Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Spiced Apple Cake

Yay! My first fall recipe!!! I don't know about where you live, but here in New England the apples are ripe for the picking, and I absolutely LOVE apple picking. It was always one of my favorite childhood memories; my dad would always take me and my sisters apple picking with my grandpa and aunt {both of whom have passed}, so apple picking is a time when I get to think back onto all of the good times we got to have with them while they were still really puts me in a thankful mood even though Thanksgiving isn't here yet :). This Spiced Apple cake was made especially for my wonderful dad's birthday! I know he liked it, so I hope you do too.

Spiced Apple Cake

Yields 3 8" cakes


1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/4 cup cornstarch

1 tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp nutmeg

1 cup almond milk

4 eggs

2 cup sugar

1/4 cup sweet cream, salted butter {softened}

1 tsp vanilla extract


2 cups butter

4 cups confectioner's sugar

2 tbsp vanilla

Spiced Apple Topping:

4 medium sized apples

2 tbsp butter

2 tbsp brown sugar

2 tsp lemon juice

1 tsp cinnamon 

1/4 tsp nutmeg

about 1 cup water


In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, nutmeg, and cinnamon; set aside.

In a small bowl in the microwave, melt together the almond milk and butter; set aside to cool.

Beat the sugar and eggs with an electric mixer until all of the sugar is combined, then add the vanilla extract.

While still beating, alternate adding half of the flour mixture, then half of the butter/milk mixture until they are both completely combined. 

Fill cake pans halfway, and bake on 325 for 30-35 minutes.

While the cakes are baking, make the apples so that they have time enough to cool down.

For the apple topping, peel and cube the 4 medium apples. 

Put the cubed apples in a large saute pan with the butter and brown sugar. Melt the butter and sugar over high heat; stir constantly to make sure all of the apples get coated.

Once the butter is melted, add the lemon juice and keep stirring. Make sure the apples are not sticking to the bottom of the pan!

If the apples at any point start sticking to the pan, add a little water to put some moisture back into it.

After 3-5 minutes, test an apple with a fork to see if it is tender {like it would be if it had been baked into an apple pie}. If it is not, let it saute for a little longer. If it is, add the cinnamon and nutmeg. Make sure all of the apples get evenly coated with the spices!

The cinnamon will most likely pull a lot of the moisture out of the apples, so add a little bit more water until you have the consistency you want.

Set the apples aside to cool while you make your frosting.

For  the frosting, beat the butter until it is smooth and fluffy {about 5 minutes}.

One cup at a time, beat in the confectioner's sugar. Make sure you scrape down the sides of the bowl after each addition so that the end result won't be lumpy.

After all of the sugar is added, beat in the vanilla extract.


Pop the cakes out of the pans onto cardboard rounds {this just makes transporting easier}. Put the first cake onto a cake stand, or whatever else you will be serving your cake on.

Pipe the frosting {without using a tip, just the bag} onto the cake starting from the center in a circle until the whole top is covered, leaving about 1/2 inch of room on the edges. Repeat with the other layer, and place the final layer of cake on top.

Pipe the same kind of circle on the top of the cake, but leave a little more room around the edge. Smooth out the piping job with a butter knife with a flat edge or a small metal spatula.

Hopefully your apples have cooled by now, but if they haven't just pop them in the freezer for a minute.

Pour/spoon the cooled apple topping onto the top of the cake. Don't be afraid to pile it on! There shouldn't be any apples left over {unless of course like me, you ate a few :P}.

Enjoy this yummy fall-time cake with some cider!


  1. Love those spiced cinnamon apple :D

    1. Thank you, Andre! I'll admit I did make extra just so I could eat them haha

  2. That looks so yummy!! The apple topping looks so good!

    1. Thank you! Give it a try and tell me what you think! :)