Amazing Low fat Cinnamon Apple Cake

During our last apple picking adventure, we were slightly disappointed with the selection, they only had a few Gold Ginger apples and Gala apples. Neither one are known for their baking properties and I was determined to bake something.

I ran across a Cinnamon Apple Cake  From Cooking Light and knew I wanted to try this for an amazing breakfast cake. I made this apple cake recipe the night before but just don’t make it too late because you are going to want to cover it and not while it is too warm. Check out  10 Unique Apple Recipes For Fall too. 

APPLE Cinnamon cake

This is a simple recipe that any beginner baker could conquer but the presentation and flavor say something much different. 

Amazing low fat Cinnamon Apple Cake

women peeling an apple over a bowl with other apples below

The hardest part of this recipe is peeling the apples… Really just the most time-consuming not hard:)

a mixer with whisk attachment creaming butter


Creaming the ingredients is easy if you make sure all your ingredients are at room temperature.

A quick way to get your butter and cream cheese to room temperature in a hurry is to put them in the microwave for a few seconds.

Watch the butter closely as it does not take long to melt!.

cake batter in a round pan on a cutting boar with white background

What kind of pan do I need to make an apple cinnamon cake?

Be sure you have a 9 inch SPRING FORM Pan, it makes this apple cake come out so easily. I also used Turbindo sugar for the topping to make it glisten a little more.

You can see the bumps or apples loaded in this batter.


Told you this recipe looks like a professional baker made it and it is so moist and delicious you will not be able to have just one piece. No biggy right it did come from Cooking Light magazine.

We even enjoyed it the second morning a little cool from the fridge, but it was gone after that. If you are cooking for a small family, cut a few pieces and freeze them for a quick coffee or tea snack. I read in the reviews someone made these into muffins too….bake for 25 mins.

slice of apple cake on a yellow plate

Low Fat Cinnamon Apple Cake

APPLE Cinnamon cake

Low Fat Cinnamon Apple cake

Yield: 8 - 10 Slices
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

amazing lightened up Cinnamon Apple cake is a low fast dessert


  • 3/4 cups white sugar, plus 1/4 cup
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 6 oz fat-free cream cheese, I used 1/3 less fat
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, I used 1/2 whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups chopped peeled apples, about 2 large
  • 2 tbsp turbinado sugar


  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. 2. In a large mixing bowl, beat 1 1/2 cups sugar, butter, vanilla, and cream cheese until well-blended. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition.
  3. 3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Add flour mixture to creamed mixture, beating at low speed until blended.
  4. 4. In a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon. Mix 2 tbsp of cinnamon sugar mixture in a large bowl with chopped apples, stirring to coat. Pour apple mixture into cake batter and stir to combine.
  5. 5. Pour batter into a 9-inch springform pan coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with remaining cinnamon mixture. Spinkle with turbinado sugar if desired.
  6. 6. Bake at 350F for 1 hour 10 minutes (check after 50 mins mine was done) or until the cake pulls away from the sides of the pan. Cool cake completely on a wire rack before removing and cutting into slices.


Adapted from Cooking LIght

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Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 254Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 53mgSodium 286mgCarbohydrates 39gFiber 2gSugar 21gProtein 6g

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  1. This cake does look super moist. I bet it smells amazing while it is baking. Definitely adding this to my “recipes to try” list this Fall!

  2. Oh eet looks so goooooood 😀 *drool*

  3. oh my. apple anything is a weakness with me. this is looking so so good. what a great fall treat!

  4. This looks scrumptious! Apple season is just arriving here and I am always looking for new apple recipes to wow my family. This is it! Thanks for posting!

  5. YUMM.. what a perfect coffee cake, being German we always have a cake with our afternoon coffee and this looks perfect and will be a surprise for my family, I never made an apple cake… Thanks for sharing, can’t wait to try it now

  6. it is not that full of cinnamon flavor you could always add a little more for him.

  7. It is so easy you could bake it yourself super super easy.

  8. Pretty sure if I made this cake, it would be gone in one sitting! My family LOVES apples!!

  9. What a shame I can’t just eat this through my screen! I can smell it from here – I bet it
    s delicious!!

  10. Looks positively delicious! You’re so right about there being a big difference in how apples cook up.

  11. That cake looks gorgeous and delicious. Love the apples!

  12. Love the recipes that are easy to make! I’m sure my husband would like this cake – apples and cinnamon are his favorite!

  13. Our local orchard is pretty but dont like that they spray their apples. cant wait to hear what you think.

  14. this is super easy your friends will be thinking you have been baking for years. Thanks for stopping by

  15. This looks incredible! I live in the Carolinas, where there are some of the most beautiful apple orchards in the country. I look forward to picking our own apples and trying this recipe out this fall.

  16. I love recipes that look really difficult… but aren’t actually too bad! I love cooking but I’m not great at baking so I might have to try these!

  17. I loveee dense apple cakes. And I have a spring form pan! Must be fate, time to head to the orchard. Thanks for sharing

  18. I would love this with Vanilla Ice Cream this sounds amazing.. another recipe I need to give to my 19 year old to make lol

  19. If we were not having it for breakfast I definitely would have enjoyed that. Maybe even a cinnamon ice cream:)

  20. Wow, that looks so mouth-watering! I’d serve it with a scoop of my homemade vanilla ice cream!

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