Spiced Apple Cake Recipe


Tea time isn’t complete without dessert, and today I want to share a treat that goes perfectly with your afternoon tea. The nice contrast between the sweet and the spice is delightful and you’d be surprised how simple it is to make. I present to you, our version of the spiced apple cake.

The apple cake is a popular dessert and there are many variations. The basic idea in making this dessert is adding apple slices between layers and as toppings of a moist cake. The traditional preparation is slightly more elaborate, using spices like nutmeg and cinnamon, as well as mixing crushed nuts into the batter. Apple juice can also be added into the batter, which leads to more moisture retention after baking. Imagine biting into a sweet, moist cake together with the contrast of nuts and spices which add flavor to this beloved dessert. Follow the instructions below to make a wonderful Spiced Apple Cake creation.

How to make Spiced Apple Cake

Prep time:       15 mins

Cook time:      1 hour

Yields:  10 servings


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups Pittman & Davis Apples – peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup evaporated milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9-inch square pan. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the shortening, brown sugar and white sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the milk, mixing just until incorporated. Stir in the chopped apples.
  3. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool.
  4. Frosting: In a medium bowl, combine 1/4 cup shortening, confectioners’ sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Beat until light and creamy. Beat in the milk, one tablespoon at a time, until desired spreading consistency is achieved. Spread over top of cooled cake.


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