Pumpkin Apple Cake - The Southern Lady Cooks

This Pumpkin Apple Cake with Nutmeg Frosting is one of my all time favorites. This great fall dessert made with apples and pumpkin and topped with nutmeg frosting will surely impress your guests. This delicious cake is one your family will love. Great for any gathering or event!  The combination of apples and pumpkin really go great together. Definitely add this one to your menu. If you love pumpkin cakes, check out this delicious pumpkin coffee cake.

Pumpkin Apple Cake Ingredients Needed:

All-purpose flour


Baking powder

Baking soda






Canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix just straight pumpkin)

Vanilla flavoring


Oil (I use Canola)

Fresh apples


Walnut pieces (Optional)

Nutmeg Frosting Ingredients Needed:

Cream cheese, softened


Confectioners sugar

Bourbon (optional)


This cake is perfect for Thanksgiving or really any Fall gathering. The taste is wonderful and I frosting is wonderful. Everyone I have served this cake to has asked for the recipe. Full recipe in recipe card below.

Recipe Feedback: “This cake is delicious!!! It was so easy and the frosting…wow. My family ate every single crumb.” – Barbara

“I’ve made this cake 3 times. Everyone loves it. Thank you soooo much. Best wishes!” -Joann

“Made it yesterday for get-together! Everyone loved it! I made it in a sheet pan. So moist and yummy!” – Johnetta

“Made this week and used the other nutmeg frosting recipe of yours – DELICIOUS! Thank you!” – Crystal


Pumpkin Apple Cake - The Southern Lady Cooks


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Pumpkin Apple Cake with Nutmeg Frosting

This Pumpkin Apple Cake with Nutmeg Frosting is a recipe you'll want to keep.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pumpkin Apple Cake


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 2 cups canned pumpkin not pumpkin pie mix just straight pumpkin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla flavoring
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup oil I use Canola
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh apples peeled and grated or shredded
  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 3/4 cup walnut pieces Optional

Nutmeg Frosting

  • 1 8 oz pkg. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 stick butter or margarine softened
  • 1 1 lb. box confectioners sugar
  • 4 teaspoons bourbon
  • 2 teaspoons nutmeg


  • In a large bowl combine oil, eggs, sugar, vanilla, pumpkin and mix well using electric mixer. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger and apples and continue mixing.
  • Fold in nuts and raisins and pour batter into a sprayed or greased 9 x 13 cake pan. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven 45 to 50 minutes.

Nutmeg Frosting

  • Mix all ingredients with mixer until you get the spreading consistency you want. Spread on cooled cake.

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  1. Is it possible to leave the raisins out? I LOVE the sounds of this cake and the reviews it’s getting but I have picky eaters who will NOT eat raisins……just wasn’t sure if the sweetness added to the cake or any substitutions could be used instead? Thanks!!

  2. This recipe definitely will be my “go to” for fall. I didn’t have pumpkin so I replaced it with canned sweet potatoes, it was fabulous! I reduced the sugar to 1.5 cups do to the fact that the sweet potatoes had added sugar. The frosting I simplified since I didn’t have bourbon and the cake had so much spice added already, I added 2 Tbsp. maple syrup and 3/4 cup powdered sugar to the cream cheese, simple yet delicious.

  3. I thought it needed another 4-5 minutes in the oven, but dove into a pinhole for almost 15 then ran to get it out of the oven, thinking I had ruined it—but it’s moist and tender and soooo tasty! Made no changes except I added 1-1/2 tsp to the cake and 3/4tsp to the frosting of King Arthur’s Yuletide Spice blend. I didn’t have any bourbon so I subbed lemon juice for that. Might be the best cream cheese frosting I have ever had! I will share proudly and definitely make again.5 stars

  4. Made the cake for a friend’s birthday. We all loved and I passed the recipe on. I didn’t use the rum in the frosting and it was delicious anyway, love the nutmeg in it.5 stars

  5. Mine didn’t work out 🙁 I did have to make 2 substitutions though; only had baking powder so just substituted the soda and then only had a cup of white sugar so the rest was brown. My cake came out like bars almost. Way closer to a pumpkin pie texture almost! It’s still really good but heavy and dense.4 stars

  6. This may be one of my all time favorite cakes! I made it yesterday and we all had two pieces. It’s seriously the best Fall cake! I am going to make it again for Thanksgiving!5 stars

  7. Great recipe! I did cut the apples into small chunks instead of shredding and used less cloves (I don’t care for the bitter taste of cloves), but overall, this is wonderful and will go into my list of favorites. All the flavors of fall!5 stars

    1. I have used all kinds of apples in this recipe. Red delicious, granny smith, gala, just whatever you have on hand.

  8. Made it yesterday for get-together! Everyone loved it! I made it in a sheet pan. So moist and yummy❤️5 stars

  9. Im excited to make this today, (went apple picking and have 11 pounds of apples to use up‍♀️) I have most all ingredients on hand and hoping to not go to the store, could I leave the rum out of the frosting? I saw your suggestion about rum extract, Ive not got any liquor or alcohol. what could you recommend for a frosting?

    Would this taste good with chocolate chips, I dont have raisins

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  11. No problem, Nisa. Happy you used the right amount and happy to have you on the site. Have a wonderful holiday season.

    1. I have used all kinds of apples in this recipe. Red delicious, granny smith, gala just whatever you have on hand.

  12. Made this today, just had a taste:) It’s a dense cake but I like that – and I used Myer’s Rum instead of bourbon in the frosting but it was very, very good! Thanks for the recipe:)5 stars

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