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Autumn Apple Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

A dense moist cake with subtle notes of coffee and cardamom

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 16


  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 4 cups peeled tart apples (about 4 apples) finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 Tbsp freeze-dried instant coffee granules
  • 2 cups flour


  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tsp vanilla


  1. Beat egg and sugar together until fluffy then gradually add oil and vanilla. Continue beating until thick and smooth. I used my food processor to chop the apples. Alternately add apples and dry ingredients. Mix until well blended.

    Bake at 350 degrees in a greased 13' x 9" pan for about 45 minutes. Sides will pull back slightly from pan. Let cool completely before frosting.

    autumn apple cake

Frosting Instructions

  1. Beat together the cream cheese, vanilla, and butter until creamy. Add powdered sugar to the bowl and begin beating at lowest speed. Hint: I wrap a clean dishtowel around the bowl and mixer head to keep the sugar from flying all over my counter! Beat until it's smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl a couple of times.