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Monday, September 30, 2013

Rustic Autumn Apple Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Icing

I haven't done very many food posts over here. Know why? Nearly every time I've set out to do a post on a recipe, either the dish doesn't turn out, my photos come out terrible or someone eats it before I get photos! Food blogging just hasn't been my forte, but today I did manage to capture a simple, rustic Fall dessert. Well, not the 'during' photos, but the 'afters' : )
This is so easy, and so yummy I know you'll want to whip this up soon.



3 large apples, peeled and coarsely chopped {I used Gala}
2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon +
1/4 tsp cinnamon
2 eggs 
1 cup of oil 
1/2 cup white sugar 
1/2 cup brown sugar +
2 T. brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla



1 8oz package of cream cheese, softened 
1 stick of butter, softened 
1 tsp maple extract 
1-2 cups powdered sugar {adjust for your own taste}
1-2 T. cream or milk if needed


Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9" cake pan or baking dish. {I used a springform pan}

Peel and chop the apple and toss with 2 tablespoons of brown sugar and 1/4 tsp cinnamon and set aside.

Beat together eggs, oil, sugars and vanilla. 

In a separate bowl combine the flour, salt, baking soda and cinnamon. 

Mix the dry ingredients into the oil and egg mixture. Add the chopped apples {batter will be thick} and pour into prepared pan.

Bake for approximately 50-60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

For the icing, beat the cream cheese and butter together until smooth. Add the maple extract and 1 cup powdered sugar, {adding more-up to 2 cups- to taste} beating until smooth and creamy. You may add a tablespoon or two of milk or cream at this point if you'd like it a little thinner.

This rustic cake is delicious all by itself. It's dense and very moist and is yummy with coffee or an ice cold glass of milk {as my kids will attest} 
But if you are in the mood for a little icing on top, this creamy, buttery, maple-y icing is to die for!


I'm so glad we are welcoming glorious October together, my friends! Thank you so much for being here!


Joining the fun at these lovely places:

Fall Nesting Party at The Inspired Room 
The Scoop at Confessions of a Plate Addict 
Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Tweak it Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style 
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm 
Tutorials Tips and Tidbits at StoneGable 
Share Your Cup Thursday at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson 
Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours 
Be Inspired at Common Ground 
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage 
Party Junk at Funky Junk Interiors 


  1. oh my goodness........this looks soooo good! Any kind of apple cake is good but one with cream cheese frosting....yummo!

  2. I love the way this cake looks and I know it's delicious. You did a beautiful job of presenting it. It's my favorite blogger post for today. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Oh this looks sooooooooo good. I would love it. Thanks so much for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  4. Jeanette, I made this cake yesterday and it is truly the most delicious cake I have ever had!....and not a bit of chocolate in that is really saying a lot! SOOOO glad you shared is going to be an Autumn staple for me from now on :)

    1. Kristen, I'm so glad you tried it {and liked it!}. I think we'll be making another one this week :)

  5. I made this cake today only I made the frosting into a glaze. What a pleasant surprise that was, yummy!!!! I would give it 5 stars. Thank you for the recipe.

  6. That looks yummy.

    I am in the mood for baking, but it was 91 degrees in Ventura at 7:30 p.m. It is just too hot to cook.

  7. YUM! Jeanette, this looks so yummy and perfect for Fall. I love anything maple. It's my favorite kind of doughnut also. I will be making this. My sis just gave me a bag of apples from her tree. Thanks for sharing it with SYC.

  8. This looks so good and there is nothing better than a dense, flavorful cake. I'm an old fashioned baker and when I see oil in a recipe I know it's going to be so moist too! Thank you for sharing. Really wish I had a piece right now!

  9. I love any recipe that begins with the word "rustic" and this looks amazing! So glad I found your blog today. I'm now a follower. Blessings!

  10. Your cake recipe sounds absolutely delicious! I might make this for isn't something we already have and I know it would be wonderful!


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