Apple Butter Spice Cake

Apple Butter Spice Cake

I’m a bit jealous of those of you who have Autumn weather already appearing in your areas. I guess you could say that Las Vegas is cooling down a bit, but today’s high was still at least 95 degrees F. Well, at least the nights feel like they are getting cooler.

While it doesn’t feel very Fall-ish in these parts, there is things I do that (somewhat) satisfy my love of the season. One thing I do is go all out with my Autumn decorating. I think I decorate almost as much for Autumn (and Halloween and Thanksgiving), as I do for Christmas. The other thing I do is start cooking meals and desserts the celebrate the flavors of Fall.

This week, I am participating in #SundaySupper and our theme for this week is Autumn Apple Party, hosted by Cindy of Cindy’s Recipes and Writings. Apples are the number #2 food I think of when I think of Autumn (the first one is pumpkin), so I was particularly eager to get cooking!

The recipe I’m contributing to the Autumn Apple Party is Apple Butter Spice Cake.

Apple Butter Spice Cake

It’s an apple cake full of flavor, plus it is made in one bowl, so there is less to clean up.

Apple Butter Spice Cake

It’s great with some whipped cream, or a scoop of vanilla ice cream…although we had it just by itself, which is also good.

If you are in the mood for some Autumn cooking, like I am, you’ll definitely want to check the list at the end of this post — it’s full of over 60 different Autumn Apple recipes!

Apple Butter Spice Cake


  • 1 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 cup apple butter
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 cup diced apples (I used about 1/2 of a medium sized granny smith)
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Optional: granulated sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8" square pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, place melted butter, apple butter, brown sugar, and oil and whisk until smooth. Add apples, nuts, buttermilk, egg, and vanilla and mix well. Add flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and salt; whisk until just combined.
  3. Spread batter in the prepared baking dish. If desired, sprinkle top of batter with a bit of granulated sugar. Bake until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, which will be about 35-40 minutes.

Adapted from Eating Well

Apple Butter Spice Cake

Here’s the rest of the participants in the Autumn Apple Party Menu:

Soups, Salads, Starters and Breads

Main Meals




Please be sure you join us on Twitter throughout the day during #SundaySupper. We’ll be meeting up at 7:00 pm (Eastern) for our weekly #SundaySupper live chat where we’ll talk about our favorite apple recipes! All you have to do is follow the #SundaySupper hashtag, or you can follow us through TweetChat! We’d also love to feature your apple recipes on our #SundaySupper Pinterest board and share them with all of our followers!

About the Author: brandie (551 Posts)

Brandie Valenzuela is a food blogger and writer at Home Cooking Memories. She lives in Las Vegas, NV where she enjoys cooking, baking, modern-day recipe keeping and making everyday memories with her family. She is known to have an extremely normal obsession with cupcake liners, ribbons and office supplies.


  1. My mom was a big believer in decorating for ALL seasons and she would get so annoyed at how quickly people seem to neglect Fall. It is my favourite season, I love the weather and the food. Since i have a large batch of apple butter cooking up this is on my list to try. Thanks for sharing

  2. Just the perfect cake to announce fall! Love the recipe and can’t wait to try it.

  3. I never made apple butter, but this is my kind of `plain´ cake, full of spices! Wonderful recipe Brandie! Have a great sunday!

  4. This makes it okay to eat cake for breakfast. The spices are perfect with coffee. And, well, it would be great for a snack anytime too.

  5. I so admire people who decorate for the seasons. My mom has that gene, but she didn’t pass it along.

  6. I am like you…here in So Cal it is still pretty dang hot, so sometimes fall flavors are the best way to get in the mood for the new season.

  7. Love a little spice, this one makes me to the yumyum dance :)

  8. Brandie, this looks SO fab! I love spice cakes!

  9. This sounds like a great cake. I love the idea of decorating for fall, but I almost always run out of time. Maybe this year?

  10. I love, love, love apple butter! This cake looks delicious and screams fall! Happy #SS.

  11. I imagine this would also be fabulous as a breakfast treat, too! I’m all about enjoying the sweets in the morning, too!

  12. This sounds so delicious! Thank you for sharing!

  13. This recipe sounds perfect for breakfast…you can eat cake for breakfast, right??? ;)

  14. I love decorating for fall :) – Your cake looks delicious!

  15. oh, I love that you used ginger in this! I love ginger!

  16. Brandie this looks fantastic. Love apple cake, and this flavour combination is amazing.

  17. Sounds yummy and looks delicious! Thanks Brandie. I love these type of simple desserts.

  18. The Cake looks so delicious!!!!! :-D

  19. Wow, I live the warm spices in your cake!It looks absolutely divine!Would love to have a bite with cup of tea :)

  20. This looks like a great afternoon snacking cake, or for breakfast, dessert, midnight!!!

  21. I have never had apple butter before, it is on my list of things to make. This cake sounds absolutely delicious!

  22. Great flavor combos Brandie!

  23. This is a great snack cake Brandie! I have Apple Butter that I made so I can use it for this cake!

  24. Brandie, your cake looks so good. Never try butter cake with apple, I shall try this recipe soon. Thanks sharing!

  25. I love decorating for the fall too! It’s simply my favorite time of the year, and Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday (even though I still go more all-out for Christmas). If I pick up some apple butter today, I’ll have everything I need to make this cake, hmmmm….. :)

  26. Brandie, I love apple cakes and yours is fabulous with all the spices! It would be perfect with my afternoon tea :) Great #SS post~

  27. This looks amazing! I may do a riff on it with my peach butter too!

  28. Conni Smith says:

    Mmmm… I don’t know what I love best. Apple Pie or Apple Cakes. It is so hard to choose, and this cake looks great!

  29. I totally understand how you feel, I lived in Tucson AZ for fifteen years:-) Well hopefully all these apple posts will kinda put you in the Fall mood:-) I love spice cake, so adore the idea of adding apples! Looks delicious, Hugs, Terra

  30. uhhh I’ll take whipped cream and a couple scoops of ice cream with the whole cake thank you. I’m a glutton. Cake looks so delicous!

  31. Brandie

    Your cake looks so good! This recipe is getting pinned.

  32. Oh I had an idea for apple butter cake! Thanks for doing the work for me ;) haha

  33. I just canned 4 pints of apple butter and this looks like a great way to use it up!


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