Apple Spice Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting

“I am a healthy eater most of the time, but this apple spice cake is worth the splurge! Every year, I treasure the opportunity to make my own birthday cake, and I choose this. You can add a cup of raisins to the batter before baking if you’d like.” —Jennifer Owen, Louisville, Kentucky

Apple Spice Cake with Brown Sugar FrostingPhoto: Taste of Home
Servings Prep Time Cook Time
16servings 30minutes 35minutes + cooling
Servings Prep Time
16servings 30minutes
Cook Time
35minutes + cooling
Portions: servings
Portions: servings
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line bottoms of 2 greased 9-in. round baking pans with parchment; grease parchment.
  2. Place apples in a food processor; pulse until finely chopped. In a large bowl, beat sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla until well blended. In another bowl, whisk flour, pie spice, baking powder and salt; gradually beat into sugar mixture alternately with buttermilk. Stir in apples and walnuts.
  3. Transfer to prepared pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean, 35-40 minutes. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks; remove paper. Cool completely.
  4. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, butter, sugars, vanilla and pie spice until smooth. Spread frosting between layers and over top and sides of cake. Gently press walnuts into frosting on top of cake. Refrigerate leftovers.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 574 calories, 33g fat (9g saturated fat), 53mg cholesterol, 326mg sodium, 67g carbohydrate (51g sugars, 2g fibre), 7g protein.