Easy Apple Cake with Cream Cheese Vanilla Icing

Easy Apple Cake with Cream Cheese Vanilla Icing | Very Culinary

by Amy on September 9, 2013 · 11 comments

According to my mother, I owe you all an apology. Oh wait…not all of you. Just my Jewish readers. I completely ignored The New Year.

Friends, I didn’t ignore it. I knew about it in my head. Life just got in the way of life last week. Sorry! I imagine you all survived and found plenty of things to make for holiday dinner. 

We celebrated late. Over the weekend. But apparently that was ok! Hmmm, Mom?

Anyway, I made an apple cake. Because Jewish holidays embrace apples, and Fall is around the corner (unless you live in Sacramento, and then Fall isn’t anywhere around the corner), so it all made sense.

Easy Apple Cake with Cream Cheese Vanilla Icing | Very Culinary

This is wonderfully light and packed with apple and cinnamon flavors. The cake itself is not terribly sweet, but the glaze is, which gives it a perfect balance.

Easy Apple Cake with Cream Cheese Vanilla Icing | Very Culinary

I served it and all was forgiven.

Easy Apple Cake with Cream Cheese Vanilla Icing
Serves 12-16
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 90 minutes

• 2 cups sugar
• 3 eggs
• 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
• 1/4 cup orange juice
• 3 cups all-purpose flour
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
• 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
• 3 medium apples, peeled and shredded (about 3 cups)
• 1 cup sweetened, shredded coconut
• 1 cup chopped pecans

• 1 (8 ounce) package of cream cheese, softened
• 2 cups powdered sugar
• 1/3 cup milk
• 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Generously coat a bundt pan with nonstick spray.

In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, eggs, oil, orange juice, flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and vanilla extract; mix until thoroughly combined. Fold in the apples, coconut, and pecans.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 90 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.

Allow cake to cool and make your glaze. In a medium bowl with an electric mixer, beat together the cream cheese powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla until combined.

Turn your cake out onto a stand, plate, or serving dish and pour the glaze evenly over the top. Slice, serve, and enjoy!

Notes: I used light cream cheese and skim milk for the glaze because that’s what I had on hand, but you could use regular.

(adapted from Paula Deen)

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

carolyn prouse November 4, 2015 at 9:46 am

yum this is right up my ally


Kari September 25, 2014 at 7:49 pm

This was a pretty good recipe. I baked it with my 4 year old. :) I left out the coconut. It went over well with my two kids, husband and friends. I kind of felt it was missing something, like maybe a little more salt to tone down the sweetness and some nutmeg? I may try that next time, but I will be making this again. :) Thank you for the recipe!


Amy @Very Culinary September 25, 2014 at 9:51 pm

Ah see, nothing is too sweet for me! I love it as is. :D Glad you enjoyed it, anyway.


Stephanie September 11, 2013 at 11:47 am

Fall finally decided to show up here, and I am loving every second of it! I’m sure it will be gone in a few days though. Boo! Anyway, loving all the apple recipes! This sounds so delish!


deborah September 9, 2013 at 11:05 pm

I’m pretty sure everything about this cake is perfection!


Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out September 9, 2013 at 7:24 pm

You’ve been so controversial lately! First baby food carrots and now this?? I’m scandalized. You’re gonna need to give me that entire cake to calm me down.


Joanne September 9, 2013 at 6:54 pm

It’s truly not your fault! All these holidays came so early this year…who can keep up?! And it’s really always apple cake time in my mind. Yum.


Rachel @ Baked by Rachel September 9, 2013 at 11:15 am

Seriously heavenly! And pretty too :)


Jen September 9, 2013 at 11:15 am

…and it was yummy. Super yummy. Have a second and third piece yummy.


Jay September 9, 2013 at 9:46 am

Don’t forget about the coconut!!! The combo of apples, coconut, & cinnamon was fantastic!


Marnely Rodriguez-Murray September 9, 2013 at 6:43 am

This cake looks so moist and full of flavor!


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