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
  • ¾ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons canola oil
  • ½ cup diced apples (I used about ½ of a medium sized granny smith)
  • ½ cup walnuts, chopped
  • ½ 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
  • ¼ 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!

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  1. says

    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. says

    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….. :)

  3. says

    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


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