Washington Apple Cake

"My mother in-law gave me this recipe this past Christmas. The cake is wonderful and the icing well lets just say it takes the cake!"
photo by Baby Kato photo by Baby Kato
photo by Baby Kato
photo by Baby Kato photo by Baby Kato
photo by Jubes photo by Jubes
photo by Jubes photo by Jubes
photo by Jubes photo by Jubes
Ready In:
2hrs 15mins
1 Sheet Cake




  • Butter a 9x13" cake pan and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat eggs at high speed until thick and light in color.
  • Combine sugar and oil and beat into eggs.
  • Stir together flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt.
  • Add to egg mixture along with vanilla.
  • Stir in nuts.
  • Spread apple slices in bottom of buttered cake pan.
  • Pour batter over apples, spreading to cover.
  • Bake at 350 degrees 1 hour or until top is pale golden and apples are cooked.
  • Remove from oven.
  • Cool cake in pan on wire rack.
  • When completely cool top with cream cheese icing.
  • Cream Cheese Icing:.
  • Beat cream cheese until fluffy.
  • Beat in 1/4 c melted butter.
  • Stir in 1-3/4 c confectioners sugar and 1 tsp lemon juice.
  • Spread over cooled cake.

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  1. Baby Kato
    What a great cake, it made a large, tall, semi dense, very flavorful cake. I did omit the nuts because of dh's allergy. I agree the icing makes the cake, it takes it somewhere special, making every mouthful a treat. I used 1 tsp of soda as there was no amount listed. I loved that the apples were on the bottom of the cake. I used a combination of granny smith and pink ladie apples, they worked beautifully in this cake. Thanks for sharing this special recipe.
  2. Jubes
    Wonderful cake!! This cake is so good! Makes a huge cake that would be wonderful for a large gathering. My family are all enjoying the cake now and I'm dropping over some for my elderly parents soon. Easy and baked up perfectly. I used a pyrex baking dish. I only had smallish 'gala' apples....so used seven of them. Baking soda is mentioned in the recipe...but not listed in the ingredient list- I used two level teaspoons of baking soda which seemed perfect now that the cake has turned out brilliantly. I think I should have used a sieve on my confectioners/icing sugar...so sprinkled some extra chopped pecans over the top for decoration. This cake is a keeper and might even be made gluten-free next time round. Photo to be posted also
  3. Anonymous
    I've been making this cake since I got the recipe from Women's Day magazine in 1982. Still my very favorite cake ever! (and I'm a chocoholic!)
  4. ritzertsusan
    I first had this cake at a german restaurant near us and it was and is my all time favorite. I'd looked for a recipe for it for years and was thrilled to find this and even more so when I made it and tasted it. I've been making it for over 6 years and the two changes were cutting the sugar to 1 cup and making it half regular and half brown sugar. The apples I mix granny smith and any other sweet-crisp baking apple which I add a tablespoon of lemon juice to along with cinnamon and sugar and let them marinate 15 -30 minutes (or in the refrigerator if I do the night before) 1 tsp of baking soda is perfect.


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