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Apple Loaf Cake With Lemon Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

Apple loaf cake with lemon maple cream cheese frosting

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 1x


  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups grated apple, peeled and cored (I used honeycrisp apples)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 container cream cheese frosting
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 ½ tablespoons maple syrup


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease an 8x4 loaf pan.
  2. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, oil and egg for 2 minutes.
  4. Add apples and mix to combine.
  5. Add flour mix and carefully stir to combine, making sure to not overmix - stop as soon as there are no more streaks.
  6. Pour in loaf pan and bake for 55-65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 15 minutes and then invert onto a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.
  7. While cake cools, stir together cream cheese frosting with lemon zest and maple syrup.
  8. Frost cooled cake.


I actually like a mix of texture with the apples, so I chop some of them and grate the rest. I definitely suggest using mostly grated because the moisture/juice they impart is important with this one.

You might not need to use all the frosting, but I always like having a little extra on hand anyway for people who do want extra frosting or maybe just want to eat it off a spoon (no shame).