William Tell's Never-Miss Apple Cake Recipe
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1-3/4 cups sugar
- 1 cup canola oil
- 3 large eggs
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 cups chopped peeled tart apples
- 1 cup shredded carrots
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted
- PRALINE ICING:
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup butter, cubed
- 2 tablespoons 2% milk
- 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted
- 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour a 10-in. fluted tube pan. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth; beat in egg.
- 2. For cake, in a large bowl, beat sugar, oil and eggs until well blended. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and baking soda; gradually beat into sugar mixture. Stir in apples, carrots and pecans.
- 3. Transfer half of the batter to prepared pan; layer with cream cheese mixture, then remaining batter. Bake 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in cake portion comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
- 4. For icing, in a large saucepan, combine brown sugar, butter and milk; bring to a boil. Cook and stir 1 minute. Remove from heat; whisk in confectioners' sugar and vanilla until smooth. Drizzle over cake. Sprinkle with pecans. Yield: 12 servings.
Editor’s Notes: To remove cake easily, use solid shortening to grease plain and fluted tube pans. To toast nuts, bake in a shallow pan in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.
1 slice: 614 calories, 36g fat (9g saturated fat), 102mg cholesterol, 407mg sodium, 68g carbohydrate (50g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein.
Reviews for William Tell's Never-Miss Apple Cake
"Very good, although a bit dry."
"i reduced the sugar and it still tasted delicious. will be baking this again!"
"Jamie, what kind of apples do you use?"
"I have made this cake several times and have always gotten rave reviews from family and/or guests. I have a non-stick bundt cake pan and I also have a regular angel food pan (not non-stick). I have found in the past that whatever cake I make, it seems to stick in the bundt pan. So, I now use the angel food pan - greased well with pure butter or crisco and then flour the pan well. (Do not use oleo as most have water in them and also do not use Pam spray). I run a table knife gently around edge of pan and around the inside tube after taking out of oven, and have yet to have any cake stick in this pan. "Live and Learn" as my grand-mother always told me."
"It's a 5 star rating for me (my review would only allow me 4 stars). Wonderful flavor. Everyone requests it. One of our family all-time favorites!"
"This cake was a HUGE hit in our house!! A family favourite!"
"I made the cake for a family birthday today and it was a big hit! Very moist and the family requested the recipe. I did not get the icing quite right - it set really fast and did not drip down like the photo of the cake here. The icing was still delicious but I would love to know how to get the consistency like the photo... Excellent recipe and plan to make it again soon."
"Absolutely delicious! This cake does take a little time to prepare (only because there are three separate steps to it); but that being said, it really is pretty easy to bake. Well worth the time you put into it. I made NO changes to the recipe, but because of the cream cheese center, I refrigerated the cake overnight. I think that just enhanced the flavor and texture of the cake. It slices very clean. No crumbles. Great to serve to a crowd."
"Slightly time consumer; but worth the effort."
"easy and delicious."
"Great Recipe, my family loves it. I make it a lot"
"Moist cake, simple to make and everyone loved it, will make again. No changes were made to the recipe perfect as is."
"I have made this cake many times over the past several years with NO CHANGES. (please don't rate a recipe you have changed, makes sense, yes?) I have given out the recipe so often that I bring them with me because it frankly saves time. I know I'm going to be asked. This is a delicious addition to any potluck, party, family gathering! Enjoy!"
"I was kind of disapointed in this recipe It stuck to the pan even after greased & floured"
"This cake is a definite hit with my family and friends. However, I tweaked it a bit by omitting the carrots, nuts and sauce. It is delicious without those additions. I also added an extra teaspoon of cinnamon. I have recommended this recipe with no omissions to my friends and loved ones. I also told them what I omitted. I made one for Easter and since it is gone now, I am about to make another. Fantastic recipe Jamie. Thank you. Since Easter I have made a diabetic /weight loss version of the cake by using Neufchatel instead of full caloried cream cheese and Splenda in the place of sugar and the cake is still scrumptious."
"2 thumbs up! I didn't have the pecans and it still tasted perfect. You will be missing out on a really good thing if you don't try it at least once."
"My cousin made this cake for a family gathering. Everyone raved about it. I had to come home and make sure I had this recipe in my box. It was delicious!"
"One word....DELICIOUS!!!! Will reduce sugar to 1and 3/4cups next time....even 1 and 1/2 Added 1/2tsp vanilla to cheese mixture...oh dear....so goooood."
"I made this cake a few days back...forgot to write the review....i found it a little sweet...next time will reduce sugar to one and 3/4 of a cup....esp. with icing it becomes very sweet....but the icing is to die for....i used just 2tbsp of fresh cream in it that way it didnt harden on the cake atonce and was easily spreadable...no one could tell the cake has carrots! And the creamcheese was a gr8 surprise for everyone....i used walnuts instead of pecans....and i think they did justice with the cake....u need to grease pan thoroughly n let it cool well for arnd 15mins before inverting otherwise it would not empty out clean....its a huge cake! N does take extra time to bake....mine took 10mins extra excluding required baking time.....but the elaborate prep time gives awsome results at the end...delicious, moist n smells incredible during baking....its a must try for everyone....i do recommend it for sure....best applecake ever....will surely make it again n again....already been asked for its recipe twice....thanks TOH!! N yes tastes even better second day :)"
"Just made this cake it smells wonderful and looks beautiful. To bad I won't get to taste it It's going away,as a gift.my daughter is a vegetarian and has trouble finding baked goods that don't have eggs. I use an egg replacer."
"This was an awesome cake. Loved it and everyone else did too."
"Everyone in my family loved it! I'll surely make this one again."
"Fantastic!!!! I loved it and my boyfriend said its one of the best things Ive ever made!!!!"
"This is a keeper! Everyone loved it:)"
"Very, very good! My husband and I did the glaze and nuts together after the reviews about the glaze setting so quickly. Everyone loved this cake!!!"
"Wow, this cake was amazing! Delicious flavor and beautiful texture. I changed the milk in the frosting For apple cider."
"I am not a cake maker and this turned out excellent!! Served it at a church function and everyone really enjoyed it. Loved the mixture of apples and carrots, so very moist."
"A nice bundt cake that keeps its height. Mine needed almost 15 minutes more baking time than called for. I didn't glaze it but visually it would have been a nice touch because it's one of those bundts that tastes a lot better than it looks! I solved that problem by presenting it already sliced...it made for a very pretty platter. Like other apple cakes, the batter will get pretty stiff before you fold in the apples, but while baking the apples will release their delicious juices and will result in a moist but not wet cake."
"This cake is fantastic!!! My husband loves it. It's perfect for fall!"
"We loved this cake. Really like the flavor of the icing as well."
"A great hit took awhile worth every minute"
"I made this recipe for company for breakfast - I did omit the carrots and added more apples and it was so good - this will be on my favorite list"
"Delicious! A little time consuming to make but definitely worth it. I substituted no-sugar-added apple sauce for the oil, used 1/4 cup less sugar in the cake batter, and used reduced fat cream cheese. It reduced the calories but no one could tell. Definitely a keeper!"
"The cake is delicious but the next time I make it, I'll leave off the frosting. Served with a little whipped cream would be better than this frosting."
"Good, but not outstanding enough to justify all the prep work."
"One word: Fantastic! The only issue I had was getting the cake out of the pan - the top stuck to the pan & I had to piece it back together. Maybe I need a new, silicone fluted pan instead of my old metal one."
"I baked this cake this afternoon, but I didn't have any carrots, so I used 3 cups of apples and did everything else according to the recipe. It is so moist and the cream cheese filling really adds a nice flavor to this cake - kind of like apple cheesecake. I saved this recipe and will definitely make it again!"
"To jll5030... I made this cake last night and it was FABULOUS! I grated the carrots fairly small and after it was baked nobody even noticed the carrots. They were surprised to hear they were in there. Thanks for sharing the recipe. It will definitely be on my repeat often list."
"I want to make this, but I don't like to see carrots in my cake. Is there a substitue?"
"so moist and so delicious! this recipe will go in my recipe box for sure!"
"This was a great cake needed something for a large family gathering. I made two on blind faith for taste of home viewers and was not disappointed . Left two slices for hubby before I left. gone when I got home. looked for leftovers when I walked in. Guess I better make another one."
"This is the perfect apple cake and I can see why it was a contest winner."
"This is a great apple cake. First time I made it so many people wanted the recipe. It is a hit everytime I make it for church"
"We had a bounty of apples so I went searching for a cake recipe. I was not disappointed when I found this one! My family and friend loved this one! If you try it once I promise you will make it again! I love the praline icing!!!"
"This recipe is moist and delicious. Even people who claimed they didn't like carrot cake tried - and liked - this one!"
"Yummy!! Doubled the frosting...I love frosting. Also left out nuts due to allergy concerns. Received many compliments at church potluck."
"This was really good - especially the glaze! Very moist, easy to mix up and wonderful taste - definitely a keeper."
"Very moist and not to sweet. had to bake it about 5 min longer than recipe called for."
"Best apple cake ever"
"Very moist and very flavorful. As always it is best on the second day."
"Wonderful flavor and so moist. Worth the extra time to make. Everyone asked for the recipe."
"I was hesitant to try this since I'm not a baker but it turned out great and now my husband requests it for his birthday cake. So moist and delicious!"
"loved loved loved this cake,i didnt have carrots or nuts so i subituted more apples! super moist and yummy! just went apple picking today so tomorrow il make more to freeze for the holidays!purfect with a cup of coffee."
"EXCELLENT cross between carrot and apple cake. Nice and moist. Had a little troubledisbributing cream cheese filling evenly.Definitely a make again recipe"
"Fabulous recipe; a little work to make but worth every minute!!!!!"
"I had some apples that were getting soft and needed to use. This was the perfect recipe for it."
"Very moist with a good texture"
"Was very good. The icing I cooked too long so turned to sugar. Will make for a Senior Church lunch bunch."
"This rich cake melts in your mouth!"
"friends family everyone loved this cake"
"THIS cake IS ABSOLUTELY AWESOME! WONDERFUL RECIPE. I HAVE MADE IT TWICE IN THE LAST TWO DAYS!"
"This cake was amazing!!! Great flavor and super moist!!!"
"This cake is delicious - not too sweet but very tasty. I used Granny smith apples."
"This cake is wonderful! I made it to try it out and shared some with family and co-workers. I ended up making it twice more on request for parties. I used fat free cream cheese and substituted applesauce for half the oil. With the applesauce substitution it did take around 5 minutes or so longer to bake. The applesauce made it nice & moist and made the flavor pop a little more. Everyone agreed that the substitution made it even better."
"This cake is the bomb!!! Well recommended! I forgot to use the carrots and it still was moist and nice. Would do this anytime!!"
"Absolutely delicious and beautiful presentation. A winner!"
"This tasted delicious, but you would be ill advised to eat two slices, or even one, because two slices would be about 1200 calorie. For a person on a 1400 calorie diet (like the Comfort Food Diet) that would be nearly a days worth of calories, mostly from fat and sugar. A great thing to make occasionally, but eating just one piece a week could set you back if your were trying to lose weight."
"Would it be possible to substitute low fat cream cheese for the regular kind? i don't have any regular kind cream cheese in my house."
"Delicious!!! I have had several requests to make it again. I used Granny Smith apples"
"I thought this cake would be much better than it was after the reviews. It did taste a little better on day 2. I have had many other apple cakes that taste much better than this one. The whole family was disappointed."
"Hands down, this is the most delicious cake I made in 2011. When someone asks me for the recipe, I know it's a keeper."
"I made this cake for the first time for our church bazaar. As it was cooling on the table, I turned to make the glaze. When I turned around to get the cake, my dog had jumped on the chair and took a huge hunk our of the side of the cake. What to d0??? I tasted the part that was left and it was soooo good, I made another one for the church. It was one of the first items sold."
"Our favorite. I'm making it again for another birthday! People always talk about this cake. They think I'm a great baker thanks to you. Keep them coming!"
"made for Thanksgiving great recipe!!"
"This is now in my top 10 of cakes. Great cake!"
"Very good, moist, easy recipe to make. I forgot the pecans and it didn't really matter. Would be great either way. Also I was out of vegetable oil so I substituted applesauce cup for cup. Very good."
"Yum! Takes a little time to shred carrots and chop apples, but well worth the effort. I agree with several others, it would be just as good without the cream cheese filling or icing, but both are good with the cake."
"I missed a beat on prep., total sugar should have been no more than 1 cup. The taste was so sweet that the apples were not noticed. I would like to try again with only 3/4 cup sugar in batter. That may even be too much. Why would so much sugar be required when the recipes apples?"
"this cake was so moist and tasty... love it love it and so did my husband and brother and daughter etc"
"I tried this cake last week, just as the recipe was written. It was absolutely fantastic. I would recommend this to anyone."
"This cake was DELICIOUS! It was moist and tasty, next time I want to use walnuts instead of pecans. :) I got thumbs up from others that tried it!"
"the cake is so good it doesn't need the cream cheese filling. really delicious and 3 cups of fruit & veg! going to try applesauce for some of oil next time."
"I have made many apple cakes before and I can't actually say this one is on the top of my list to make again. There was very little flavor. It was moist enough but it definitely is a "heavy" cake. I would also opt for a cream cheese icing as well with the pecans."
"Wonderfully good! East to make. I left the nuts out, personal choice. I used Golden Delicious apples. I also replaced vanilla extract with maple extract in cooked frosting, great smell in the house!! This will be one of our regulars!"
"There's only two of us so I shared some with family and everyone loved it."
"this was REALLY good! Only thing I'll be careful with next time is the cream cheese layer, I didn't get it in the middle."
"This recipe was just okay. It taste good but after sitting for a day it got very soggy."
"I forgot to add that I replaced the pecans with walnuts and went from a half a cup to a cup. It is good with the pecans but in my opinion, the walnuts just do the trick!"
"I have to tell you... I was a little "apple-d" out and then I found this recipe. I made this recipe and could not believe how good this cake is. It is moist, loaded with apples and the extra touch of cream cheese just brings it over the top. On top of that, the caramel icing is just perfect. This recipe has replaced every fall cake recipe I have and I intend to make them for Christmas gifts this year. You definitely will not go wrong with this cake! Outstanding!"
"This was a hit with my teenage boys and their friends!"
"I have this recipe from a former Women's World and make it to sell at Farmer's Market where it is a BIG hit. have had people come from several miles to get it after hearing about it. It is delicious and always a quick sell out."
"First, let me ask-why are people rating the recipe before they even try it??? It doesnt help anyone to rate how it looks. Make it, then rate it!!! That being said...I have several apple cake recipes tat I alike, and this one rates right ip with the others. The cream cheese filling takes it over the top. It was very moist and I did not find it to be oily. I did not make the icing based on other reviewers saying it was too sweet. I have to agree that it was perfect by itself. Thanks for a great recipe!"
"loved it! Used a light spray of nonstick cooking spray in the bundt pan and everything came out perfect. Plan to make again soon. My new fave."
"I've made this cake several times and have yet to be disappointed. Delicious!!!!! The first time I made it for a group of ladies who raved over it. Hubby was sorry to see it go out the door so I made one later for him. I added coconut as someone suggested and he loved it. We have apple trees so I was happy to come across such a great recipe. I love, love, love the flavor and how moist it is. If you need more flavor try adding a touch of cloves or other spice."
"Delicious cake! Cream cheese filling is fantastic and the icing is fantastic. Like previous reviews warn, it does set up fast, so be careful. Also, I wouldn't advise using a fancy bundt pan, as my cake didn't come out easily at all. A plain pan would work much better for getting the cake out of this pan."
"Can't wait to make this cake! It reads really delicious....you're imagination will run wild!!!!"
"This sounded good so I thought i'd make it for a funeral at our church. It stuck to the pan when I went to flip it to the cooling rack..complete disaster! Fell apart. I tasted the scraps that fell and it was way to oily tasting..and not much flavor. So disappointing."
"I do not know...do not see recipe"
"Nummy apple cake. Love the cream cheese inside"
"very nice cake yumalishhhhhhhhhhhhhh"
"Made the cake a couple of days ago---very moist and not as "clumpy" as usual apple cake I make. I liked the frosting---only I got interuped when I was making it and the frosting set up on me. I added more milk some I could drizzle. Will make it again. My husband kept "tasting" it and the 2 of us didn't need any more so I gave the other half to family."
"after all the good reviews, i was expecting more,,,it was very moist but not much flavor,,, and the cream cheese layer wasnt all that good,,,,, but the frosting was amazing!"
"HEALTHIER VERSION - This cake is an excellent fall treat! I made a couple changes to make it just a little healthier [although it's hard to say a sugary cake is "healthy"! - but that's not the point to eating it, now is it?! :o)] Instead of 1 cup canola oil, I used 1/2 cup olive oil and 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce. I also used Philadelphia 1/3 less fat Cream Cheese. Even with these changes, this is an excellent apple cake!"
"Made this for work and everyone said it was one of the best cakes they had ever tasted. Super moist and delicious! I added a bit more powdered sugar to the frosting as I like it a little thicker."
"I made this cake for company. All enjoyed. Will make again. I doubled the praline icing and won't do that again. it made it to sweet"
"Great cake, not too sweet."
"I haven't made this yet but can not wait to try it, especially after reading all the wonderful reviews!"
"AWESOME cake! I have made apple cakes before, but never one like this. The addition of the carrots helps keep it moist and the cream cheese layer gives it a different twist. Definitely will make again!"
"Absoluetly agree with everyone else...the cream cheese filling just takes it to another level. Even if you did deleted this step the cake is moist and delicious!!!"
"So moist, so elegant and SO delicious!! Don't skip the icing on this one. It definitely seals the deal as a favorite!"
"I agree with everybody. This is one of the best cakes that I have ever baked. The icing does set up pretty fast. A good tip is putting the icing in a glass measuring cup and it is much easier to drizzle on the cake."
"One word for this cake ... AWESOME!!!! I have made this cake three times now. It's very easy for a scratch cake and everyone loves it. Great flavors, extremely moist and melts in your mouth! A real keeper! The icing tip from the other reviewer is right on; don't dally putting on the icing as it sets up very quickly; the pecans won't stick and will just fall off ... do it quickly and it works perfect!"
"Delicious. Received rave reviews from family. Would definitely make again, although I might omit the cream cheese layer."
"Delicious - moist. Add the icing QUICKLY because it sets up REALLY fast. We dallied and ending up having to press the pecans into the already hardened icing. YUMMY!"