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Low Fat Cinnamon Apple Cake

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You don’t have to be a baker to make this cake! It’s super-easy and absolutely delicious.

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Only 8 Weight Watchers PointsPlus values per slice.


Slice of Cinnamon Apple Cake

Your family will be chomping at the bit to try it, after inhaling the wonderful aroma while it bakes.

The cream cheese in the batter—even though fat free—gives the cake its moist, luscious texture, and cuts the calories and fat.

Delicious for dessert, as a coffee cake, or even for breakfast.

I love that you can make it the day before and it will still be moist and delicious.

I went with Trader Joe’s 0% Frozen Vanilla Greek Fat Free Yogurt. Slightly tart, but deliciously smooth and creamy. (If you’re a Pinkberry fan, you’ll love it.)

If you’re going to all that trouble to bake a low-calorie cake, it seems a little silly to add full fat ice cream to the plate! Don’t you think?

Vanilla Yogurt with cake in background

Only 100 calories and zero grams of fat for a 1/2 cup serving.

Compare to 160 calories and 16 grams of fat in TJ’s Super Premium French Vanilla Ice Cream.

Springform Pan

If you don’t have an 8-inch springform pan, you can use an 8 1/2 or 9-inch springform, but reduce the baking time to 50 – 60 minutes.

Springform Pans

It’s really worth it to invest in good baking equipment because you will see a huge difference in your baked goods.


Always buy an extra apple or two just in case!

The original recipe calls for Rome apples, but I’m partial to Fuji for their flavor and texture. From reading reviews online, it seems as if almost any apples will work.

Cup of chopped apples

Click here for an easier way to peel and core apples >>

Cream Cheese

Fat free  or low fat cream cheese work just as well, but make sure to use the one in a block, not in a tub.

I usually use Fat Free Philadelphia, but this time I used Trader Joe’s Low Fat Cream Cheese and it was delish.

Trader Joe's Light Cream Cheese

TJs light cream cheese nutritionals

Half the fat of regular cream cheese

What is Softened Butter (and Cream Cheese)?

Softened butter (65 – 67 degrees) should easily bend without breaking, and should give slightly when pressed.

Let refrigerated butter sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes. For faster softening, cut it into slices.

It shouldn’t be melting at all, or it won’t retain the air incorporated during creaming.

Softened Butter

Tips for Success

Don’t overmix the batter; when you see the last traces of flour disappearing it’s time to stop mixing!

Don't overmix the batter


Gently stir in the cinnamon-apple mixture with a silicone spatula.

Apples on top of batter

Mix in the apples just until incorporated evenly.

Apples incorporated into batter

Mmm… yummy batter!

Aja eating the batter

Smooth out the top with your spatula.

Even out the top with a spatula

Cinnamon-sugar on top and it’s ready to go in the oven!

Sprinkle with remaining cinnamon sugar

How to Unmold the cake

Run a thin knife or small offset spatula around the edges to separate the cake from the pan.

Use an offest spatula to separate cake from pan

Open the latch. Carefully lift off the top part of the pan.

Lift off the sides
Set a wire rack on top of the cake and flip the cake over, onto the wire rack.

Cake flipped onto wire rack

Carefully remove the bottom of the pan from the cake.

Pan removed from the top

Re-invert the cake onto another wire rack, lightly sprayed with vegetable cooking spray.

Reinvert onto another wire rack

Use a large pancake spatula or cake lifter to transfer the cake to a serving plate; lift up the cake gently with one hand while you slip the spatula under with the other hand.

Transfer cake on a large spatula

A dome will keep the cake fresh. Cut with a serrated knife. Cover the cut sides with plastic wrap to keep it moist and fresh.

Cinnamon Apple Cake

Refrigerate the leftovers? (If there are any!)

Mimi Cohen Markofsky (of Elite Kosher Catering) was kind enough to respond to my question, on Norene’s Kitchen (fabulous foodie Facebook group by Norene Gilletz):

You don’t have to if its being used within 24-48 hours. If not, refrigerate it because the excess moisture from the apples & cream cheese sets up an environment for mold. If you don’t refrigerate it, keep it in a dark, cool spot. If it’s terribly warm/humid outside definitely refrigerate it though.

Next up I’ll be making it into cupcakes. I’ll let you know how it goes!

Cool Tools

  • Cake Tester, I just recently purchased one of these and I love it! It’s deep enough that it goes all the way into a cake.
  • Oven Thermometer, an absolute must for baking!
  • Small offset spatula, to unmold the cake.
  • Large pancake spatula, for transferring the cake

Low Fat Cinnamon Apple Cake

8 Weight Watchers PointsPlus per slice
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes


  • 1 ½ cups sugar plus 1/4 cup for cinnamon-sugar
  • ½ cup butter salted, softened (see notes below)
  • 6 ounces block-style fat-free or low fat cream cheese softened (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract recommended: Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon table salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 - 3 large Fuji apples washed and dried (to yield 3 cups of chopped apples)
  • vegetable cooking spray I use Trader Joe's Canola Oil Spray
  • vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt for serving optional


  • Set oven rack to the middle, and preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a small bowl, mix 1/4 cup of sugar with 2 teaspoons of cinnamon. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt with a whisk. Set aside. (You can measure out the flour and salt the day before, and then add baking powder and whisk together just before using.)
  • Spray an 8-inch springform pan with cooking spray.
  • Beat 1 1/2 cups sugar, cream cheese, butter, and vanilla, at medium speed of a stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, (or hand mixer) until well blended, about 4 minutes. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl with a silicone spatula.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the apples: Peel and chop the apples into 1/2-inch cubes, to make 3 cups. (See notes for an easier way to core and chop apples). Mix the apples with 3 tablespoons of the cinnamon-sugar mixture.
  • With the mixer on medium speed, add eggs, one at a time, to the batter, (crack into a separate bowl first to make sure you don't get shells), beating well after each addition. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl again.
  • With the mixer on low speed, pour in the flour mixture, and mix just until blended.
  • Gently stir the apples into the batter with your spatula until evenly distributed through the batter.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan, and smooth out the top with your spatula; sprinkle with remaining cinnamon-sugar.
  • Bake for 55 minutes to 1 hour and 10 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick or cake-tester inserted near the center comes out clean, and the cake pulls away slightly from the sides of the pan. (If you're using an 8 1/2 or 9-inch pan reduce the total baking time to about 50 minutes.)
  • Rotate the pan after 45 - 50 minutes (or less if using a larger pan); if browning too fast, cover loosely with foil.
  • Put the springform pan on a wire rack; cool completely before unmolding.
  • Unmold the cake: Run a thin knife or small offset spatula around the edges to separate the cake from the pan. Open the latch. Lift off the top part of the pan.
  • Set a wire rack on top of the cake and flip the cake over, onto the wire rack. Carefully remove the bottom of the pan from the cake. Re-invert the cake onto another wire rack, lightly sprayed with vegetable cooking spray. Use a large spatula to transfer the cake to a serving plate. (A dome will keep the cake fresh.)


To serve:
Cut using a serrated knife, dipping in a cup of hot water and wiping on a paper towel between slices.
Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream or frozen yogurt!
Adapted from Cooking Light Magazine, October 1997

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13 Responses

  1. Thanks for the shout out Orna. My husband saw the post and decided I need to make that cake for Shabbos! I’m so glad your class went well. I love teaching & doing cooking demonstrations.

    1. Yay Mimi – can’t wait to hear how you like it! You can post a pic of it on OrnaBakes on Facebook! 🙂 (I don’t mind if yours looks better than mine!)

  2. The cake was delicious! Your pictures and directions are great too. Thanks for all of your wonderful posts.

  3. This cake was delicious! I love the apple chunks inside and the cake is light and sooo yummy. I could eat this every day 🙂

    1. Thanks Jen – glad you liked it! I also love the chunks of apple, and the special texture that the cream cheese give is. Mmm. Could do with a piece right now!

  4. All i can say is yummy!!! So moist and just amazimg. My little girl loved it and has been asking me to make it! You will not be sorry.

  5. OMG. This cake is so delicious. I had a slice and all I could think was how I wanted another. So light, perfectly sweetened, and tasty apple chunks. Love love love.

  6. just to mention. Tomorrow Im making a desert/cake for a friend and just couldn’t think what to make, so I haven’t yet made it, but sure am going to tomorrow. It sounds very delish. Thank you for your recipes, it helps when someone else does the thinking for you. Warm regards, Marion

    1. Thank you for taking the time to write Marion—it really makes me happy to know that there are people appreciating the time and effort I put into posting the recipes! You should definitely make it for your friend—it’s a really wonderful cake! Let me know how it turns out.

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