This Apple Cake with Custard Sauce is the perfect dessert to add to your fall dinner party menu, or to bring to a party or potluck!

spoonful of custard on apple cake

Fall has been a beautiful season for entertaining in Oregon, and we’re not just talking about in-home dinner parties. The weather has been so warm and glorious, and the colors seem to be more stunning than ever, and last weekend we were able to host a party and cozy up around our outside entertaining area.

Apple Cake with Pumpkin Custard


This meal was party of the Harry & David blogging tour, and the delicious products used were provided by the Harry & David Country Village, here in Medford, OR.

Pear Chalkboard Table Setting

Last week, enjoying a Pear Chalkboard-themed dinner party, the menu was easy to pull off, because I had plenty of help and the opportunity to plan ahead. That’s the secret to easy entertaining! You can’t save everything for last-minute, or you’ll really be scrambling. And I’ve learned, that’s not a fun way to entertain.

Apple Cake with Custard Sauce

Apple Cake with Custard Sauce

What better time than a crisp, leisurely evening, with beautiful colors, and delicious appetizers, a warm and abundant salmon dinner, and then ending the party inside with Apple Cake with Custard Sauce.

Using Harry & David products, it was a joy for me to cook and serve my blogging friends!

Pear Chalkboard Table Setting

Easy Fall Dinner Party Menu:

Appetizers: Butternut and Pear Spread Crostini, Apple Cherry Chutney with Mango Baked Brie, Baked Salami Chips and vegetables, and other miscellaneous Harry & David dips and yummy crackers.

Salad: This Pear Salad, with pears, smokey blue cheese, and pumpkin seeds.

Main Dish: Red Lentil and Sweet Potato Soup, Brussels Sprouts Braised in Cream with Sweet Dates, and Salmon with H&D Apple Cherry Chutney.

Bread: Local bread (Coquette) and this butter recipe with H&D Marmalade Jam.

Dessert: Apple Cake with Custard Sauce (using H&D Pumpkin Butter – recipe BELOW).

Dinner Party Appetizers

I loved hosting my friends. It was delightful, a little chilly in the outdoors after the sun set (we rented a couple of heaters), so we moved inside for dessert.

I let my fears go, that my house wouldn’t be “perfect” enough, and later I had to chuckle. I saw the tag on the lamp that just arrived the day before the party (a SWAG party favor from BHG trip to NYC). It made me chuckle. To some people, they’d be horrified, but I’ve learned to just “go with the flow.” And smile. :)

Three of the guests came a little later (delayed flight) and one came after dinner, but I determined to move with style and grace, removing a place setting, welcoming the late guests, and embracing the moment.

Blogger dinner in backyard

Another lesson I learned about entertaining is to stop yourself when you start comparing yourself to others.

Realize the tools you have. The gifts you have been blessed with. What comes easily to you, and what is difficult. Ask for help where you need it!

Do NOT compare yourself to others, as if someone else is better than you. That is a time-waster. Focus more on the the needs of the people who are coming, and how you can bless them around your table.

Now for the delicious Apple Cake recipe with Warm Custard Sauce on top! Delightful!

Do you enjoy entertaining large groups of people? Or do you get caught up in “comparison?”

Apple Cake with Pumpkin Custard

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Get the Recipe:

Apple Cake with Custard Sauce

Delicious served warm. Add Harry and David’s Pumpkin Butter to the vanilla sauce for a pumpkin custard.
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr 10 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 30 mins
Yield: 8


  • 8 cups Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced
  • 4 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 eggs

For the custard:

  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 egg yolks, beaten
  • 2 cups light cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • Pumpkin butter or plain pumpkin, optional


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray.
  • Peel and slice apples; coat with the brown sugar and cinnamon by mixing together with a spoon or your hands, and placing in a 9×13 pan.
  • Mix the next 5 ingredients together (butter, sugar, flour, salt, eggs) to make a crumble. Place on top of the apple mixture.
  • Bake at 350 for 1 hour.

Make the custard:

  • To make the custard, in a saucepan over medium heat, stir together the sugar, cornstarch, salt, eggs, and cream. Stir constantly until smooth and thick. Stir in 1 tsp. vanilla.
  • OPTIONAL: Add Harry and David’s Pumpkin Butter to the vanilla sauce for a pumpkin custard.
  • Spoon the warm sauce over individual servings.
Cuisine: American
Course: Dessert
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This dinner party was sponsored by Harry & David, who provided the product and food items. But as always, all opinions are my own.