Easy One-Bowl Apple Cake

5 from 6 reviews

Easy One-Bowl Apple Cake comes together in a pinch. All natural, nothing artificial, and tastes incredible. Luscious Cream Cheese Frosting is optional (it’s vegan without.) This cake is a keeper you’ll want all year round.

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Total Time: 55 mins

Yield: 16 1x


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For the Cake:

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 2/3 cups sugar
  • 2 cups flour*
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp table salt
  • 4 1/2 cups apples, peeled and chopped (I use Fuji or Honeycrisp)

Optional Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup salted butter, softened to room temp
  • 16 oz regular cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 lb powder sugar
  • 12 TB milk, as needed


  1. Prepare: Preheat oven to 350F, with rack on lower middle position. Grease a 9×13 baking dish and set aside.
  2. Combine: In a large bowl, combine the oil, applesauce, vanilla, and eggs. Using a hand whisk, mix until well combined and smooth. Add the sugar and whisk until combined.
  3. Fold: Gently add remaining ingredients and stir with wooden spatula (it’s a thick batter) until just combined and no flour streaks remain. Do not over-mix. Use rubber spatula to gently fold in apples. Scrape batter evenly into your prepared baking dish, ensuring batter spreads evenly into the corners. Bake 35-45 min or until toothpick inserted in center comes out with few tender crumbs attached. Let cool to room temp.
  4. Make Frosting: Meanwhile, make Cream Cheese Frosting (if using.) In a bowl, combine butter, cream cheese, and vanilla, beating until smooth. Add powder sugar and gently mix in until incorporated. Add a bit of milk as needed to reach desired consistency. Transfer to a Ziploc baggie, press air out, and seal. Snip off a bit of the corner and drizzle onto cooled apple cake.


*I use white whole wheat flour, which is milder than typical whole wheat. You can use half whole wheat + half white flour, or use entirely all-purpose flour.


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 379
  • Sugar: 29.3 g
  • Sodium: 331.1 mg
  • Fat: 19.7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 47.8 g
  • Fiber: 2.7 g
  • Protein: 4.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 52.8 mg
  • Category: dessert, breakfast
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian