This is my favorite apple cake. (Now with updated photos, recipe card and additional written content! 9-20-17)
Somehow I had forgotten that I had a favorite apple cake recipe. I was still researching recipes to try to create my favorite apple cake recipe, when luckily, I unearthed this one.
Forgetting about a favorite recipe isn’t unusual when one is recipe obsessed. I have shelves and shelves of recipe books, magazines and clippings that I’ve gathered over the years.
Add to that a constant flow of new recipes and personal creations. Basically, that makes for a perfect environment for a treasured recipe to hide.
I have a system to capture my favorites now, but this one existed before the system and therefore, slipped past me.
Thankfully, there were some benefits to this temporary misplacement. I came across a lovely Spiced Applesauce Cake that I might not have found had I not gone searching down the rabbit hole once again.
I made lots of other apple cakes that would eventually validate that this one is still my favorite. And finally, I had that wonderful feeling of found treasure once I realized that I had a great recipe all along.
Why is this my favorite? Once reason is that it is chock full of apples! You’ll realize that fact once you start folding the apples into the cake batter. It almost seems that there’s as much batter as there is apples.
Another reason, or really one of the secrets of this cake, is the addition of cream cheese. It adds a creamy richness to this cake that’s out of this world. No one will suspect it’s there, but everyone will appreciate what it does for this cake.
So I baked the cake and everyone loved it as much as I did. There were some adjustments necessary to make the recipe even better. I reduced the sugar a bit.
I thought less sugar would let the apple flavor shine through. And guess what? No one even noticed that I took out a full 1/2 cup of sugar! But they did mention that it tasted more “apple-y.”
I filed this recipe safely with the rest of my favorites, never to be forgotten again.
This will be your favorite apple cake too, if you love a cake that is moist and a bit dense, like a coffee cake, and chock full of apples.
When you bite into this cake, it will be lightly reminiscent of eating apple pie, except the apples won’t be sloshing all over your plate trying to escape from both the crust and your fork while you are trying to eat it.
The apples will be tender and nicely contained in a batter that gets a wonderful richness from cream cheese and a spicy sweetness from a dusting of cinnamon sugar.
The topping is a bit crunchy when it first cools, but melts softly into the cake during storage. In fact, a lot of people comment on how much they like that cinnamon sugar topping.
Cinnamon Apple Cake. If you love apple cake, this recipe is a must try. Just make sure you file it in a place that you won’t forget about it.
Because this cake is anything but forgettable.