Apple Spice Cake

Hello friends and happy Sunday to you all.  So it's time for a fall cake and this one is packed with all the classic fall flavors that we love so much like apple, spice and pecans. And I am happy to say, this one is a keeper!  It's moist and delicious and perfect for serving with coffee or tea, as a late night snack or breakfast.

The original recipe is from The Gray Boxwood and I am absolutely in love with this recipe.  I added the apple and orange chips to adorn the cake because I wanted to create a more rustic look for the cake.  The chips are super easy to make.  I will leaves videos for both below to make it easier.  I know I am a visual person so having instructional videos is always a plus.  So happy fall baking and enjoy...


  1. 1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
  2. 2 cups sugar
  3. 4 eggs
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  5. 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  6. 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  7. 1 teaspoon salt
  8. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  9. 1 1/2 teaspoons apple pie spice
  10. 3 cups peeled and chopped apples
  11. 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  12. 1 cup pecans and walnuts
  1. 1 cup brown sugar
  2. 1/2 cup butter
  3. 1/4 cup whole milk
  4. 2 tablespoons calvados or apple brandy (optional)
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  6. 1 cup powdered sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Evenly spread pecans on a small baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven until toasted and fragrant, 6-10 minutes. Remove from oven, chop and set aside to cool.
  3. Peel apples, remove the core and chop into 1/4- to 1/2-inch pieces. Pour the lemon juice over the apples to prevent browning and to brighten the flavor.
  4. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the oil, sugar and eggs. Beat until well combined, 2-4 minutes.
  5. Add vanilla, mixing until incorporated.
  6. Add the flours, salt, baking powder and cinnamon. Mix on low speed until the dry ingredients are just incorporated and only a few dry streaks remain.
  7. Fold the prepared apples and cooled pecans into the batter. Set aside 2 tablespoons of nuts to garnish the top if desired.
  8. Spray a ten-inch tube pan (angel food cake pan) with nonstick baking spray. Pour batter into prepared pan and spread to an even layer.
  9. Bake in preheated oven until the cake springs back and an inserted skewer comes out clean with only a few crumbs attached, 75-90 minutes.
  10. Remove from oven, let cool in pan for 1 hour. Turn out onto cake plate and make frosting.
  1. Combine sugar, butter and milk.
  2. Stir to dissolve sugar and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Boil for 2 minutes and remove from heat.
  3. Add powdered sugar, vanilla and brandy (if using). Whisk until smooth and adjust with more milk or sugar to achieve a thin frosting consistency.
  4. Immediately drizzle frosting over the cooled cake. Sprinkle with reserved pecans and walnuts and decorate with apple chips if you wish and enjoy!

This is a really special cake to keep in your back pocket for those special occasions – it is that will definitely become a favorite!



  1. Janet, your cake sounds so delish - and boy and boy did you make it look pretty!
    Talk about lovely foodie pics! Very nice!

  2. Gorgeous to look at and I bet tastes just as great. I would love to serve this to overnight guests with coffee for breakfast.

  3. Oh, my word!!! This is THE cake!!! I love the apple and orange fruit chips touch. They really do lend to a rustic look!

  4. YUM! Pinned! Sounds so amazing!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  5. What a delicious looking cake for fall and Thanksgiving Janet. Thanks for sharing this at C&C with J&J.

  6. This is a beautiful cake and I can't wait to make it! Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story and we hope you will join us again next week.

  7. I need to make this, then I will be happy!

  8. Your cake is a masterpiece! I love it!

  9. That sounds delicious! Pinned.

  10. Oh my Janet, this looks absolutely divine! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  11. Wow Janet, looks and sounds amazing. I'd eat it at anytime of the day and definitely going to make it... yummo!!
    Thank you for sharing it at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I'm delighted to be featuring it at tonight's party and pinning too!
    Hugs - Kerryanne

  12. How beautiful Janet! Love your gorgeous pictures. Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

  13. Hi Janet.
    Just wanted to stop by and let you know that this post was featured in the Create, Bake, Grow & Gather link party Fall Feature magazine at
    I thank you for your contributions to the party.
    Hugs, Kerryanne

  14. I came from your last post to see this cake, don't know how I missed it too ! You take the most gorgeous photography too !
    This looks beautiful and sooo craving !
    Thank you amiga bella for the recipe.


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