Apple Spice Cake

September  1, 2015
5 Ratings
Photo by CakePants
  • Serves 8-10
Author Notes

Grated apple keeps this spice cake moist and sweet down to the very last crumb. I like to use half granny smith apples and half fuji, but feel free to use whatever type(s) of apple you like. —CakePants

What You'll Need
  • Cake
  • 1.5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup grated apple (about 1.5-2 medium apples)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  • Frosting
  • 2 tablespoons dairy-free margarine
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tablespoon soy milk
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour an 8×8 pan, or line with parchment paper.
  2. In a mixing bowl, stir together all the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, spices, salt, and sugar). With your hands, gently squeeze out about half of the liquid from the grated apple (you won’t need the juice for the cake, so go ahead and drink it!). Add the grated apple and the remaining cake ingredients and stir until combined. Transfer the batter into the pan and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  3. For the frosting: combine all of the ingredients and stir until smooth. Spread or pipe the frosting onto the cake once the cake has cooled.

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6 Reviews

Joseenm52 August 4, 2021
I just made this. My neighbor gave me some apples from her tree and they weren’t fully ripe, I grated them squeezed the juice out, added water to get to one cup of liquid. I used white whole wheat flour, and KA sugar substitue. The cake is divine, so moist and fluffy thanks to the vinegar and baking soda. Will make again for sure!!!
grammarcat June 17, 2020
Hi- how dense is this cake, as I notice no baking powder, and no eggs. Also, can I sub a cup of applesauce for the water? I'm not vegan, can I add eggs?
Carla S. January 3, 2020
Carla S. January 3, 2020
This was simple and quick and delicious. I used a small Bundt; no icing. The cake was just so moist and the spices were on point.
Lisa P. January 13, 2017
What size cake pan?
CakePants January 14, 2017
I use an 8x8 square pan, but the surface area of a 9-inch round pan is virtually the same, so that will also work.