Apple Spiced Cake with apple pie filling

Apple Spiced Cake with apple pie filling

Apple spiced cake with apple pie filling and caramelized walnuts between each layer; on top cream cheese frosting and apple rosettes for garnish. This cake was everything I hoped for, and more!

The cake is soft and nicely spiced, the apple filling is way better than store bought, the walnuts are caramelized with brown sugar (I used my Caramelized Walnuts recipe), which gives a smokey, amazing flavor, and to top it all, a tangy, not-so-sweet cream cheese frosting  

Ingredients you’ll need

  • Eggs, room temperature
  • Granulated sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Apple purée, unsweetened
  • Vegetable oil
  • Cinnamon
  • All spice
  • Vanilla extract
  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Cream cheese, room temperature
  • Unsalted butter, room temperature
  • Powdered sugar, measured then sifted
  • Lemon juice
  • Granny Smith apples
  • Water
  • Nutmeg
  • Cornstarch
  • Caramelized walnuts (Made my own! feel free to use store bought)
Apple Spiced Cake with apple pie filling

What kind of icing goes on Apple Spiced Cake?

This definitely depends on what you like; personally, I obviously favor tangier frostings instead of sweeter ones like buttercream. I love how the flavors compliment each other.

If you don’t feel like using cream cheese, take a look at my Goat Cheese Frosting, which will pair amazingly with this cake and will take it to a whole new level.

How to store Apple spiced Cake

Because of the caramelized walnuts, this Cake is better eaten the day it’s made. Nothing wrong with eating it the next day you make it! only that the caramelized walnuts won’t be as cruchy as when you initially made it.

Because of the cream cheese frosting, this cake needs to be stored in a cool place; if your house stays at 70 degrees or cooler, you can keep it covered on the counter for 2 to 3 days. Otherwise, this cake is better stored covered and refrigerated.

For more fall dessert recipes follow these links:

No-Churn Banana Bourbon Ice Cream

Cinnamon & Bourbon Apple Pie

No-bake Apple Cheesecake Parfait

Mini Chai Cheesecakes

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Apple Spiced Cake with apple pie filling
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Apple Spiced Cake with apple pie filling

Apple spiced cake with apple pie filling and caramelized walnuts between each layer; on top cream cheese frosting and apple rosettes for garnish. This cake was everything I hoped for, and more!
Prep Time1 hour
Cook Time35 minutes
Total Time1 hour 35 minutes
Course: Cakes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple cake from scratch, apple pie filling recipe, apple rosettes, apple spice cake, Apple spiced cake, autumn cake, easy apple spice cake, how to make a cake from scratch, Maria Corcuera, sweet fix baker, thanksgiving cake
Servings: 3 layered 6″ cake
Calories: 1005kcal
Author: Maria


Apple spiced Cake:

  • 4 units eggs room temperature
  • 1 Cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 Cup brown sugar
  • 2 Cups Apple purée unsweetened
  • 1 Cup vegetable oil
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon all spice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Cream cheese frosting:

  • 20 ounces cream cheese room temperature
  • 3 sticks unsalted butter room temperature
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 Cups powdered sugar measured then sifted
  • 1.5 Tablespoons lemon juice

Apple Pie Filling

  • 6 units Granny Smith apples cored, peeled and cut into very small cubes
  • 3 Cups water
  • 1 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3/4 Cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 Cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 Cup cornstarch diluted in 1/4 C water
  • 3 tablespoons Caramelized walnuts


  • Apple Spiced Cake
  • Grease and line three 6 inch baking pans; Pre-heat oven to 350 f
  • Mix eggs, sugar, apple sauce, oil, spices and vanilla extract and whisk until combined
    4 units eggs, 1 Cup granulated sugar, 2 Cups Apple purée, 1 Cup vegetable oil, 3 teaspoons cinnamon, 1 teaspoon all spice, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, 3/4 Cup brown sugar
  • Add flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Stir without over mixing!
    2 Cups all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 2 teaspoons baking soda, 1 teaspoon salt
  • Pour evenly into pans and bake for 35-40 min, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean
  • Let cool completely before filling and frosting
  • Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Beat butter and vanilla on medium speed until light and fluffy (around 2 min)
    3 sticks unsalted butter, 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Add cream cheese and lemon juice and beat until combined (do not over beat)
    20 ounces cream cheese, 1 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • Gradually, incorporate powdered sugar and beat until just combined
    3 Cups powdered sugar
  • Apple Pie Filling
  • Place apples in a pot with water, lemon, sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Cook until apples are soft, stirring constantly (25-30 min)
    1.5 Tablespoons lemon juice, 6 units Granny Smith apples, 3 Cups water, 3/4 Cup granulated sugar, 3/4 Cup packed brown sugar, 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Mix in cornstarch and water mixture and stir until mixture begins to thicken
    1/4 Cup cornstarch diluted in 1/4 C water
  • Remove from heat; it will continue to thicken as it cools. Store refrigerated in an air tight container
  • * Watch
    video below for assembly instructions!
    3 tablespoons Caramelized walnuts


Serving: 1g | Calories: 1005kcal | Carbohydrates: 114g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 59g | Saturated Fat: 26g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 29g | Cholesterol: 170mg | Sodium: 831mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 89g

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