Apple Spice Cake with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting | Tastes Better From Scratch
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Apple Spice Cake

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!
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 20
Calories: 307kcal
Author: Lauren Allen


  • 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


  • 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 1/2 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, 3/4 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, 3/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, and salt.
  • Add about 1/3 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.


Adapted from Our Best Bites


Calories: 307kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 283mg | Potassium: 157mg | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 575IU | Vitamin C: 0.6mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 1mg