Apple Spice Cake with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting with real apple chunks, a smooth and creamy frosting and all of your favorite fall flavors wrapped into one. This easy cake is one of our favorites!

A slice of Apple Spice Cake with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting on a white plate

If you haven’t noticed, I love APPLE CAKES. I’ve shared a few of my favoites on the blog already, including this delicious Caramel Apple Bundt Cake and my Grandma’s Fresh Apple Cake — both of which are total winners.  But one of the things this Apple Spice Cake has that those recipes do not is a fantastic frosting!

A clear bowl filled with cake batter and sliced apples being stirred with a spatula.

Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting that pairs perfectly with the fall flavors in this cake.

A white plate with one slice of Apple Spice Cake topped with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting.

I LOVE serving delicious, seasonal cakes like this all throughout the fall and holiday seasons. This Apple Spice Cake with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting is the perfect cake for a party, baby shower/bridal shower, or just for dinner with friends.

The front corner of a glass casserole dish willed with Apple spice cake with cream cheese frosting.

Or, if you love to bake as much as I do, make this on a whim and send it with your husband to work 🙂 .

A close up of a slice of Apple Spice Cake covered in Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting.

I love to send my leftover baked goods to people. I get joy from baking them and then I’m not tempted by them sitting on my kitchen counter begging me to eat the entire pan.

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Recipe

Apple Spice Cake with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting | Tastes Better From Scratch
Prep 25 mins
Cook 45 mins
Total 1 hr 10 mins
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Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup + 2 Tablespoon butter , divided and softened
  • 2 cups Granny Smith apples , peeled and chopped (about 2 apples)
  • 3/4 cup + 2 Tablespoon light brown sugar , divided
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice , divided
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk

For the Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese , room temperature
  • ¼ cup butter , softened
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9×13? baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a small skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter over medium-high heat until the butter starts to bubble. 
  • Add the peeled and chopped apples, 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, and ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice and cook, tossing occasionally, until the apples start to soften and the sugar mixture thickens, about 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl add the remaining 1 cup of butter, ¾ cup brown sugar, and granulated sugar, and beat until light and fluffy (about 3 minutes), scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl as you go. 
  • Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing after each addition. Stir in vanilla.
  • In another mixing bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, ¾ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, and salt.
  • Add about ⅓ of the flour mixture to the creamed butter/sugar mixture and stir until incorporated.  
  • Add half of the buttermilk and stir. Repeat with another addition of flour, the rest of the buttermilk, and ending with the final addition of flour. 
  • Add the cooked apple mixture to the batter and fold-in gently. Spread the batter into the prepared pan.
  • Bake for 35-43 minutes or until the cake is golden brown on top and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.

For the Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • While the cake is cooling, make the frosting: Beat the cream cheese until smooth. 
  • Add butter and cream together until smooth. Add the brown sugar and beat for about 5 minutes, or until very light and fluffy. 
  • Mix in vanilla. Spread frosting evenly over cooled cake. Refrigerate leftovers.

Notes

Adapted from Our Best Bites

Nutrition

Calories: 307kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 3gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 72mgSodium: 283mgPotassium: 157mgSugar: 26gVitamin A: 575IUVitamin C: 0.6mgCalcium: 78mgIron: 1mg

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  1. Awesome recipe! Looks delicious. I’m going to make this and send it with my WIFE to work. Men can bake, and women can work.

  2. 5 stars
    This cake was delicious! I made it for my son’s quaran-“teen” birthday and he loved it. Thanks for the great recipe!

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