Apple Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

My mom has been making this apple cake for as long as I can remember. It’s one of those wonderful recipes that is written in your grandmothers handwriting passed down from generation to generation. Who knows where it came from, but what we do know is that it tastes like a wonderful tradition.


This Christmas we did our big dinner at my house with my parents. I spent almost all day in the kitchen with one parent or the other! Or even both….yikes! It was so much fun though. It almost felt like the passing of a traditions torch. And we added some new traditions! I think the mulled wine (Check out the recipe here) is here to stay….so yummy!



  • 2 cups large red apples, unpeeled and cubed
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Cup Walnuts, chopped
  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/3 tsp Salt


  • 1/4 Cup Butter, softened
  • 4 oz Cream Cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 lb Powdered Sugar

To make the cake:

Preheat oven to 350.

In a large bowl add the apple cubes and eggs. Toss them together. Add the oil, sugar, cinnamon, and nuts. Mix well so the apples are fully coated. Sift together the flour, salt and baking soda. Mix together. Grease a 8×11 cake pan and pour in the apple batter. Bake for 35 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Set aside and let it cool completely before frosting it.

To make the frosting:

Beat the cream cheese and butter together until smooth. Add the vanilla, mix well. Add the powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time. Once you have a creamy frosting then spread it over the cooled cake. You can also add 1/4 tsp Lemon extract if you want to give it a little extra punch!



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