Apple Spice Cake

Apple spiced cake recipe

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  • Total: 60 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 40 mins
  • Servings: 12 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
289 Calories
11g Fat
37g Carbs
11g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 289
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 6g 29%
Cholesterol 97mg 32%
Sodium 679mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 14%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Protein 11g
Calcium 181mg 14%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Here is a tasty fall recipe for apple spice cake. As the name implies, spice cake is traditionally flavored with a variety of spices including cinnamon, cloves, allspice, ginger, and nutmeg.

Apple cake is a popular dessert made with the main ingredient of apples. Such a cake is made through the process of slicing this sweet fruit to add fragrance to a plain cake base. Traditional apple cakes, such as the above apple spice cake, go a step further by including various spices such as nutmeg or cinnamon, which give a unique flavor. Upon the addition of spices, the batter can also be accompanied by crushed nuts, the most popular being walnuts and almonds.

Dorset apple cake, Devon apple cake, and Somerset apple cake are traditional forms of this cake, respectively from Dorset, ​Devon, and Somerset, England. They may include apple juices local to these countries as part of their ​recipes but are not necessary.

Apples are also used in other cakes, including chocolate cake, where their water-retention can help a normally-dry cake to stay moist. In this case, they may be either dried or fresh.

This spice cake, which uses three of those spices, also features apples, hence the name apple spice cake, and is great for a summer or fall party.


  • 3 medium apples (peeled, cored, thinly sliced)
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup apple schnapps (or apple juice, milk, water or a combination)
  • Serving Suggestions: Whipped cream, ground cinnamon

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for apple spiced cake
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  2. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease 9x13 pan.

    Grease pan
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  3. Toss apple slices with spices and set aside.

    Toss apples
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  4. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt with a wire whisk.

    Combine flour
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  5. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar.

    Cream butter
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  6. Add eggs one at a time.

    Add eggs
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  7. Add flour mixture alternately with apple schnapps.

    Add flour mixture
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  8. Stir in apple slices.

    Stir in apples
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  9. Transfer batter to greased pan.

    Transfer batter to pan
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  10. Bake for 30 to 38 minutes.

    Bake apple cake
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  11. Serve apple spice cake with a dollop of whipped cream and sprinkled with cinnamon.

    Slice apple spice cake
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