German Apple Cake

German Apple Cake has chunks of fresh apple, lots of fall spices, crunchy pecans, and a thick layer of cream cheese frosting. This is one of the most delicious apple desserts you will ever taste so get ready for some fall baking!!

German Apple Cake


I know it’s not quite fall yet, but I’m ready for it to be here. This past week I helped both my kids get moved into their apartments for the school year. My daughter in Charleston and my son in Atlanta. And now I’m ready for the seasons to begin to change and the fall baking to commence.

German Apple Cake with cream cheese frosting


Apples, along with sweet potatoes and pumpkin are what fall baking is all about for me. I’ve never been a huge apple pie fan but I love apples in other types of desserts like Caramel Apple Pound Cake, Crockpot Butterscotch Apple Crisp, and Frisky Apple Fritters.

German Apple Cake with cream cheese frosting


This German Apple Cake is everything you could want in a fall apple dessert. The cake batter, with lots of chunks of apple, cooks up super moist with just the right amount of spice flavoring. But undoubtedly the best part is the icing!!

German Apple Cake with chunks of fresh apple

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5 from 2 votes
German Apple Cake
German Apple Cake
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins

German Apple Cake has chunks of fresh apple, lots of fall spices, crunchy pecans, and a thick layer of cream cheese frosting. 

Course: Dessert
Servings: 16
Author: Christin Mahrlig
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups peeled and finely chopped tart apples, I use Granny Smith
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon half-and-half or milk
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13-inch pan with cooking spray.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, eggs, oil, and vanilla extract until completely combined.

  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda and salt.

  4. Add dry ingredients to wet and stir to combine.

  5. Fold in apples and pecans. Pour batter into prepared pan.

  6. Bake 50 to 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

    Let cool.

  7. Make frosting. Place cream cheese and butter in a large bowl. Beat with electric mixer until smooth.

  8. Add vanilla extract, half-and-half, and confectioners' sugar and beat until smooth.

  9. Spread on top of cake. Store leftovers in refrigerator.

Recipe adapted from Taste of Home


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4 thoughts on “German Apple Cake

  1. This recipe sure sounds delicious, but the name is somewhat confusing. This cake is anything but german. German cooking or baking hardly ever contains pecans or cream cheese frosting.

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