Apple Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

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Let’s talk about this delightful apple cake recipe infused with homemade chai spices and topped with a creamy cream cheese frosting.

Looking for a breakfast companion or a healthy dessert option? This apple cake recipe is your answer! With the warm flavors of chai spice, fresh apples, and applesauce, this cake is a delightful treat that you can enjoy all week long.

When you’re unsure about what dessert to serve at your next gathering, apple cake is the ultimate solution. It’s incredibly easy to make, moist, and guaranteed to please any crowd. Just mix everything together, bake, and enjoy the delightful aroma filling your kitchen.

Apple Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 33 minutes
Total Time 53 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 9


*Dry Ingredients:*

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 teaspoons homemade chai spice try our recipe!
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

*Wet Ingredients:*

  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 cups shredded Honeycrisp apple about 3 medium apples, moisture removed
  • ½ cup 2% Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup plain unsweetened almond milk
  • 4 large eggs


  • 8 oz. fat-free cream cheese room temperature
  • 1 cup 2% plain Greek yogurt almost room temperature
  • cup maple syrup or more to taste


  • Preheat your oven to 350ºF and prepare a 9×13-inch cake pan by lining it with parchment paper or using nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients and set aside.
  • In another bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, maple syrup, and vanilla extract until smooth.
  • Add the applesauce, shredded apple, Greek yogurt, and almond milk to the wet ingredients and mix well.
  • Crack the eggs into a separate bowl, whisk lightly, and add them to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined.
  • Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture, stirring until well combined.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 30-33 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • While the cake bakes, prepare the cream cheese frosting by mixing all the frosting ingredients until smooth.
  • Once the cake is baked, allow it to cool completely before frosting.
  • Dust the cake with a sprinkle of chai spice or top it with your favorite chopped nuts.


  • We tested this cake in both aluminum and ceramic pans, and both worked well.
  • Keep an eye on your cake around the 25-minute mark to prevent over-browning.
  • If the frosting needs to be sweeter, add more maple syrup to taste.

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