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:



White Sugar

Cooking oil or butter

All-purpose flour

Baking soda

Ground cinnamon

Ground nutmeg



Nuts (optional

Cream cheese frosting ingredients needed:

Cream cheese, softened


Powdered sugar


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.

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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! 
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, southern
Servings 1 cake


  • 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


  • 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.


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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