Light Apple Cake

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 70 min. + cooling


16 servings

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
My family loves Jewish apple cakes, so this low-fat version became an instant favorite. —Kylene Konosky, Jermyn, Pennsylvania


  • 2 tablespoons reduced-fat cream cheese, cubed
  • 1 cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3-1/2 cups sliced peeled apples
  • 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons confectioners' sugar


  1. In a bowl, beat the cream cheese, 1 cup sugar and brown sugar until blended. Add eggs and egg whites, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the applesauce, orange juice, oil and vanilla; beat until smooth. Combine flour and baking powder; add to egg mixture and mix well. In a bowl, toss the apples, walnuts, cinnamon and remaining sugar.
  2. Coat a 10-in. fluted tube pan with cooking spray and dust with flour. Spoon a third of the batter into prepared pan. Top with half of the apple mixture. Top with another third of the batter and the remaining apple mixture. Top with remaining batter. Bake at 350° for 70-80 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Dust with confectioners' sugar.