Gran's Apple Cake Recipe
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Gran's Apple Cake Recipe

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My grandmother occasionally brought over this wonderful cake warm from the oven. The spicy apple flavor combined with the sweet cream cheese frosting made this dessert a treasured recipe. Even though I've lightened it up, it's still a family favorite. —Lauris Conrad, Turlock, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
MAKES:18 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
MAKES: 18 servings


  • 1-2/3 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 cups chopped peeled tart apples
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 241 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 29mg cholesterol, 284mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (30g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein .


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Coat a 13x9-in. baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, beat sugar, eggs, applesauce, oil and vanilla until well blended. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; gradually beat into sugar mixture. Fold in apples and pecans.
  3. Transfer to prepared pan. Bake 35-40 minutes or until top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
  4. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla until smooth. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar (mixture will be soft). Spread over cake. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 18 servings.
Originally published as Gran's Apple Cake in Quick Cooking November/December 2003, p55

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Jannahughes 254577
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2016

"Very moist and flavorful. I ran out of apples so added 2 cups of chopped pears to my 4 cups of chopped apples. Still excellent and can't even tell that pears were used. My frosting did not turn out like the picture looks tho. But was still good. I might double the frosting recipe next time, it barely covered the cake."

cruisingail 253939
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2016

"OMG this cake is as moist as it is flavorful...the cream cheese icing tops it off with alittle sweetness."

Quincal 253896
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2016

"My husband has been advised to avoid processed sugar. I sustituted two pitted dates (blended with the liquids) and added a 1/4 cup Stevia. I omitted the frosting. The cake turned out well. Thanks for sharing this recipe."

leh2020 133443
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2013

"Super moist and yummy! I added raisins to mine-will definitely make this again:)"

maddawson 90438
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2013

"This recipe was a good way to use up some of my dad's apples from his apple tree. My boys LOVED it & one of them said it was the cinnamon in it that made it taste so good!"

chilipower 142489
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2011

"A good recipe...tastes somewhat like apple cobbler. I kinda overbaked mine, but it was still moist. I didn't add frosting to the cake, but served it with whipped cream."

HeatherD35 52194
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2011

"Delicious. I shredded the apples and left out the nuts to make it more kid friendly. I haven't frosted it yet, but we've enjoyed pieces without the frosting. Very moist. Yum."

bobbie29 50166
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2010

"This is my go to recipe for apple cake. Everyone on special diets can eat this"

texmexqueen 50157
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2010

"This cake is always a hit in any gathering that I have been. The whole family really love it, it's so far our favorite."

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