Photo: Oxmoor House
12 servings

The cream cheese in the batter give this cake lots of moisture. Because it's so tender, use a serrated knife for cutting.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

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.

Ratings & Reviews

pdiana's Review

September 30, 2012
Delicious! Reduced sugar by 1/4 cup. Added 1 tsp almond extract , chopped roasted almonds (1/2 cup) and doubled the vanilla. Excellent

JenniferM's Review

November 21, 2011
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.

chefceo's Review

November 04, 2012
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.


May 16, 2015
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.

YUM! Easy and tasty! And versatile!

April 05, 2015
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!

kwintenburg's Review

December 23, 2013
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!

MadisonF's Review

November 15, 2013
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!

mdwhite617's Review

December 26, 2012

crmeng's Review

November 24, 2012
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.

JuanquiFan's Review

November 04, 2012