12 to 15 servings

This fruit-filled sheet cake is packed with Granny Smith apple slices and toasted walnuts and covered with a thick, rich cream cheese frosting.

How to Make It

Step 1

Stir together first 4 ingredients in a large bowl until blended.

Step 2

Combine flour and next 3 ingredients; add to butter mixture, stirring until blended. Stir in apple slices and 1 cup walnuts. Spread into a greased 13- x 9-inch pan.

Step 3

Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Spread with Cream Cheese Frosting; sprinkle with walnuts, if desired.

Ratings & Reviews

SallyWms's Review

April 18, 2014
I've made this delicious cake several times and every time there were raves and requests for the recipe. Nice for dessert or morning coffee. I cut the apples into chunks instead of slices. While the dough is very dense, it yields a very moist cake. Better backed the night before.

JoWall's Review

March 28, 2014

minnesotausa98's Review

November 02, 2013

LisaGvlSC's Review

November 13, 2012
Good flavor. The other reviewers are right about the batter being thick, like cookie batter (wait, should I try making cookies?). Also, I'd chunk the apples instead of slicing, or slice the slices in half cross-wise. I used my hands to mix the apples & walnuts into the dough/batter, it's far too thick for stirring. I'd also cut back on the cooking time, maybe mine was a little overdone because the pan was dark nonstick. Finally, the cake is very sweet, so I'd skip the frosting as it is absolutely NOT needed.

Debbie17's Review

September 29, 2011
Great. Very moist.

lorrierunion's Review

September 19, 2011

katodair's Review

January 07, 2011
Excellent! Must be kept in pan, though, so you can't make a pretty presentation of it. Made it for a potluck at work and everyone loved it!

kimritter's Review

November 01, 2010
Touted as the "best apple cake recipe" in Southern Living and they are right. I have made this twice and both times, my son and husband fight over it. Once with the cream cheese frosting and once with a basic white frosting--they said it was great either way. Will definitely make a again and again.

klloch's Review

October 18, 2010
This cake is wonderful and is always requested!

Nancyviv's Review

October 14, 2010
This is a very moist cake. I made one to share in a 8x8 pan and the other in a bread pan. I did not add the nuts. I love the frosting it is not overly sweet. Will make this again very soon.