Apple Cake From The Family Recipe Box
Today I'm sharing a family recipe. My mother has a notebook that is packet with recipes. Papers jut out in every direction with recipes scribbled on them. Some are typed, some torn from magazines, many on eclectic recipes cards from friends. This binder is a treasure chest of recipes. I love flipping through it and finding old favorites and recipes that remind me of the past times. I even found a recipe for an Orange Julius that I had written when I was probably 12 or 13 years old. A few months ago I was passing time flipping through the binder and found a recipe of my Grandmothers. It was for a fresh apple cake. This was a surprise as I had never eaten an apple cake let alone seeing a recipe for one from my Grandma! I was so excited to try it!
A New Favorite
My first time around it turn out so so good.. and I knew it had to be shared. The fresh tart apples in this cake make it so incredibly moist, reminds me a lot of zucchini bread. My kids go crazy over zucchini bread.. and guess what, they ate this cake like they were starving. I happily gave them seconds! If my kids want to fill up on zucchini bread and apple cake, I have absolutely no problem.
I like to mix my flours ½ all-purpose ½ whole wheat. Adding in that part of whole wheat increases the nutritional value and with my growing kids the need all they can get. In fact grains are incredibly important for brain development! I recently read an article on prenatal healthy and child development here on the Grains For Your Brains website. It made me feel good about diversifying my children's diets and serving a variety of carbohydrates and grains. Little things like cooking with ½ all-purpose and ½ whole wheat really do matter. We can eat our cake and enjoy it too!
I've already made this cake a few times since discovering it and every time we have loved it. I chose to do a thick cream cheese glaze over the top, but it can be eaten alone like a champion. I served it at a party and one guest took a piece home.. she text me back "Your cake was so good! Lexi (her daughter) and I just snarfed it down. It was AMAZING!" Getting compliments like that let me know it's a solid recipe. Once upon a time it was my Grandmother Hardings favorite, and now it's my little families favorite. Hope you enjoy!
Apple Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Glaze
- 4 cup peeled and grated Green Apples about 6-7 apples, Granny Smith are great!
- 2 cup Sugar
- 2 cup Flour all-purpose or whole wheat
- 1 ½ teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 2 Eggs
- ¾ cup Vegetable Oil
- 2 teaspoon Vanilla
Cinnamon Cream Cheese Glaze
- 4 oz. Cream Cheese
- ½ cup Powdered Sugar
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla
- 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
- 5-6 Tablespoons milk
- Peel and grate your apples. 4 loosely-packed cups takes about 6-7 apples depending on how large they are.
- Mix the apples with sugar.
- In a sperate bowl sift dry ingredients.
- Add in remaining ingredients including apples.
- Mix with a hand blender until combined.
- Pour into a greased bundt pan or 9x13 pan.
- Bake at 350 Degs F for 50 mins. Check at 40 mins for doneness.
- Allow to cool and frost.
Cinnamon Cream Cheese Glaze
- In a stand-up mixer using the whisk attachment, mix the cream cheese on high until smooth and creamy, 2-3 minutes.
- Add in powder sugar, vanilla and cinnamon.
- Add milk in a tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is reached.
- Mix well.
This recipe was shared in partnership with the Grain Foods Foundation.
Erin V says
I love how the glaze just falls on the cake so beautifully!
Tried it and it was simply delicious! Thank you
Molly Young says
This is, hands down, my favorite recipe on this site and maybe ever! My grandmother used to make this for me every year on my birthday but I never thought to learn how to make it! Now with this recipe I can have my favorite cake and feel a little closer to my grandmother when I'm baking it! Thank you so much!
Oh your welcome! This is my grandmothers recipe as well so it holds some sentimental value for me as well. Funny how food can do that!
Kelly F says
Oh this looks so good!! I love cake type desserts!! I am definitely saving this recipe!!
Thanks Kelly! I'm a cake fan as well :).. this one is a great one to mix up the normal cake routines.
Sue C says
This looks and sounds delicious! Printed it out and added it to the top of my "to bake" list...Thank You! :-)
Oh thanks Sue! Hope you love it!!
Thalia @ butter and brioche says
This apple cake looks beyond delicious.. especially with all that dripping cream cheese glaze!
Oh my Aubrey, this looks fabulous. I have a similar recipe but this looks like one to try for sure. Thank you!