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Homemade Apple Cinnamon Spice Cake with Caramel Apple Frosting From Scratch

Updated on October 5, 2018
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Victoria is a stay-at-home mom, author, blogger at Healthy at Home, and educator. She currently lives in Colorado with her family.

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So funny story... Typically when I'm trying to figure out a new recipe, I do a lot of research, looking at dozens of recipes before deciding on my ingredients. There's no need to recreate the wheel, right? Then I make it, and remake it, adjusting my ingredients until I get it just right. Oddly enough, there were no Apple Cinnamon Spice cake recipes online, and definitely no Caramel Apple Frosting recipes. But they sure sounded delicious!

Well, I wasn't going to let not finding a recipe get me down. In fact, that was awesome because that means I'd have the only one. Only thing is, that means I had to figure it out from scratch. I researched apple cakes and spice cakes, but that was still hard. Honestly, it really irks me when someone posts a recipe and it includes "use a Betty Crocker Spice Cake mix." Seriously?! And that was the majority of the recipes I found. That's not a recipe. Anyone could have done that following the back of the cake mix box.

Even worse, "then ice your cake using Betty Crocker's Caramel Apple frosting" from the tub. Not a recipe. A recipe involves combining a variety of different ingredients from your kitchen to create a masterpiece. That is what this recipe is! Using my homemade applesauce, and yummy spices, this creation turned out so delicious. It came together fast and only took 35 minutes in the oven! I think you're going to fall in love with this amazing Fall creation.

Let me show you how easy it was.

5 stars from 1 rating of Cinnamon Apple Spice Cake

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 35 min
Ready in: 45 min
Yields: 1 layer cake serving 8 people 1 triangle slice

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 1 recipe for Caramel Apple Frosting, (link below)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and line a 9 inch round or square cake pan with parchment paper. This only makes one layer, so I chose a square pan this time.
  2. This recipe was so easy to put together. I started by adding in all of my dry ingredients one at a time.
  3. I like measuring out all of my dry ingredients first so that my measuring cups and spoons aren't all messy when I need them.
  4. Then I measured out all of my wet ingredients into the mixing bowl.
  5. Mix everything really well and then pour it out into your lined baking pan.
  6. Smooth it out really nice and pop it into the oven.
  7. Bake for 35 minutes, until a knife poked into the middle comes out clean.
  8. While my cake was baking, I made my Caramel Apple Frosting which I will give you the link to below. I popped the frosting into the refrigerator while I was waiting to use it.
  9. When your cake is done, pull it out and let it cool. It should easily come out of the pan when you're ready with a platter, as it's on parchment paper. It even held together well while I transferred it.
  10. When cool, frost your cake. Yummy! This cake was amazing! Make sure to refrigerate any leftovers.
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I mixed all of my dry ingredients first starting with the flour.Then the cinnamon and nutmeg.Then the baking powder, baking soda, and salt.Then I added my egg and vanilla.And applesauce. I used my homemade applesauce for this recipe.The honey and coconut oil needed to be melted first.Then I mixed everything together.I chose a square pan for this cake.I poured it all in my baking pan, being careful to smooth it all out, and baked for 35 minutes.Yum! While the cake was baking, I whipped up my Caramel Apple Frosting and chilled it in the fridge until it was needed.When the cake was cool and my guests were almost here, I frosted my cake.
I mixed all of my dry ingredients first starting with the flour.
I mixed all of my dry ingredients first starting with the flour.
Then the cinnamon and nutmeg.
Then the cinnamon and nutmeg.
Then the baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Then the baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Then I added my egg and vanilla.
Then I added my egg and vanilla.
And applesauce. I used my homemade applesauce for this recipe.
And applesauce. I used my homemade applesauce for this recipe.
The honey and coconut oil needed to be melted first.
The honey and coconut oil needed to be melted first.
Then I mixed everything together.
Then I mixed everything together.
I chose a square pan for this cake.
I chose a square pan for this cake.
I poured it all in my baking pan, being careful to smooth it all out, and baked for 35 minutes.
I poured it all in my baking pan, being careful to smooth it all out, and baked for 35 minutes.
Yum! While the cake was baking, I whipped up my Caramel Apple Frosting and chilled it in the fridge until it was needed.
Yum! While the cake was baking, I whipped up my Caramel Apple Frosting and chilled it in the fridge until it was needed.
When the cake was cool and my guests were almost here, I frosted my cake.
When the cake was cool and my guests were almost here, I frosted my cake.
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 151
Calories from Fat18
% Daily Value *
Fat 2 g3%
Saturated fat 0 g
Unsaturated fat 1 g
Carbohydrates 29 g10%
Sugar 6 g
Fiber 3 g12%
Protein 5 g10%
Cholesterol 20 mg7%
Sodium 120 mg5%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
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This cake was only 1 layer, so you could very easily double the recipe and pour it into two cake pans. Homemade Caramel Syrup or some Harvest Apple Jam would be delightful as a filling between the two layers. I only made one layer because honestly, I knew such a big cake wouldn't get eaten around here with just my husband and I working on it. It gave me a chance to test out several recipes without wasting too much cake as well.

The Caramel Apple Frosting was a little more challenging to create. You can read my story about it here. I first made the caramel syrup, and then experimented until I had a successful firm frosting that I could spread, that tasted just right. I'm so excited with how it turned out! Keep in mind, this isn't just any cake and frosting recipe.

I don't use any processed ingredients or refined flours or sugars. So this recipe is not just delicious, but it is clean-eating and good for you. I used whole wheat flour, organic eggs, baking powder and baking soda, pink Himalayan salt, coconut oil and raw honey, along with my homemade applesauce, which is just cooked, blended apples. The frosting is the same; whole, organic, good-for-you ingredients. I don't use white sugar, powdered sugar.

This makes eating very easy in my house, because we don't have to worry about feeling guilty about what we eat. We just enjoy the food for it's own sake. I hope you love this cake as much as we did!

© 2018 Victoria Van Ness

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      Victoria Van Ness 

      12 days ago from Fountain, CO

      I'm so glad you enjoyed it Shauna. It's so good to hear from you again. :) I've really enjoyed your comments. You should give the caramel apple frosting a shot. It was divine!

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      13 days ago from Central Florida

      This cake sounds delicious, Victoria. I love spice cakes because they're not too sweet. The addition of applesauce is wonderful. I often use applesauce instead of a fat when baking cookies.

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