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A close up of a piece of apple cake on a plate with green apple in background

Cream Cheese Cinnamon Apple Cake

  • Author: Melissa Riker
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 70 minutes
  • Total Time: 100 minutes
  • Yield: 10 1x
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: American


Sweet cinnamon apple cake with a hidden cream cheese filling and cinnamon sugar dusting, this is the perfect fall dessert recipe!


Units Scale
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 large apples (your choice, pick your favorite!), cored and diced finely
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 325. Spray a 9 inch bundt pan with nonstick spray.
  2. Mix 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Pour into bundt to coat. Tap off excess. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl combine flour, baking soda, salt, and 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Stir and set aside.
  4. In a large bowl combine 1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, applesauce, vanilla, and 3 eggs. Mix on medium speed until just combined.
  5. Reduce mixer speed to low and add flour mixture a little at a time until incorporated. Batter will be thick. Fold in apples.
  6. In another small bowl combine cream cheese, 1 egg, and 2 tablespoons sugar and mix until smooth.
  7. Pour half of apple batter into pan. Pour cream cheese in the middle trying not to touch the inner our outer rims (it may help to build up batter on the sides to create a "ditch" in the middle to pour cream cheese.)
  8. Top with remaining batter to cover.
  9. Bake 70 minutes. Cool 15 minutes before inverting to a cake plate or stand. Sprinkle with additional cinnamon sugar before serving if desired.

Keywords: cinnamon apple cake