, sugars and other ingredients makes for a very thick cake mixture. It can be a bit intimidating to mix it and getting it into the cake pan. But trust me, its worth it. (Watch me work it in the video)


1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
3 eggs
3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 apples, peeled and diced into 1/2-inch pieces (Winesap or Granny Smith recommended)
1 1/4 cups coarsely chopped pecans
2 1/4 teaspoons vanilla

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar
Pinch salt
1/2 cup heavy cream

Watershed Cake