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German Apple Cake
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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. 
Course Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
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


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13-inch pan with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, eggs, oil, and vanilla extract until completely combined.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda and salt.
  • Add dry ingredients to wet and stir to combine.
  • Fold in apples and pecans. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  • Bake 50 to 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
    Let cool.
  • Make frosting. Place cream cheese and butter in a large bowl. Beat with electric mixer until smooth.
  • Add vanilla extract, half-and-half, and confectioners' sugar and beat until smooth.
  • Spread on top of cake. Store leftovers in refrigerator.