Fall Baking Recipes – Glorious Roasted Apple Spice Cake

Looking for a festive dessert to accompany a comforting autumn dinner? This roasted apple spice cake is a winner. Dense, moist, and not-too-sweet, this cake is worth your time. As is always the case with baking, quality of ingredients matters. Choose fresh, organic apples, local honey, and you won’t regret the extra time it takes to make the apple sauce from scratch (though store-bought is fine too).

I was a little more generous with the spices – a pinch or two more of cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg. The combination of the frosting and the spices is what fall baking is all about!


Glorious Roasted Apple Spice Cake

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes

Yield: 1 round layered cake

Serving Size: 8-12

Glorious Roasted Apple Spice Cake


    For the Cake:
  • 3 Medium organic tart apples (such as granny smith). Peeled, cut in half with the core removed
  • 3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg (fresh is best!)
  • 3/4 cup organic, local honey
  • 2 1/4 cup organic applesauce (or homemade!)
  • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 3 large organic, free-range eggs
  • For the frosting:
  • 1 8-oz package organic cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 sticks organic butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 tablespoon real vanilla extract
  • 3 cups powdered sugar, sifted


    For Roasting the Apples:
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place apples on sheet
  3. Roast for 15-20 minutes, until dry looking and tender.
  4. Remove and let cool.
  5. For Cake:
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  7. Combine all dry ingredients, whisk to combine
  8. In another bow, whisk applesauce and honey until combined
  9. In stand mixer, mix butter and brown sugar until fluffy.
  10. Add eggs, 1 at a time, being sure to scrape down sides of bowl often
  11. Add 1/3 of flour mixture to butter mixture, mix to combine
  12. Add 1/2 of apple sauce/honey mixture to butter mixture
  13. Taking turns with flour mixture and apple sauce mixture, gradually add remaining to butter mixture to combine
  14. Chop apples in to 1/2 in pieces, fold in to batter
  15. Divide batter between 2 buttered round cake pans
  16. Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  17. For Frosting:
  18. In a stand mixer, mix cream cheese and butter until fluffy
  19. Add vanilla
  20. Gradually add sifted powdered sugar
  21. Assembling cake:
  22. Remove cake from oven and allow to sit for 10 minutes.
  23. Remove from cake pans and let cool completely on wire rack
  24. Once cool, frost generously, started with the first layer, and adding the second, being sure to chill in the freezer for 10 minutes to set filling in-between layers.
  25. Keep in refrigerator, or serve at room temperature

What is your favorite fall dessert recipe?

Be sure to check out more Fall Recipes here!

By |2014-01-06T06:00:36-04:00November 15th, 2013|Fall Recipes|1 Comment

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One Comment

  1. Heidi January 16, 2015 at 2:12 pm - Reply

    How much butter goes into the cake? It’s not listed in the ingredients.

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