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APPLE SPICE SHEET CAKE WITH BROWN SUGAR CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

Apple Spice Sheet Cake - The Southern Lady Cooks

This delicious Apple Spice Sheet Cake is a family favorite and such a wonderful treat. It’s wonderful for any Fall gathering but we love it year round! Definitely save this wonderful cake, the frosting takes it to another level. It’s perfect for a potluck since it’s a sheet cake. Super easy to make and the fresh apples are so good in it. Spend a day at the orchard with family and friends and come home and make this cake!

Apple Spice Sheet Cake Ingredients Needed:

Apples, (I use red delicious but you could use about any kind for this recipe)

All-purpose flour

Baking powder

Baking soda

Ground cinnamon

Ground nutmeg

Salt

Butter

Eggs

White granulated sugar

Buttermilk

Vanilla extract

Pecans or walnuts, chopped

Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients:

Cream cheese

Butter

Brown sugar

Powdered sugar

Vanilla extract

Personally this frosting is what really makes this cake amazing. The brown sugar with the spices in the cake is just so good! I think you could easily  make this in a 9X13 cake pan too. I haven’t tried it, but see no reason why it wouldn’t work. I would add about 10 minutes to the baking time, but please check the center to see if it is done. You don’t want to over or under bake it.

“I loved this cake so much. I live alone and sort of was hesitant about baking it because of the size in a sheet pan, a lot of cake for one person…lol.. I made it and really loved it, gave most of it to friends and neighbors who raved about how delicious it was.” – Ricky

“This cake is incredible. The batter is really thick and I thought I did something wrong but it came out great. Frosting is not too sweet.” – Chris

Apple Spice Sheet Cake - The Southern Lady Cooks

Apple Spice Sheet Cake - The Southern Lady Cooks

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Apple Spice Sheet Cake with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting

This Apple Spice Sheet Cake with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting is perfect for any event. We love this delicious cake! 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Apple Spice Cake
Servings: 1 cake

Ingredients

  • 4 cups chopped apples (I use red delicious but you could use about any kind for this recipe. Peel, core and chop pieces a little smaller than a dime.)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick butter or 8 tablespoons or 1/2 cup softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups white granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup pecans or walnuts chopped

BROWN SUGAR CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 8 tablespoons butter or 1 stick or 1/2 cup softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a bowl. 
  • Cream butter, sugar and eggs with a mixer. Combine with flour, add buttermilk and vanilla and mix. Fold in chopped apples and nuts with a spoon. Spray or line a 10 x 15 jelly roll pan (this is a regular baking sheet with a lip all the way round it)
  • I usually just line mine with aluminum foil.Spread cake mixture in pan. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool and frost

FROSTING INSTRUCTIONS

  • Mix all ingredients together with mixer. Spread over cooled cake.

You might also like our recipe for Italian Cream Cake.

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30 Comments

  1. I just made this cake for the first time.. it smells wonderful. Do I need to keep it in the refrigerator?

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      I have never put in the fridge, but you can if you like.

  2. This cake is incredible. The batter is really thick and I thought I did something wrong but it came out great. Frosting is not too sweet.5 stars

  3. I cannot wait to make this cake. It seems like nobody makes spice cake anymore! My grandmother would make spice cake for us as a special treat when we were kids ~ thank your for bringing those fond memories closer to home.

  4. Ricky C Shoemake says:

    I Loved this cake so much. I live alone and sort of was hesitant about baking it because of the size in a sheet pan, alot of cake for one person…lol.. I made it and really loved it, gave most of it to friends and neighbors who raved about hoe delicious it was.5 stars

    1. Ricky C Shoemake says:

      I forgot to ask, could I have used Cake Flour instead of All Purpose? Swan’s Down?

      1. The Southern Lady says:

        I have only ever made it this way, so can’t really say. So glad you enjoyed the cake!

  5. My family loved this! It was amazing and easy to make!5 stars

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Wonderful!

  6. This cake is amazing!! My family all loved it! Love the delicious frosting!5 stars

  7. With apple sauce would you need to cut down on milk? I would love the apple sauce idea my self.

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Sorry, I cannot advise you, Joyce, as I have not made it with apple sauce but I think I would just add the sauce and keep the milk the same.

  8. Can you use applesauce I stead of apples?

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      I have not tried it with applesauce, Michelle, but it may be o.k.

  9. Kathy Snyder says:

    if you used a 9 x 13.. how much time should be added to the baking time since it will be thicker. Eager to try this!!

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Try 10 minutes, Kathy, but test the center with a fork after about five minutes to see if it is done.

  10. Phyllis schmitz says:

    Could this be made using a 9×13 pan instead of sheet pan size?

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Yes, you can do that Phyllis.

  11. Connie Vance says:

    looking forward to making the recipe
    only heard great reviews
    I was able to right click with printing options and then able to select the page wanted to print
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  12. linda roberts says:

    I have made many of your recipes. have never been disappointed ! I know this takes a lot of time and effort and I appreciate all of it ! You have made many people smile giving me the credit for an awesome recipe! Thanks so much for making me look good !5 stars

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Thank you so much Linda for your wonderful comment. It is people like you that make all the hard work worthwhile. We are so happy you enjoy the recipes and are a part of our community. I have to admit you brought a tear because it is so nice to hear you are appreciated. Thank you so very much and have a wonderful weekend.

  13. Carolyn Bryan says:

    Love your website/page!!!!5 stars

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Thank you Carolyn! Happy you are enjoying it!

  14. Joe V Henry says:

    Are all of the posted recipes in the cookbooks?

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      No, they are not. If we put all the recipes in the cookbooks it would be enormous. We have tried to pick the best ones for the books, Joe.

  15. carol inabnitt says:

    do you use salted or unsalted butter ?

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      I use unsalted because there is salt in the recipe but I don’t think it would make a big difference.

  16. The Southern Lady says:

    Thank you Cathy! So glad it worked for you, I checked our stats and over 400 people were able to print yesterday, so no clue what the issue could be. I also use Chrome. Thanks so much! Hope you enjoy the recipe 🙂

  17. This sounds sooooooo good. Is there a downside to using 9×13 pan. I usually prefer that ratio of cake to icing. Thanks as always for your great recipes.

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      I am sure you could use a 9 x 13 pan with no problem Amy. Happy you enjoy the recipes and happy to have you on the site.