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Thanksgiving Apple Cake Recipe Inspired by Apple Cake: A Gratitude Book

I adore the children’s book Apple Cake: A Gratitude by Dawn Casey, and made this Thanksgiving Apple Cake Recipe from her story. I absolutely love reading it with my kids this time of year.  The book is a rhyming story in which a child says thank you to the gifts that nature proxies to her and her family.

She is thankful for the eggs from the chickens, nuts from the trees, and milk from cows.  Follow along as she gives thanks & collects all the ingredients to make an apple cake with her family.  A recipe for Apple Cake at the end of the book allows you and your kids to share in joyful gratitude. 

My kids love cutting the apples in half horizontally to see the special star.  

Thanksgiving Apple Cake Recipe Apple Stars

They like chopping up the apples, grinding the nuts to make the flour for the Thanksgiving Apple Cake recipe, cracking the eggs & of course eating it! 

Thanksgiving Apple Cake Recipe Batter
Thanksgiving Apple Cake Recipe Adding Apples

This year I topped the cake with apple star slices which I made using a star cookie cutter & I even added a star apple to our cider.  A little cinnamon & powdered sugar sprinkled on top and you have a beautiful dessert to bring to your neighbor, coworkers, or your own thanksgiving dinner.

Thanksgiving Apple Cake Recipe Cutting Stars

Making this Thanksgiving Apple Cake recipe has become a fun family tradition the week of Thanksgiving.  We enjoy our apple cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream & say what we are thankful for in our lives.  

Thanksgiving Apple Cake Recipe Finished

You can purchase the book here and create your own Thanksgiving Apple Cake Recipe Inspired by Apple Cake: A Gratitude Book!

About the Creator!

I’m Kristen, a stay at home mom of a 5-year-old & 2-year-old. I live in Houston, TX  with my husband who is my college sweetheart, and a rescue dog named Lola.

I am a knack for interior decor styling, crafting & DIYing, photography & and I have a side business styling for family photoshoots.  You can follow me on Instagram @kristensellentin and my business at @lovelylookingfamily. You can also check out my website at

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