Apple Spice Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting Recipe

Apple spice cake with brown sugar frosting recipe

Most people associate apple spice cake with the autumn season, but around here we bake it all year long. Typically we’ll serve it for dessert then enjoy any leftovers (if we’re lucky!) with a cup of coffee the next morning.

This cake is rich, delicious, and uses a combination of common ingredients for a dessert that everyone will love.

Apple spice cake with brown sugar frosting recipeIngredients

– 2 cups diced apples
– 1 tbsp Relative Foods brown sugar
– 1 tsp cinnamon

Cake Ingredients
– 2 cups all-purpose flour
– 2 tsp baking powder
– 3/4 tsp salt
– 3/4 tsp ground nutmeg
– 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
– 1 cup vegetable oil (you can substitute butter)
– 1/2 cup Relative Foods brown sugar
– 1 cup Relative Foods cane sugar
– 3 eggs
– 1 tsp vanilla

Frosting Ingredients
– 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
– 1/2 cup butter, softened
– 1 cup Relative Foods brown sugar
– 1 cup powdered sugar
– 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
– 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
– 1/2 cups chopped walnuts (optional)


– Combine diced apples with 1 tbsp Relative Foods brown sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon. Set aside.
– Preheat oven to 350F
– Grease three 6″ (or two 9”) cake rounds
– In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, spices, and salt and set aside
– In a separate mixing bowl, combine vegetable oil (or butter) and sugars. Beat until well combined, about 2 minutes. Add eggs one at a time until thoroughly mixed, then add vanilla.
– Slowly fold in flour mixture
– Fold in apples
– Spread batter evenly into prepared pans and bake for 35-45 mins or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean
– Place cakes on wire rack to cool for 10 minutes then turn over and out onto wire rack to cool completely

Frosting Instructions
– In a large mixing bowl beat the cream cheese, butter, sugars, vanilla and pie spice until smooth, approximately 5 minutes.
– Spread frosting between layers and over top and sides of cake.
– Gently press walnuts into frosting on top of the cake.
– Refrigerate leftovers.

Apple spice cake with brown sugar frosting recipe

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