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Gran's Apple Cake Recipe

Gran's Apple Cake Recipe

From Turlock, California, Lauris Conrad reports, "Our grandmother occasionally brought over this wonderful cake warm from the oven. Its spicy apple flavor combined with the sweet cream cheese frosting was always welcome. Even though I've lightened it up, it's still a family favorite."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling YIELD: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


  • 1. In a bowl, combine the sugar, eggs, applesauce, oil and vanilla. Beat for 2 minutes on medium speed. Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; add to applesauce mixture and beat until combined. Fold in apples and pecans.
  • 2. Transfer to a 13x9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  • 3. For frosting, combine cream cheese, butter and vanilla in a small bowl until smooth. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar (mixture will be soft). Spread over cooled cake. Yield: 18 servings.

Nutritional Facts

Nutritional Analysis: 1 piece equals 241 calories, 8 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 32 mg cholesterol, 283 mg sodium, 42 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 3 g protein.

Reviews for Gran's Apple Cake

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Reviewed Nov. 17, 2013

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

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!"

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."

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."

Reviewed Jul. 27, 2010

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

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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