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Potluck German Apple Cake Recipe

Potluck German Apple Cake Recipe

My mother made this cake for me and my brothers during our childhood. It's excellent any time of the year for potlucks or picnics. —Edie DeSpain, Logan, Utah
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 55 min. + cooling YIELD:12-16 servings


  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups chopped peeled tart apples
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 teaspoons butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar


  • 1. In a large bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, oil and vanilla. Combine the flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt; add to egg mixture and mix well. Fold in apples and nuts. Pour into a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Bake at 350° for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  • 2. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and butter. Add confectioners' sugar, beating until smooth. Spread over cake. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 12-16 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 455 calories, 24g fat (6g saturated fat), 57mg cholesterol, 212mg sodium, 57g carbohydrate (42g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein

Reviews for Potluck German Apple Cake

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Reviewed Apr. 19, 2016

"I made this cake for dessert for our card club and everyone really liked it. Easy, and very, very good!"

Reviewed Mar. 1, 2016

"best new recipe i've tried in a while everyone loved it"

Reviewed Feb. 28, 2016

"This cake is delicious and moist, this recipe is a keeper !"

Reviewed Oct. 22, 2015

"Delicious and simple. The hardest part was peeling and dicing the apples."

Reviewed Sep. 21, 2015

"This cake is delicious! The batter was very thick, more like a quick bread than cake. I did make as directed, with no changes, but next time may forgo the frosting. The cake is fantastic with out it."

Reviewed Sep. 15, 2015

"This cake is moist and delicious! Check it at about 50 minutes...mine was done. The only changes I made were that I used coconut oil instead of vegetable oil, sprinkled with powdered sugar instead of making icing, and no nuts - my husband doesn't like them. I used Macintosh apples. Great recipe!"

Reviewed Aug. 22, 2015

"Sounds delish but I have a question. It says it serves 12-16. Do the nutrition facts apply to a 1/12 or 1/16 size serving?"

Reviewed Aug. 22, 2015

"This one was made many time by Gramma. Sometime you can use Store Brand or Generic Cream Cheese instead of the ore expensive Name Brand. Beware, you will need to buy more blocks if you try to skimp on the price of Name Brand."

Reviewed Aug. 21, 2015

"more apples"

Reviewed Aug. 20, 2015

"Make this as written or don't review and rate it with your own play on it. Less of this, more of that or any other changes is really unfair to the cook who posted the recipe. Post your own recipe if you changed the recipe and see if it gets published. Otherwise...rate & review it as is. I think this was awesome!"

Reviewed Jan. 12, 2015

"I created an account to leave a review for this specific recipe! Needed to use up a bunch of Granny Smith apples and came across this. Read the prior reviews , so decreased sugar to 1.5 cups and didn't use the frosting. This is an extremely delicious cake. Not too sweet, very moist, and easy to prepare. Definitely a keeper! Thanks for sharing!"

Reviewed Oct. 7, 2014

"Very good. I used granny smith apples. Nice and moist and tastes excellent. I didn't do the cream cheese frosting. I sprinkled powdered sugar on the top."

Reviewed Aug. 10, 2012

"Very moist and delicious!!! You will not regret making this! I use Macintosh apples, and they soften up very nicely!!!"

Reviewed Oct. 19, 2011

"Love it! It's a crowd hit!"

Reviewed Jul. 31, 2010

"This cake was so delicious! I didn't make the frosting however, and simply drizzled a simple glaze over the top."

Reviewed Nov. 23, 2009

"Very good. I used a little less sugar (1 1/2 cups). I will definately make this again."

Reviewed Nov. 9, 2009

"This cake was GREAT! However, I think that a lot of the deliciousness and moistness of the cake itself is lost with all that yummy cream cheese frosting on it. (And I am a HUGE fan of cream cheese frosting most of the time!) I think it would be better served warm with a dollop of whipped cream so you could really taste the fabulous cake."

Reviewed Dec. 3, 2008

"I agree, this is absolutely delicious. Will make this again!"

Reviewed Apr. 8, 2008

"Absolutely delicious. Will certainly keep this recipe on hand. Have had many requests for this recipe. THANKS!"

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