The cream cheese in the batter give this cake lots of moisture. Because it's so tender, use a serrated knife for cutting.
1 3/4 cups sugar, divided
3/4 cup (6 ounces) block-style fat-free cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter or stick margarine, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3 cups chopped peeled Rome apple (about 2 large)
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 350°.
Beat 1 1/2 cups sugar, cream cheese, butter, and vanilla at medium speed of a mixer until well-blended (about 4 minutes). Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition; set aside.
Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add flour mixture to creamed mixture, and beat at low speed until blended. Combine 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon. Combine 2 tablespoons of the cinnamon mixture and apple in a bowl; stir apple mixture into batter. Pour batter into an 8-inch springform pan coated with cooking spray, and sprinkle with remaining cinnamon mixture.
Bake at 350° for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until cake pulls away from the sides of pan. Cool cake completely on a wire rack, and cut using a serrated knife.
Note: You can also make this cake in a 9-inch square cake pan or a 9-inch springform pan; just reduce the baking time by 5 minutes.
Very tasty cake. I made the recipe as specified. Only thing I might change next time is tossing the apples with 3 T of the cinnamon sugar mixture and sprinkiling the remaining 1 T on top of cake. I found there was too much cinnamon sugar on top for my taste. I will make this again.
I have been making this cake for years, and everyone loves it! I must admit though-the first time I made it I read the recipe wrong and used the 2Tbs of cinnamon sugar mixture on top of the cake and the remaining tossed with the apples - and I think it made it better!!! I also used a whole 8oz block of cream cheese-didn't want to waste the extra 2oz, and used granny smith apples since they hold their shape better.
Lately, I have started choosing recipes online to add variety to my cooking. The problem is I never know how delicious (or not) they are going to be but this one is a YUMMY one that I am definitely making often. My family loved it! We try to cook as healthy as possible, so I reduced the amount of sugar to one cup using Red Delicious apples and it turned out great.
I swapped:-reduced sugar total to 1cup (I might reduce it even more next time)-cottage cheese for the cream cheese-doubled vanilla to 2tsp-used 2c blueberries for apples-Used regular (non springform) square pan - greased and flouredYUM!Light and fluffy cake with yummy blueberries.Can't wait to try it with apples!
I make this every Christmas for Christmas Morning with my husband. I normally use about 4 or 5 apples though. It makes it really yummy! This is our Christmas tradition that we started when we first got together over 13 years ago :0)
We absolutely LOVE this recipe!
This cake is delicious! It has very unique flavor and perfect for a holiday party. It was brought to the office and everyone raved about it- I was skeptical at first but it was wonderful! I would love to try it with a mix of granny smith apples in there. This recipe will be featured in this year's Eat Smart Move More Maintain don't gain Holiday Challenge!
Made this on a whim for day-after-Thanksgiving breakfast and discovered a new favorite. Used butter, fat-free cream cheese, and Granny Smith apples becase had on hand and could not find Rome. Baked to perfection in an 8-inch springform pan -- lovely presentation. Next time, will put a little more of the cinnamon-sugar mixture into the apples, a little less on top. Great reciope -- will definitely make again.