Spiced Apple Cake

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Apple Spice Cake with Nutmeg Glaze

Sometimes a photo is worth a thousand words, and that’s definitely the case with this Spiced Apple Cake recipe ~ you can clearly see the moist tender crumb, and I bet you can almost smell the warm aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.  The glossy frosting with with a hint of crackling on the surface tells you the rest of the story ~ yum!

My Spiced Apple Cake is made extra moist with apple butter in the batter ~

How do you judge a cake?  I always look for a good crumb.  I can’t know anything important about a cake until it’s cut open.  I like a nice blowsy, moist crumb, no straight edges or sharp corners.  If you cut into a cake and little bits fly off here and there, that’s a good sign.  A cake with a good voluptuous crumb can stop me in my tracks, and that’s exactly what happened when I saw this one on White Lights on Wednesday.  I had to make it mine.

Spiced Apple Cake ~ a moist and delicious cake pefect for dessert, coffee break, or breakfast!

There are so many things I love about this cake besides that great crumb.  It’s got a nice deep spiced apple flavor, and it’s super moist thanks to the cup of apple butter in the batter.  I used Greek yogurt, too.  I’ve been having a lot of success substituting it into baking recipes, I think it helps give a light texture.   I topped the cake with a sweet but still more spicy nutmeg glaze.  If that doesn’t scream fall…

My Spiced Apple Cake is the best apple cake ever, with a perfect moist crumb and just the right amount of spice.

I loved this cake.  I’m going to keep it around for that day when there’s a first hint of a chill in the air.  Or when I just want to pretend there is!

My Spiced Apple Cake is quick and easy to make!

I love a great quick cake like this that can be dessert, coffee cake, snack, or even breakfast, my BLUEBERRY LEMON POUND CAKE is one of my favorites, I just love the combo of lemon and blueberries.  And one of the most popular  cake recipes on the blog is my TRIPLE COCONUT POUND CAKE, so after you’ve finished this spiced apple cake, that’s a must-try :)

Spiced Apple Cake
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    dry ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
    wet ingredients
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup Apple Butter
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
    nutmeg glaze
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar
  • milk for thinning
  • 1 tsp fresh grated nutmeg


  1. Set the oven to 350F
  2. Whisk together the dry ingredients and set aside.
  3. Cream the butter and the sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Stir in the apple butter.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients alternately with the yogurt, beginning and ending with the dry. Mix just until combined, don't over beat.
  5. Spread the dough into a 9x5 loaf pan (spray lightly with cooking spray and/or line with parchment paper for easy removal) and bake for about 55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out without wet batter clinging to it.
  6. Cool on a rack while you make the glaze.
  7. To make the glaze, mix the confectioner's sugar with enough milk to form a spreadable glaze. Stir in the nutmeg to taste.
  8. Spread the glaze on the warm cake.


recipe adapted from White Lights on Wednesday



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  • Reply
    Gina from Toronto
    March 12, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    I just made this with a few substitutions: sadly didn’t have apple butter so I used apple sauce instead (as a result, I doubled the spices). I also substituted sour cream for the yogurt and added 1.5 chopped up apples) and baked it in a slightly longer loaf pan (the extra long one from IKEA). Baked for 60 min. Turned out beautifully. If I was to make it again this way, I think I’d triple the spices but I tend to like my spice cakes über spicy.

    • Reply
      March 12, 2016 at 2:51 pm

      Thanks for all that info Gina — it’s good to know that applesauce works, because sometimes apple butter is hard to find. I would have thought it would be too watery. A few other readers have added chopped apples with success, I may try that next time. Thanks for visiting!

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    plasterer bristol
    October 6, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    Oh wow this sounds lovely. will have to give this a go. Thanks for sharing.


  • Reply
    September 17, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    Just made this tonight, and in love.
    Thanks for the recipe!

    • Reply
      September 18, 2015 at 5:22 am

      I love this one too Ruby — hope it becomes a favorite!

  • Reply
    January 5, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    What can I use unstead of greek yogurt?

    • Reply
      January 5, 2015 at 6:31 pm

      You could use buttermilk, regular yogurt, sour cream, or creme fraiche Abbie!

      • Reply
        January 6, 2015 at 10:15 am

        Ok thanks I’m making this tonight!

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