What’s For Dessert? Southern Living’s Chunky Apple Cake



I’ve posted this recipe each fall since I first started blogging, and it’s one of those recipes that no one should miss!  If you haven’t tried it yet, add the ingredients to your grocery list this week and enjoy. 🙂 


This is by far my favorite fall treat, and it’s all I can do to wait until October to share it with you. I could make this cake all year long and never grow tired of it, but it just sounds so good in the fall and makes our home smell delicious!


It’s also so easy that anyone can make it . . . in fact when I first found the recipe nine years ago I was teaching preschool “cooking and science” and my preschool classes made the cake – our entire church smelled heavenly!  I noticed that Southern Living re-printed this recipe in their October 2010 issue (along with a few variations), but I’m sticking with the original. 🙂

Southern Living Chunky Apple Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting


  1. 1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
  2. 2 cups sugar
  3. 2 large eggs Publix 18 ct. on sale $2
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  5. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  6. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  7. 1 teaspoon salt
  8. 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  9. 4 Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced I think any tart apple will do – we used a bag of apples on sale at Publix in last week’s sale.  (To see detailed apple information, check out this site!)  If you have an apple peeler & slicer it makes this so easy, and my kids love watching it work!  If not you may have a little more prep time on your hands.
  10. 1 cup chopped walnuts, toasted (optional, but we’ve never used them)


  1. Stir together first 4 ingredients in large bowl until blended.
  2. Combine flour and next 3 ingredients; add to butter mixture, stirring until blended.
  3. Stir in apple slices and 1 cup walnuts.   (Batter will be very thick, almost like cookie dough.)
  4. Spread into a well-greased 13- x 9-inch pan. (It’s pretty sticky, so make sure to grease your pan well!)
  5. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
  6. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
  7. Spread with Cream Cheese Frosting; sprinkle with walnuts, if desired.



Cream Cheese Frosting


  1. 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  2. 3 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
  3. 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  5. 1/8 tsp. salt
To make the Cream Cheese Frosting . . .

Beat cream cheese and butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add sugar and salt, beating until blended. Stir in vanilla.



This recipe is linked up to Living Well Spending Less Thrifty Thursday.  Recipe adapted from Southern Living MagazineIf you need a little more menu inspiration, check out the Recipe Index



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  1. Wow this looks amazing! Thanks for posting I am going to make this for sure…without walnuts 🙂

  2. We skipped the walnuts here too Mindy :). Let me know if you try it!

  3. I made your cake this weekend! It really stuck to the pan!
    When I make it again I need to really butter it!!! LOL

    The frosting on this cake is to die for! LOVE LOVE LOVE It! Thanks!

    • So glad you liked it! And yes – I included a greased pan, but maybe I should say a REALLY greased pan – it does tend to get sticky w/ all the apples!

  4. I noticed in the frosting you said to add the sugar and salt, but you never specified how much salt…

    • 1/8 tsp. salt – I think I’ve actually left it out when I’ve made it the last few times too! Thanks for checking – I’ll update the post. Let me know if you try out the recipe!

  5. Gotta love Apple season!

  6. Al Adkins says:

    Works for me

  7. g lagunas says:

    does it have to be granny smith apples?

  8. Kim Moore says:

    This cake is so easy to make and delicious! It really helps to spray the bowl and spoon or spatula with cooking spray.Makes it much easier to work with the batter.

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