Apple Spice Cake

Apple Spice Cake – This delicious apple spice cake has the perfect blend of warm spices and a gorgeous texture, thanks to a double-dose of apple goodness.

Apple Spice Cake // One Lovely Life

Every so often, I post a recipe here that I just can’t seem to find the words to describe.

This is one of those recipes.

Please, may I beg you, implore you, beseech you, dear reader, to try this apple spice cake!!!

This isn’t your average apple cake. It isn’t your average spice cake. It is the heavenly best of both worlds.

Apple Spice Cake // One Lovely Life

It’s the most moist cake I have ever EVER made. The spice amounts may seem like a lot, but when you bake it, everything blends together in the most beautiful synergistic way.

I may also point out, that this cake is the PERFECT pair with my buttermilk syrup.

Again, I beg you… if you’re going to have this cake at all, have it right! Serve it with buttermilk syrup warm and gooey and you’ll kiss whoever is closest to you. (I suggest sitting by someone you like really well, otherwise this cake could make things a little awkward).

I MUST WARN YOU: Under no circumstances should you take a small bite of the cake and actually dip it into the container of warm, caramelly buttermilk syrup as though it were fondue. Not even when you’re just tasting the cake. Not even when you’re on your last bite. Not even when no one is looking. If you do it, you will never NOT be able to do it. Not that I know from experience…*cough*

Apple Spice Cake // One Lovely Life
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Apple Spice Cake // One Lovely Life

Apple Spice Cake

  • Author: One Lovely Life
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 1 (9×13) cake 1x


This delicious apple spice cake has the perfect blend of warm spices and a gorgeous texture, thanks to a double-dose of apple goodness.


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup applesauce (I prefer unsweetened)
  • 2 apples, peeled, cored, and grated
  • 23 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. cloves
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 1/4 cups flour


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Cream butter and sugar with a hand mixer or spatula until light, fluffy, and well combined.
  3. Mix in eggs one at a time till well incorporated.
  4. Stir in applesauce and apples.
  5. Sift in cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and flour. Stir till all dry ingredients are just mixed in. Don’t overmix.
  6. Pour into a 9″ x 13″ baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray or buttered.
  7. Bake at 375 degrees for 30-40 minutes or till a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  8. Serve with buttermilk syrup or caramel sauce.
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 35
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: apple cake, spice cake, apple spice cake


  1. I have a question—the directions say to add the apples, applesauce and spices, and the next step says to add the flour, dry ingredients and all the spices. I assume it doesn’t matter. I combined the spices with the flour and added all together.
    I do like the flavor of this cake but will probably increase the cinnamon next time. However, this cake was not particularly moist compared to applesauce cakes I’ve had in the past—not sure why?? I even sprinkled some sugar over the apples and sauce which generated some liquid. I will need to make your syrup or something to pour over.
    Thanks for posting the recipe.

    1. Cindi – If you poke holes in the cake and pour the syrup in, the cake will get pretty soggy. I’d recommend serving it on top for best results.

  2. This is every bit as indescribably good as you said in the beginning of the blog for this recipe! Just.absolutely. heavenly. I made it for the first time (and it won’t be the last either!) to take for the dinner at a friend’s home 2 months ago and besides me finding it totally delish (and the texture was soo incredible! ooh la la!!) my friend’s mom and her daughter , both serious home bakers, were also there and they both liked it so much they wanted me to give them the recipe!! That is one awesome apple -spice cake!! Thank you for sharing it!

    1. Nina – WOW! I’m so glad you loved it. It’s one of my all-time favorite cakes! It’s been a hit at family get-togethers, and caterers have even made it for weddings! 🙂

        1. You’re very welcome! But I have another cake related question (actually it’s the first question, not another…) I lovingly made this awesome apple cake yesterday as a birthday cake for a young friend who loves it. It turned out wonderful again and I added- for her benefit because her sweet tooth is off the charts!- an easy caramel frosting, though I made it seperately and didn’t actually frost the cake yet (her dad’s diabetic so I was gonna just do half frosted, half bare). Well guess what! Shani and family LEFT TOWN to visit a family member in Atlanta; they won’t be back until next WEEK. You can probably see what I’m going to ask here; HOW LONG can this cake survive on ‘refrigeration life support’? And no matter how long, will the very LOVELY moist texture be ruined in there?? Let me know please!

          1. Nina – Thank you for your patience! I usually freeze cakes if they won’t’ be eaten within 2-3 days. In the freezer, the texture should be preserved well. In the fridge, it’ll start to dry out after 2-3 days.

  3. I’m enjoying a lovely Fall day and your delicious cake recipe. When I felt the cool, crisp air outdoors, this kind of cake came to mind and I’m very happy that I made it. Important: there is one problem with the published recipe instructions. One line reads “Stir in applesauce, apples and spices” and the next line says “Stir in cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, baking soda, baking powder, salt and flour”

  4. I made this as cupcakes (baked for 20 mins) and topped with cream cheese frosting and they are excellent! Thank you for the recipe 🙂

  5. This is literally the beat thing I’ve ever made in my entire life. It is a million times tastier than I ever could have imagined! I can’t wait to make this every fall. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Allspice is actually not a mixture of spices, it’s an individual spice, so I would not recommend it as a substitute here. If you have something like pumpkin pie spice or apple pie spice, you might be able to get away with that; otherwise, I’d recommend waiting until you can get the spices called for since they’re really what makes this cake so special. I’m sorry!

  6. So delicious! I made this for the first time last year at Thanksgiving and it was requested so many times that its making a comeback to this (2020) Thanksgiving menu!

  7. Out of this world, my husband said when this cake is gone hurry and make another right away. The buttermilk caramel sauce was a must with it. Best cake ever!

      1. My cake is currently in the oven. I have a question about the buttermilk syrup. Can that be used like a frosting on the entire cake or should it be spooned on individual servings?

  8. This cake was absolutely amazing. I tweaked it a bit, cut the apples into chunks instead of grating and sprinkled toffee chips on top before baking. I make my own applesauce with a tad of sugar but I add spiced rum to cook down w/the apples.

  9. This has to be the best apple spice cake i have ever made. My husband does not eat much cake but he sure finished this one off and asked me to make it again.

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