Old-Fashioned Apple Spice Cake


Old-Fashioned Apple Spice Cake

Old-Fashioned Apple Spice Cake

The best apple cake recipe has a little bit of cinnamon, moist cake, and heaps of apples on top. Old-Fashioned Apple Spice Cake has all of those components and more, which means that it's even better than the best. This recipe is perfect for early fall. Celebrate the season and use some freshly picked apples for the cake to get a bright, tart flavor. Keep some whipped cream or vanilla ice cream handy to put on top of the cake. Your family and friends will rave about this easy apple cake when you serve it to them this fall.


Preparation Time15 min

Cooking Time30 min

Cooking MethodOven


  • For the batter:
  • 6 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • For the topping:
  • 1 large apple (or 2 small apples), peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Optional:
  • Whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a round cake pan and set aside.

  2. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to cream together butter and sugar. Add egg, lemon juice, milk, and vanilla. Beat on medium speed for about 2 minutes, or until fluffy.

  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.

  4. Spread batter evenly into prepared cake pan.

  5. Arrange sliced apples on top of batter. Dot with additional 1 tablespoon butter. Sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon.

  6. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown on top and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

  7. Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, if desired.

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