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Potluck German Apple Cake Recipe

Potluck German Apple Cake Recipe

My mother made this cake for my brothers and me when we were kids. It's an excellent choice for potlucks any time of year. —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.

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_nlfPA User ID: 1879224 261308
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2017

"This is really delicious. I like to serve it with vanilla ice cream."

Robby1 User ID: 1478802 257308
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2016

"From the first bite, this cake reminded me of a beloved Aunt from long ago who made one similar. I wouldn't change a thing, but did reduce the bake time to 35 minutes and it was perfect. And Anna, you are welcome to my share of tofu or seaweed or whatever it is you use instead of......"

Trista User ID: 8970893 256968
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2016

"Made this gluten free by using Sun Flour Mills pastry flour & xanthan gum. Also used 1.5 cups sugar instead of 2. Checked it at 45 minutes and it was perfect! Absolutely delicious! Will be making this again."

WonkyGirl User ID: 8252934 256818
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2016

"My husband loved the cake, so did I. It's very much like apple cake his German mother used to make. And to Anna: Blah blah, blah......."

copelah User ID: 1282457 256349
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2016

"Very moist, easy, delicious. Made as recipe states, no modifications."

DianaNC User ID: 32096 256304
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2016

"Thank you so much, KathyCooks and Galiahutchinson, for saying what so many of us thought about negative reviews. Anna, we are all cooks, and if we want to reduce fat or sugar in a recipe, most of us know how to do that. We also know that if a recipe doesn't suit us, we look elsewhere-----and we don't make negative comments. How do you know that "our bodies cannot metabolize white sugar properly..."? Medically speaking, white sugar is metabolized no differently than honey, fructose (fruits) or agave. Ask your doctor."

mom_gray47_MI User ID: 521314 256291
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2016

"Have make this many times, and it is easy to make (after chopping apples), I usually skip any frosting or glaze, and serve with whip cream, with a sprinkle of cinnamon."

KathyCooks1943 User ID: 8651526 256288
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2016

"Anna....why are you on this site.? Obviously you just like to tear recipes apart to TRY to make yourself look like queen bee of health. I have made a very similar

recipe like this for over 50 years. (Mine has a little cold coffee in it). Guess what? We are all still alive, kicking and I have to tell you how old I am?
By the way this is a nice cake. Enjoy it."

Galiahutchinson User ID: 8140477 256284
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2016

"I feel I must speak out if you do not like the amount of sugar or fat in a recipe just make another. . Do not shame the recipe or the person submitting it we really do not need to hear what is good for our bodies or what we should be eating. That should be a personal choice. I weigh 110 lbs and I would definitely make and eat this cake. It sounds delicious."

clblonde User ID: 1274664 256261
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2016

"I have made a version of this cake for years and years and everyone loves it! There is no need to peel and chop the apples. Just core them and use the shredder blade in the food processor. I add a teaspoon of ground nutmeg for a little more spice. I also make more icing. My standard recipe that I use on most cakes: 8 oz cream cheese. 1 stick butter, 1 box powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon of vanilla."

Anna User ID: 8957091 255852
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2016

"Sorry but for me, this recipe uses way too much sugar. In an effort to reduce sugar in my life, I do not use any processed, prepackaged foods, andI use fruit as a replacement for sugar. Our bodies cannot metabolize white sugar properly like the healthy fruit sugars. I've used applesauce, banana and medjool dates in place of sugar, or cut it by at least half, when baking. This cake, I made with 1 cup applesauce, plus 1/2 cup brown sugar and it turned out wonderful. For the icing, I used half the icing sugar, with the cream cheese and butter, and it was plenty sweet enough for me. Thanks."

ebohuch User ID: 8820941 255195
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2016

"What a great, moist cake. Mine only needed about 30-35 minutes in the oven, though."

nanasarah47 User ID: 730960 254189
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2016

"I made this cake this week and it is delicious. There are just the two of us and it is half gone. The only changes I made were to the frosting; I added 1 teaspoon vanilla and increased butter to 1 tablespoon. Also, used a box of confectioner's sugar, not sure how many cups that is. The cake looked very dry when I removed it from the oven after 55 minutes but once the frosting was on and we cut into it, it is very moist and really, really good. My husband says "this cake is a winner". That is high praise from him."

Diane1944 User ID: 7826489 253669
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2016

"I made cake exactly as printed and it is DELICIOUS! I made one change to the icing and added 1 tsp of vanilla. dd278 I would not make it in a 15x18 pan. It will get very thin and probably not bake properly. If you don't have the right size pan, buy the proper size in a throw away pan at the grocery store, if you don't want to invest in a new pan."

dd278 User ID: 956472 253601
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2016

"Does anyone know if you could bake this in a sheet cake pan? approx 15 inches x 18 inches? Would appreciate any help. thanks"

maggieron1 User ID: 4170696 253357
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2016

"Made this cake & loved it. For the cream cheese frosting I and added some Caramel Extract. It was fantastic. Brought 2 cakes to a pot luck (of 12 people) and had only 4 pieces left. It really WAS good! (It almost tasted like a caramel apple!) yummy ...."

Carol1632 User ID: 4771340 253261
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2016

"I made this recipe twice within a couple of days. The first time was exactly as the recipe stated, (in order to fairly review it), and the second time with a few adjustments for personal taste. As another reviewer stated, the batter is very thick (like a quick bread) and I was a bit concerned at first but it turns out great - just go with it! The baking time indicated was pretty accurate for me - It took about 50 minutes in my oven. The adjustments I made the second time were to reduce the sugar by 1/2 cup, I used 4 generously rounded cups of apples instead of exactly 4 cups, added an extra tsp. of cinnamon (tho wouldn't do this again as we couldn't taste any difference between 2 tsp and 3 tsp) and used 1 cup pecans instead of 3/4. I skipped the cream cheese frosting the second time around and dusted it with some confectioners sugar to fancy it up a bit - delicious! Might try serving it next time with a small scoop of ice cream. :) Will definitely make this again (it's a great recipe to send for office meetings etc). Can't comment on how well it might freeze for later use - it didn't last the day either time!"

Brimish User ID: 8910827 252518
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2016

"This is a great cake but baking it for 55 to 60 minutes as the recipe says is way off. I bake mine for 35 minutes and it is perfect."

BarbHuns1 User ID: 3084944 247272
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2016

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

ardy bare User ID: 4495741 244769
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2016

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

A1Mom User ID: 4984069 244632
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2016

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

heidiclark1 User ID: 2771648 235411
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2015

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

ZoiZoi User ID: 7749061 233231
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."

coconutpatty User ID: 3240781 232939
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!"

nrsdreamwalker56 User ID: 6382787 231586
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?"

Jeanne_L_M User ID: 5376735 231573
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."

MeMeeCathy User ID: 8413276 231538
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2015

"more apples"

CookinLovin User ID: 7872989 231536
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!"

HolyCow15 User ID: 8209352 217664
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!"

manga User ID: 4211076 135474
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."

sammycorny User ID: 3282426 95872
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2012

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

kdocdent User ID: 1194008 55102
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2011

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

AmericaninKuwait User ID: 4395724 135470
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."

ctvgirl User ID: 1192630 55738
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2009

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

cloreep User ID: 668273 64715
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."

lssrls User ID: 1447889 129229
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2008

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

courtney1204 User ID: 840558 140627
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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