Potluck German Apple Cake
Total TimePrep: 15 min. Bake: 55 min. + cooling
- 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
- 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 in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
- In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and butter. Add confectioners' sugar, beating until smooth. Spread over cake. Refrigerate leftovers.
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Nutrition Facts1 piece: 455 calories, 24g fat (6g saturated fat), 57mg cholesterol, 212mg sodium, 57g carbohydrate (42g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.
Oct 19, 2019
Love this recipe. I used less sugar. The first time l made it as per recipe. I chopped the apple's in food processor. The next time l didn't bother peeling apple's, just washed, quartered , cored and processed. No difference found in structure or taste of this lovely, moist cake. Have just made third cake.
Sep 25, 2019
Way too much oil. I cut it back to 1/2 cup and it was plenty. The second time I made this, I used 1/4 cup oil and 1/2 cup apple sauce and it was perfection!
Apr 19, 2019
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Feb 15, 2019
To Linton from Nov. 2017, did you, by any chance, use beat sugar or turbinado in your subsequent cakes. I’ve found they work differently and can be grainy.
Jan 8, 2019
Very easy and amazingly delicious! Only difference in mine was I used the Gala apples I had which aren't a "tart" Apple and I added a dash of vanilla to the frosting. Thats just personal preference, but it really is perfect just as written!
Nov 15, 2018
This was my first apple cake. I reduced sugar to 1.5 cups. The frosting was lacking flavor so I added some vanilla and cinnamon. Good, but I will try some other recipes before I make this again.
Sep 27, 2018
I used my own cream cheese frosting recipe instead of the one listed above, but that is the only change I made. My preferred apple for baking and eating out of hand is Golden Delicious and it works well in this moist cake. It's a little tedious peeling and chopping the apples, but after the first bite of yummy cake and cream cheese frosting, you'll find it so worthwhile in the end. It just tastes like Fall and makes a nice dessert for Thanksgiving.
Sep 27, 2018
This is a very forgiving and easy recipe, besides being crazy delicious. We prefer less sweet desserts so I reduce the sugar to 1 cup and omit the frosting. I add what apples I have: first time it was 4, tonight it was 6. Both cakes are perfect. I have found that just greasing the pan is not sufficient, so I grease and line with parchment paper and that works beautifully. Thank you for this terrific recipe!
Jun 18, 2018
Made this on Saturday, for Father's Day, and I must say, this is really, really good. The taste is incredible. Reminds me of what I ate when I lived in Germany. So, here's what I can tell you...I frosted 1/2 of it with cream cheese frosting, not the one with the recipe, another one I have that's much better. Anyway, I frosted 1/2 the cake and I left 1/2 the cake unfrosted. Most of us liked it unfrosted but one person preferred it with the frosting. But it really does not need frosting of any kind, at all. This is a really good cake. I will definitely be making this again. I did follow the recipe as written and I had no problems with it. I did bake the caked for about 45 minutes. I highly recommend you try this cake. You won't regret it.
Apr 3, 2018
Moist and really good, sweet and familiar but not as boring as some cakes. We'll make this one again sometime. Didn't use any sort of caramel topping, as we thought it was plenty sweet enough as is.