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Apple Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Apple Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is an easy one-layer cake filled with fresh shredded apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and topped with a cream cheese frosting!

One of my fall bucket list items every year is to go to an apple orchard. Every year it keeps getting more and more fun as the kids get older, and they also become more helpful gathering apples! The more helpful they are, the more apples we end up with, which means more apple recipes. It’s not quite apple season yet, but I wanted to start testing some apple recipes so I’m ready for the orchard haul. This Apple Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is a delicious way to use up orchard apples!

What You’ll Need

  • Apples – I like using Granny smith apples, as their tartness balances the sweetness from the cake, but you can use whatever you have on hand or prefer!
  • Canola Oil
  • Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Cinnamon
  • Allspice
  • Nutmeg
  • Baking Soda
  • Salt 
  • Flour
  • Cream Cheese
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Milk

Apple Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting Tips

  • Use Granny Smith apples for best results. The tartness from the apples balances well with the sweetness from the cake.
  • Canola oil works well with this cake because it is flavorless and makes the cake tender.
  • Be sure to set out the cream cheese and butter when you first start making the cake so they are at room temperature when it is time to make the frosting.

How to Make Apple Cake

This apple cake with cream cheese frosting is a one-bowl cake that doesn’t take much time at all to whip up. To start, shred the apples. You could also dice them, but I like using shredded apples. Shredded apples blend into the texture of cake and you won’t have big chunks of apple throughout the cake. I prefer it non-chunky, so that is why I love using shredded apples!

Next, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, whisk together the oil, sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Then add the spices, baking soda, and salt, and stir to combine. Fold in the flour followed by the shredded apples and then spread into a greased 9×13″ baking sheet. The batter will be thick – that’s how it should be.

Bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes and then cool completely. While it’s cooling, make the frosting. Beat together the softened cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add in the vanilla, salt, powdered sugar, and milk and beat until well combined. Spread over the cooled bars and then cut into squares. Enjoy!

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Apple Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Apple Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

A delicious apple cake filled with shredded apples and apple pie spices!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apples, cake, dessert, fall, fall recipe
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 15 servings
Calories: 439kcal
Author: Taylor


  • 4 Granny Smith apples shredded
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened to room temperature
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tbsp milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Spray a 9×13" baking dish with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the oil, sugar, eggs, and vanilla.
  • Stir in the cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg, salt, and allspice.
  • Add the flour and stir until combined. The batter will be thick!
  • Fold in the shredded apples.
  • Spread the cake batter into the prepared pan.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes. The top will be brown and the middle should be baked through.
  • Cool completely.
  • In a medium bowl, beat together the cream cheese and butter until creamy.
  • Add the powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk.
  • Spread over the cooled bars.
  • Cut into squares.
  • Enjoy!


Calories: 439kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 286mg | Potassium: 104mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 56g | Vitamin A: 357IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg
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