All that’s left to share from last weekend is this incredible apple butter cake!

Apple cake frosting

I love to bake, but ever since I started paying attention to eating mostly healthy foods I’ve tried to put aside that urge to make a batch of cookies every week. I have a huge folder full of bookmarked recipes for when I need a “fancy” dessert, if only I had enough occasions to make them all!

This is a cake that I heavily modified from another recipe. It’s so far changed from that “inspiration cake” though that I feel totally cool with posting it as my own recipe.

Apple cake edge

Apple butter cake

A damp and delicious cake with the warm winter flavors of cinnamon and rich apple butter.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 1 9-inch cake layer


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup apple butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 small eggs
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 tsp. ground clove
  • 1/4 tsp. ground ginger

Cooking Directions

  1. In a stand mixer, mix together oil and brown sugar followed by the vanilla, apple butter, and eggs one at a time.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together dry ingredients and spices and slowly add to the wet mixture in three installments, allowing the dry to fully incorporate with the wet each time.
  3. Slowly drizzle in almond milk while the mixer is at it's lowest speed until it is fully combined.
  4. Pour batter into a non-stick tart pan or regular 9-inch cake pan sprayed with a non-stick spray.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  6. Allow to cool completely before frosting.

Apple cake ridges

I love how damp the texture of this cake is. It reminds me of a really good banana bread. The frosting is a sweet contrast to the subtle cake flavor but it isn’t too crazy sweet either. The flavor of the cider is barely noticeable in it, it just adds a kind of fresh fruity crispness.

Side of apple cake

Cinnamon cider buttercream

Sweet buttercream with a hint of fresh fall apple and warming cinnamon.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 3/4 stick unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup apple cider
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • up to 4 cups powdered sugar

Cooking Directions

  1. Beat room-temperature butter in a stand mixer until light and fluffy.
  2. Add in a cup of the sugar and all the other ingredients and beat until combined.
  3. Keep adding sugar a bit at a time and mixing until the desired thickness is achieved.
  4. Spread over a completely cooled cake.

Slice of apple cake

I ended up pawning the rest of the cake off on my mom and brother-in-law. If it had sat in my house any longer I would have undoubtedly eaten it all myself. I love sweets.

Speaking of sweets, today I’m baking up a carrot cake to take to Christmas Eve dinner with Jeff’s family. I’m adding some special signature touches to it, so I’ll be sure to share the recipe with you after the holidays. Hope yours are wonderful!