Apple Cake with Cream Cheese Pecan Frosting!

There’s nothing better than homemade apple cake in the fall!

Last week, I decided to make an Apple Cake with Cream Cheese Pecan Frosting with the apples my husband brought home. I looked through several apple cake recipes, and finally decided to make this one from my, once again, Katy’s Corner cookbook. I wasn’t in the mood to make a bundt cake, nor did I want to make a layer cake. So, this one, made in a 9×12-inch sheet cake pan, was perfect.

Making the Apple Cake with Cream Cheese Pecan Frosting . . .

In looking at Katy’s recipe, I noticed that it called for 1 1/2 cups of oil. That seemed like a lot of oil, but with 3 cups of chopped apples, maybe it was ok. I checked out one of Mama’s recipe, and it uses 1 cup of oil, so the extra 1/2 cup would probably work.

The hardest, most time consuming part of making this cake was . . . you guessed it . . . peeling and chopping the apples! It took about 4 Yellow Delicious apples plus 1 Granny Smith one, which is what I had, to make the right amount. But, the cake was SO moist, and you could see the chunks of apples in the cake once it was baked.

(Somehow, my metal 9×12-inch cake pan got lost or was displaced when we moved, so I had to use my Corning-ware casserole dish. I thought the bottom of the cake continued to brown, once the cake was out of the oven, because of the pan. Next stop . . . buy another 9×12-inch cake pan!)

This cake was really easy to make . . . once the apples were chopped, LOL! Just mix, pour into the pan and bake. And, the frosting is mouth-watering and SO good! I served it to Lynn, who told me today that he LOVED this cake. I took 4 pieces to my niece who just had a baby. Her husband, Jason, told me yesterday that he ate ALL 4 PIECES and that it was so good! Then last night, my son, Trey and his family came over. He loved it and took several pieces home. The moral of this story is: When other people tell you how good it is, it must be a really good recipe!

The pecans could be left out of the frosting, if you chose to do that. Would you like the Cream Cheese Frosting with or without pecans?

Other Apple Recipes you might be interested in are Grandmama Hall’s Apple Pie, Mama’s Glazed Apple Cookies, and my sister’s Roman Apple Cake.

Apple Cake with Cream Cheese Pecan Frosting

This Apple Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is so moist and delicious! It is a perfect cake for family or to serve company in the fall. And, it will keep well several days in the refrigerator, or can be frozen for a couple of months.





Servings: 12 servings


Cake Ingredients:

  • 3
  • 2
  • 1 1/2
    baking soda
  • 1/2
  • 1 1/2
  • 1/2
    chopped pecans
  • 1
  • 3
    tart apples, peeled and diced
    (I used Yellow Delicious plus 1 Granny Smith apple)

Cream Cheese Pecan Frosting Ingredients:

  • 1
    (8-ounce) package
    cream cheese, softened
  • 1
    (16-ounce) package
    powdered sugar
  • 1
    butter, softened
  • 1
    chopped pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×12-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.

  2. Mix flour, sugar, baking soda and salt together in a bowl.

  3. Add oil and eggs to mixing bowl, and mix until combined well.

  4. Add the flour mixture. Mix until combined well.

  5. Add the chopped pecans, vanilla, and apples. Mix well.

  6. Pour batter prepared pan.

  7. Bake for 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.

  8. Remove from oven and set aside to cool before frosting the cake.

  9. Once the cake is cooled, make the Cream Cheese Pecan Frosting 

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  1. Beat cream cheese and butter together until smooth and creamy.

  2. Gradually add the powdered sugar, beating well after each addition.

  3. Add the chopped pecans. Beat until combined well.

  4. Frost the top of the cake. Cover with foil or plastic wrap and keep in the refrigerator until serving time.




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