Apple Spice Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting

Photo by: K. Henriques

I had too many fun fall bakes I wanted to make this month so I decided to post a little more often this month. My grandfather really likes apple cakes so I thought it would be fun to try this Apple Spice Cake.

I’ll start off by saying I did half the recipe and felt like it worked really well. To accommodate the adjusted recipe I used two 4 inch cake pans instead of 9 inch cake pans. The cake recipe isn’t hard, but it’ll take a little more time than your usual cake recipe since you’re peeling apples and pulsing them. This is where I did make a slight adjustment as I honestly didn’t feel like dragging out our food processor so I grated it since that’s how you make carrot cake. Once this is done you mix together the rest of the ingredients and then stir in the apples and walnuts. Even though I did a half recipe it still took about 40 minutes for these to fully bake but I kept an eye on it around 25 minutes as I didn’t want it to over bake.

While I was letting the cakes cool I started on the frosting. I let the cream cheese and butter sit out so it would be nice and soft and then mixed in the rest of the ingredients. I used a hand mixer and it didn’t quite get the butter as whipped as I would like so my recommendation would be to either use a stand mixer so everything incorporates or if you use a hand mixer just mix it a while. I ranked my cake a little lower on the visual scale for this reason but this problem can easily be avoided if you’re not in a hurry. 🙂

Taste-wise, this was really good and reminded me a lot of carrot cake. The cake is quite dense because of the apples but I liked the occasional crunch of the walnuts. The brown sugar frosting was also really good and went well with the apple cake. All in all, this was an easy recipe that yields a really nice fall treat!

Baking Ease10
Time Spent9
Taste10
Visual9

Recipe Used: Taste of Home

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