Gran's Apple Cake Recipe

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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
Featured In: 28 Best Fall Cakes
MAKES:
18 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
MAKES:
18 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 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
  • FROSTING:
  • 4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°. Coat a 13x9-in. baking pan with cooking spray.
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.
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.
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

Nutritional Facts

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

  • 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
  • FROSTING:
  • 4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  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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diannevdv User ID: 7733207 274644
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2017

"Best apple cake recipe ever!! Do double the frosting ; I did use real butter in the cake (no oil) and in the frosting. I always use butter in baking. I used regular cream cheese. Perfect."

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lhojnacki User ID: 5417783 274642
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2017

"Excellent moist cake. easy to put together. I agree with other reviewers that dicing the apples makes it even better. The cake is loaded with apples. I personally do not put in the nuts or raisins, but I am sure both are great options. The frosting is delicious as well. Definite 5 stars on this one !!"

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Stacey4gop User ID: 186890 274606
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2017

"So moist and deliousous. Love apple cake but this one really stands out!"

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jsk68 User ID: 6496996 273021
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2017

"AWESOME APPLE cake: I made this cake without the icing and it was incredible. I have used several different apple cake recipes in the past but never one that uses 6 cups of diced apples. It's loaded with apples. I intend to throw out all other apple cake recipes and keep this one. IT REALLY IS THAT GOOD!"

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tsuop User ID: 6274346 272764
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2017

"This cake is excellent. Sometimes I sprinkle cinn. & sugar & nuts on top before baking & eliminate the icing."

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Al User ID: 9119723 272408
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2017

"I live apple cake this one looks n sounds great."

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cside28 User ID: 7627576 265401
Reviewed May. 1, 2017

"Very nice and moist, will make again"

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valdater User ID: 5632060 255013
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2016

"I have this recipe in my TOH cookbook. I LOVE THIS RECIPE. It is seriously delicious and somewhat healthy if you eat the portion size and not too much more. I like to freeze portions so don't eat too much at once, and it stays fresh that way."

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gemnidebb User ID: 3279753 254965
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2016

"want to make this but only have cinnamon flavored applesauce will that work?"

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Catherine M User ID: 4074232 254734
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2016

"Amazingly moist cake! I used Honeycrisp apples and chopped them very fine. Added more cinnamon, some ground cloves and ground ginger as we like apple stuff nice and spicy. Husband made me take it to work so he wouldn't eat the whole thing!"

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