Total Time:
2 Hours

It isn’t hard to understand why this recipe is a top-rated reader favorite dessert. This apple cake became an instant hit when the recipe was first published in 2001, and it continues to delight adults and children alike today. A lovely combination of our favorite fall flavors – apples, cinnamon, and nuts – are baked into a moist and delicious sheet cake and slathered with a tangy and fluffy Cream Cheese Frosting. A short prep time means you aren’t in the kitchen long; you don’t even need your mixer for this recipe. Be forewarned however - this is a very thick batter, almost like a cookie dough, and it takes a bit of stirring to incorporate the apples into the batter. But it is well worth the effort, because the end result is a super moist cake worthy of any family reunion or neighborhood potluck.  

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°. Bake pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan 5 to 7 minutes or until lightly toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through.

Step 2

Combine butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract in a large bowl until blended. Combine flour, salt, cinnamon, baking soda and butter mixture, stirring until blended. Stir in apples and 1 cup pecans. Spread thick batter into a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch pan.

Step 3

Bake at 350° for 45 minutes. Remove from oven when a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack for 30-45 minutes. Spread frosting (your choice) on cake and sprinkle with remaining pecans.