This apple spice cake with cream cheese frosting is packed with flavor, filled with cinnamon, and has a delicious caramel undertone thanks to brown sugar. Then topped with fluffy cream cheese frosting – it’s the perfect cake for fall!
I think I’ve had an apple everyday for about 20 years. (Clearly, I’ve taken the “apple a day” saying very seriously). So when I was looking through my old fall recipes on Just So Tasty, I was surprised when I realized there were barely any apple recipes.
So, I figured it was time to share this Apple Spice Cake with cream cheese frosting. It’s a dense, super moist spice cake that’s filled with apples. Then it’s frosted with creamy, fluffy cream cheese frosting.
Because adding cream cheese frosting is always a good idea.
This apple spice cake is super moist with the softest crumb for a few key reasons:
- We start with oil (don’t worry, you can’t taste it at all
- 3 large eggs for tenderness
- Apple sauce
- And sour cream.
Then our cake is packed with flavor. Using brown sugar adds a delicious caramel flavor – then cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger are the trifecta of spices. Not to mention the delicious apple flavor.
For this recipe we’re using a combination of apple sauce and shredded apple. In baking, I typically recommend using a tart, crunchy apples because the flavor mellows during baking. Apples like granny smith, golden delicious or pink lady work perfectly. I wouldn’t recommend using red delicious though, since it’s flavor isn’t as strong.
After the cake is frosted, it’s then topped with fluffy cream cheese frosting. Depending on how much frosting you like, you might have a little left over. But I’ve never complained about that.
This cake is perfectly dense, moist, filled with flavor and completely perfect for fall. And if you love carrot cake or zucchini cake – I definitely recommend trying this apple spice cake with cream cheese frosting.
- 2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ginger
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 2/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup white sugar
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 3 large eggs , room temperature
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup apple sauce
- 1 1/2 cups grated apple
- 1/3 cup sour cream
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter , softened to room temperature
- 8 oz cream cheese , softened to room temperature
- 3 cup powdered sugar , sifted
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1-2 tablespoons cream , as needed
- chopped walnuts . optional
Preheat the oven to 350F degrees.
Grease and flour a 9x13 inch cake pan.
In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger & nutmeg.
In a large bowl using an electric mixer beat together the oil, sugars, eggs and vanilla. Then stir in the apple sauce, grated apple and sour cream.
Slowly beat in the flour mixture, turning off the mixer and scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 40-45 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
In a large bowl beat together the butter and cream cheese frosting until no lumps remain.
Slowly beat in the cream cheese about 1 cup at a time, then beat in the vanilla extract and 1-2 tablespoons cream as needed.
Frost the cooled cake, then top with chopped walnuts.