Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  368
  • Protein  4 g
  • Carbohydrates  52 g
  • Fat  16 g
  • Cholesterol  53 mg
  • Sodium  110 mg
  • Potassium  99 mg
  • Phosphorus  72 mg
  • Calcium  67 mg
  • Fiber  1.5 g

Apple Cake

Apples are versatile foods that score high when it comes to helping you stay healthy. Renal dietitian, Cristin from Pennsylvania, introduces her easy-to-make, low-potassium recipe packed with the flavor, fiber and wholesome goodness of apples.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis

Recipe submitted by DaVita renal dietitian Cristin from Pennsylvania.

Portions: 16     Serving size: 1/16 cake


  • 6 medium apples
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2-1/3 cups sugar
  • 3 cups all-purpose white flour
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Spray tube pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Peel, core and cut apples into slices or chunks.
  4. Combine cinnamon and 1/3 cup sugar. Mix in apple and set aside.
  5. Combine remaining ingredients in a bowl and beat with an electric mixer until smooth.
  6. Layer half the cake batter, then the apple, then remaining cake batter in prepared tube pan.
  7. Bake for 75 minutes until golden brown or toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. 

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 1/2 fruit, low potassium
  • 1 starch
  • 3 fat
  • 1-1/2 high calorie 

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • 1 medium apple yields approximately 1 cup peeled and cored.
  • Cake batter will be thick. Spread with a spatula to coat apples with top layer of batter.
  • This high calorie dessert is a great choice for packing in extra calories. Not recommended for people with diabetes due to the high carbohydrate content.

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celiapmontano says:


I used a little less sugar about 1 3/4 cup on the batter and about less than 1 cup of the canola oil. Also instead of using baking powder I used baking soda and Tartar sauce ( 1 1/2 tsp. Of baking soda and 1 tsp Tartar sauce) . Really taste good. Sweetness just enough. I also substituted. 1/3 c of fresh lemon juice instead of orange!

Aug. 11, 2014, 8:08 PM - Inappropriate review?

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klshively says:


How is it possible to use OJ in this recipe for renal patients? Too much K+ as far as I am concerned! Moderator comment: With only 1/4 cup orange juice the potassium contribution is only 7 mg per serving. You could use apple juice instead and add some orange zest.

Oct. 24, 2012, 4:21 AM - Inappropriate review?

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stb4 says:


Loved this cake will bake it again. Awesome.

Apr. 20, 2012, 8:44 PM - Inappropriate review?

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leigh561 says:


I made this using the Splenda blend and put a cream cheese glaze on was little on the heavy side but still a wonderful cake that the whole family enjoyed. Will be making this again!

Jul. 06, 2010, 5:37 PM - Inappropriate review?

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Since my dad is Diabetic, I baked this cake with half the sugar (actually I used Splenda) and it was delicious.

Jun. 07, 2009, 10:52 AM - Inappropriate review?

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kr92097 says:


Excellent cake. My family loved it.

May. 26, 2009, 9:28 AM - Inappropriate review?

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grogg2 says:


Baked this cake & served it with warm honey sauce. It was a hit. Everyone raved about it & wanted recipe. Also excellent on its own without sauce. Will be making this again.

Feb. 03, 2009, 9:56 AM - Inappropriate review?

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