FRESH APPLE CAKE

Fresh Apple Cake - The Southern Lady Cooks

Fresh Apple Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is a wonderful cake your friends and family will love! It’s the perfect Fall dessert. Spend a day at the orchard and then come home and make this delicious cake. We love apple recipes, the combination of apples, cinnamon and cream cheese is always good.

Fresh Apple Cake Ingredients Needed:

Apples

Eggs

White Sugar

Cooking oil or butter

All-purpose flour

Baking soda

Ground cinnamon

Ground nutmeg

Salt

Vanilla

Nuts (optional

Cream cheese frosting ingredients needed:

Cream cheese, softened

Butter

Powdered sugar

Vanilla

I just peel and grate the apples on one of those tin hand graters, which I find is the easiest way to grate apples. Plus it finely grates them and make this cake nice and moist. This cake is made in a 9X13 and comes together pretty quickly after you grate the apples.

  • I have used all kinds of apples in this cake so use what you enjoy!
  • We love the cream cheese frosting, but caramel frosting would be good to! Find a great recipe here.
  • All apples very in size so it’s hard to say exactly how many you need. I used about 4 apples for this recipe.

“I made this cake this weekend to take to a get-together with my husband’s family in Somerset, KY. It was loved by all!! Thanks for making me look good with all the in-laws” – Donna
“Took this cake to a church gathering and came home with an empty pan! Many wanted the recipe. Your website has never let me down, such great recipes!” – Kelly

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Fresh Apple Cake - The Southern Lady Cooks

Fresh Apple Cake - The Southern Lady Cooks

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Fresh Apple Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

This Fresh Apple Cake is so delicious to enjoy with family and friends! 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, southern
Keyword: Apple Cake
Servings: 1 cake

Ingredients

  • 4 cups apples grated
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup cooking oil or 8 tablespoons butter softened
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup nuts optional

Cream cheese frosting:

  • 1 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 stick butter softened
  • 1 box powdered sugar 16 oz
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Instructions

  • In a large bowl cream butter, sugar and eggs. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, ground cinnamon, salt, and ground nutmeg
  • Add to the creamed mixture along with vanilla and grated apples. Mix all with the mixer. Fold in nuts.
  • Bake in a 9 x 13 inch pan sprayed with cooking spray at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Cool.

Frosting Instructions

  • Whip all frosting ingredients together with mixer until smooth and of spreading consistency.

Notes

I have used every kind of apple you can buy in this cake. I just peel and grate the apples on one of those tin hand graters

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14 Comments

  1. Do the walnuts have to be toasted or can i just ass them as Raw walnuts?

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      I have never toasted them for this cake. Enjoy.

  2. JAMES R ROBINSON says:

    my cake didn’t rise very much, is that normal?

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      It doesn’t rise as much as some cakes but as you can see in the photo with the 9 x 13 casserole dish, it is almost to the top of the dish.

  3. I made this cake this weekend to take to a get-together with my husband’s family in Somerset, KY. It was loved by all!! Thanks, Judy for making me look good with all the in-laws 🙂

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      So happy the cake was a hit, Donna!

  4. Judy, I can’t imagine someone finding a negative, nasty comment to make regarding your uplifting, delicious website. You’ve heard the old expression about pitying someone more than censuring them. Maybe those people who find fault are so sick and unhappy that they fit that adage. I know you deserve nothing but kindness. Thanks,
    Jane Dow

  5. Judi Hopkins says:

    Oh my goodness!!! My mother used to make a Fresh Apple Cake and this looks like it could be the recipe! I have wanted it for years!!! Thank you!!!o

  6. manilaspoon says:

    Love apple cakes! With cream cheese frosting, how can I say no? So yummy!

    1. When I bake a cake like this or a spice cake, I’ve eliminated the frosting and pour a jar of baby food fruit pudding over the top – yum. Wish I could go out and pick my own NY state apples right now, my mouth is watering .

  7. How many apples did you use to get 4 cups? Thanks you

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      I grate the apples with a hand grater until I get enough to make four cups using a cup measuring cup. Probably, around 4 medium apples.

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