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Spiced Apple Cake

Let me introduce you to your new favorite dessert: Spiced Apple Cake. Imagine the rich, sweet aroma of apples and spices filling your kitchen while this heavenly cake bakes. Perfectly moist, filled with the warm flavors of cinnamon, allspice, and ginger, and then topped with a decadent layer of caramel cream cheese frosting—it doesn’t get better than this! Ideal for holiday gatherings, Sunday brunch, or just because it’s Tuesday and you deserve a treat, this cake will leave you and your guests craving seconds. The best part? It’s a breeze to make. From start to finish, you’re looking at just about an hour of your time. So, if you’re after something deliciously sweet, delightfully spicy, and drop-dead gorgeous to look at, this Spiced Apple Cake is the recipe to try. Trust me, your taste buds will thank you.

Why You’ll Love Spiced Apple Cake

  • Unforgettable Flavor: The blend of spices like cinnamon, allspice, and ginger creates a warm and comforting flavor profile that perfectly complements the sweet apples.
  • Creamy, Dreamy Frosting: The caramel cream cheese frosting adds a layer of luxurious sweetness that takes this cake from great to extraordinary.
  • Easy to Make: With a prep time of just 25 minutes, this cake is perfect for bakers of all skill levels. And you can’t beat a homey, made-from-scratch cake that doesn’t require hours in the kitchen.
  • Versatile Serving Options: Whether it’s a holiday dinner, a potluck, or just a family get-together, this cake fits the bill. It’s a crowd-pleaser that’s suitable for almost any occasion.
  • Customizable: Want to throw in some pecans instead of walnuts? Go ahead! The base cake recipe is versatile enough for you to make it your own.

What You Need To Make Spiced Apple Cake

  • Measuring cups/spoons
  • Mixing bowls
  • Square 8-inch cake pan or 9×13 dish

Ingredients You Need To Make Spiced Apple Cake

  • Gluten-Free Baking Flour
  • Baking powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Allspice
  • Ginger
  • Kosher salt
  • Apples
  • Sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla extract
  • Walnuts
  • Applesauce
  • Milk

How To Make Spiced Apple Cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray your 8-inch cake pans or a 9×13 dish with non-stick baking spray.
  3. In a mixing bowl, mix the sugars, egg, and butter for 3 minutes.
  4. Add in the milk, applesauce, and vanilla.
  5. Stir in all the dry ingredients.
  6. Fold in the walnuts and apples.
  7. Bake for about 30-35 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean and the top is lightly browned.
  8. Cool completely before frosting.

Ingredients For Frosting

  • Cream cheese
  • Butter
  • Powdered sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Caramel
  • Cinnamon

Note: Easy Homemade Caramel

Add sweetened condensed milk to a stockpot and cook over medium-low heat until it turns light golden brown. Let it cool before using.

Commonly Asked Questions

Can I Use a Different Type of Flour?

Yes, you can use regular all-purpose flour if you are not specifically looking for a gluten-free option.

What Apples Should I Use?

Any sweet variety like Gala, Fuji, or Honeycrisp works well in this recipe.

How Long Does This Cake Keep?

Stored in an airtight container, the cake should remain fresh for up to 4-5 days.

Can I Freeze the Cake?

Yes, this Spiced Apple Cake freezes well. Just make sure to wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and then foil. It can be frozen for up to 3 months.

Spiced Apple Cake with Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting.

Print Pin Rate
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 33 minutes
Servings: 12 Slices
Calories: 263kcal


  • Measuring cups/spoons
  • mixing bowls
  • Square 8 inch cake pan or 9×13 dish


  • 2 1/3 Gluten Free Baking Flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/8 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 apples peeled and core removed, chopped
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter room temp
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup walnuts chopped
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 3/4 cup milk


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spray 8″ cake pans with nonstick baking spray (will fit a 9×13 too).
  • In a mixing bowl mix the sugars, egg and butter for 3 mins.
  • Add the milk, applesauce and vanilla.
  • Add all the dry ingredients.
  • Fold in the walnuts and apples.
  • Bake until the toothpick comes out clean approx. 30-35 minutes. The tops will be lightly browned.
  • Cool completely.
  • Ingredients: Frosting
  • 8oz cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup caramel (note on making your own below)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon


making an easy caramel. Add sweetened condensed milk to a stock pot and cook over med/low heat until light golden brown. Let cool some. Enjoy!


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 263kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 313mg | Potassium: 108mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 440IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 99mg | Iron: 1mg
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This Spiced Apple Cake isn’t just another dessert; it’s an experience—a delightful blend of flavors and textures that will leave you wanting more. From the moist, flavorful cake to the luscious, caramel-infused frosting, every bite is a celebration. Moreover, you get to savor a cake that is not only delicious but also easy to make and adaptable to various occasions. Whether you’re a baking novice or a seasoned pro, this recipe provides an effortless way to bring a little culinary magic to your table. So why not roll up those sleeves and get baking? Your future self (and your guests) will thank you for it!

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