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Apple Cake

It's that time of the year...apples are plentiful and apple desserts are the best! This moist apple cake recipe is written on the back of a stained and worn recipe adaptation of my favorite carrot cake and one that I have been baking for many years. While I'm at it, I usually prepare a double recipe and put one cake in the freezer without frosting. It's handy to pull out at a moment's notice and serve for dessert with ice-cream and caramel sauce. We are in the middle of corn harvest on the farm and the guys like a treat out in the fields every once in awhile. I baked them an apple cake yesterday which they ate on disposal plates, with a plastic fork (and without the flower) but enjoyed nonetheless!

Apple Cake
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup oil
  • 3 cups coarsely grated apple
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  1. Combine eggs, sugar and oil in mixer.
  2. Add apples.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and mix .
  4. Pour into greased 9x13 inch pan and bake at 350F for 45-50 minutes.
  5. Frost with cream cheese icing when cool.

Cream Cheese Icing
  • 4 oz. cream cheese (1/2 brick)
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups icing sugar...or until desired thickness
  1. Cream butter and cream cheese together until fluffy.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.


  1. I have known all my life that Mennonite girls can cook. Here is the proof. This a good blog and I am going to tell my sisters to come and read.
    Your Mennonite Brother,

  2. oh Judy .. .with cream cheese frosting. . what a great idea to adapt from carrot cake .. I'll be making this one for sure . . or do they still need a hand in the corn field?
    Um. . .what are you making for them tomorrow?

  3. I love your recipes and I'm putting your blog on my blog list. We live in an area where there are many Mennonites. Their reputation is of hard work and good ethics. In fact, a wonderful general store is operated by a Mennonites family. I shop there at least once a week. I use the cream cheese icing on a pineapple cake. I am trying the apple cake this week.

  4. I could of used that tonight, instead I used Anneliese Crumble recipe.
    Isn't if fun bringing them a coffee break? They appreciate anything.

  5. mmm, perfect timing! I need to get rid of a few apples, and was planning to make some muffins, but I will do this instead!

  6. Just the recipe I needed. I was looking at my apples this morning wondering what to do with them..I think my question has been answered.Thanks

  7. That cake looks fantastic! I'm sure it's gone in no time!

  8. Apple cake with cream cheese icing sounds good to me! I'll be trying this.

  9. Yum..another great recipe. So many varieties of apples are available at this time of year.

  10. absolutely scrumptious looking. Never tried this combo but sure looks good...another recipe to try out

  11. you girls definitely CAN cook...and bake .....and .. also take great photos...

    I finally tracked down the prune plum recipe...I knew I had seen it previously and then forgot to bookmark it. But, now...I have plums!! Wish I had a beautiful dahlia to photo mine with when it gets done... perhaps tomorrow...

  12. Does this apple cake have a thick, crunchy crust type thing going? I can't seem to find a good apple cake without it.


  13. In response to the last question...this is a soft, moist cake...with no thick, crunchy topping.

  14. Hello,

    I just wanted to THANK YOU, for sharing all of your communities recipes. And by reading your recipes and styles of cooking we have some things in common. Although I am not a Mennonite.

    I am planning also to make this, but probably without or different frosting along with your 7 layered casserole dish tomorrow.

    Thank you again.

  15. Thank you for such a nice recipe. This might probably be the best apple cake I've ever made and will definately be making again.

    I used store bought vanilla frosting, instead of the recipe and it was very good. Next time I will try and have the ingrediants on hand to try your frosting recipe.

    Thanks again, I think I will be looking around your recipe archives as I'm anxious to try out more of your community's recipes.

    Thanks again for your generosity.

    Kind regards.


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