Looking for an apple spice cake recipe? This is the perfect moist apple cake with brown sugar frosting. Easy to make, this fresh apple cake is like no other.
Easy Orange Apple Spice Cake Recipe
I love apple desserts in the fall. Well, actually I like it all year round. When making this Orange Apple Spice Cake recipe, you are starting with a cake mix and adding fresh apples. The cake mix makes this easy to make and the fresh apples give this cake a fabulous taste. The apples and the orange makes a fantastic combination.
This apple cake is perfect for enjoying during the fall, making for a bake sale, a picnic and pot luck or just because you are craving the taste of apples, oranges, and spice. Make this cake ahead or make it when the craving hits. Perfect all year round, this cake is perfect for dessert or enjoying with a nice cup of coffee.
What are the best apples for a fresh apple cake?
When making this fresh apple cake you want to use apples that are good for baking. My favorite apples for baking are granny smith or gala apples. Granny Smith Apple give the fresh apple cake a tart apple flavor and gala apples are sweet.
What if I can’t find an orange cake mix?
When making this cake, you are using half a box of spice cake and a half a box of orange cake. If you have trouble finding the orange cake mix, you can use the whole spice cake and cut the buttermilk measurement in half. For the other portion of buttermilk, replace it with orange juice. Another option is to use the whole box of spice and add orange extract to the batter. You can play with the amount of orange you like in this.
How to Store Moist Apple Cake
When you make this moist apple cake, you will want to make sure the cake is covered. When the cake is exposed to the air, it will go stale faster. The moist apple cake can be set on the counter or stored in the refrigerator. If you live in a warm climate, the cake will do best in the refrigerator. When you are ready to serve the cake, take it out of the refrigerator about an hour before serving.
How Long Does Fresh Apple Cake Last
When you store the cake at room temperature, the cake will last about 3 days. If the cake is stored in the refrigerator, it will last about 5 days. You can move the cake to the freezer to make it last up to 3 months. When freezing the cake, I like to slice the cake into individual slices. This lets me take a slice of cake out at a time and not have to worry about the rest of the cake spoiling before it gets eaten. Be sure to wrap the cake in plastic wrap and then place it in a freezer bag. This keeps the cake from getting freezer burned.
If you want to keep the frosting from sticking to the plastic, you can freeze the cake on a baking sheet or plate. Once the cake and frosting has frozen, you can move it to the plastic wrap and freezer bag. When thawing the cake out, remove the plastic wrap first so the frosting does not stick to it.
Ingredients for orange apple spice cake
- spice cake mix plus
- orange cake mix
- vegetable oil
- vanilla extract
- mixed nuts
- all-purpose flour
- whole milk
- pure vanilla extract
- unsalted butter
- brown sugar
How to make brown sugar frosting
Step 1. In a small saucepan add your milk over medium heat.
Step 2. Add the flour into milk, stirring constantly, until it thickens.
Step 3. Remove from heat and let it cool to room temperature.
Step 4. Stir in vanilla.
Step 5. Allow the mixture to cool.
Step 6. In a separate cream the butter, sugar, and salt together until light and fluffy on medium high, about 3 minutes.
Step 7. Add the milk mixture to the butter mixture.
Step 8. Using a hand mixer beat the mixture for about 5 minutes on medium-high to high until it looks like whipped cream.
How to make a moist apple cake with orange spice
Step 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Step 2. Grease and flour a baking dish.
Step 3. In the mixing bowl of a stand mixer, add the cake mixes, spices, oil, eggs, vanilla, and buttermilk.
Step 4. Start the mixer on low speed, increasing to medium speed,
Step 5. Mix for five minutes.
Step 6. Fold in the diced apples and pour into the prepared cake pan.
Step 7. Pour the batter into your baking dish.
Step 8. Bake 35 to 40 minutes.
Step 9. Insert a toothpick in the center of the cake if it comes out clean it is fully baked.
Step 10. Place the cake to the side to cool.
Step 11. Prepare the frosting as directed.
Step 12. Spread the frosting on the top of the cake evenly.
Step 13. Garnish with mixed nuts
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- 1/2 box spice cake mix plus
- 1/2 box orange cake mix
- 1/4 teaspoon allspice
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 4 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cup buttermilk
- 2 cups diced peeled apple
- Chopped mixed nuts
Brown sugar frosting Ingredients:
- 7 tbsp. all-purpose flour
- 1 1/4 cups whole milk
- 1 1/2 tbsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups un-salted butter at cool room temp
- 1 1/2 cups brown sugar packed
- 1 tsp. of salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Grease and flour a baking dish.
In the mixing bowl of a stand mixer, add the cake mixes, spices, oil, eggs, vanilla and buttermilk.
Start the mixer on low speed, increasing to medium speed,
Mix for five minutes.
Fold in the diced apples and pour into the prepared cake pan.
Pour the batter into your baking dish.
Bake 35 to 40 minutes.
Insert a toothpick in the center of the cake if it comes out clean it is fully baked.
Place the cake to the side to cool.
Prepare the frosting as directed.
Spread the frosting on the top of the cake evenly.
Garnish with mixed nuts
Brown sugar frosting Directions:
In a small saucepan add your milk over medium heat.
Add the flour into milk, stirring constantly, until it thickens.
Remove from heat and let it cool to room temperature.
Stir in vanilla.
Allow the mixture to cool.
In a separate cream the butter, sugar, and salt together until light and fluffy on medium high, about 3 minutes.
Add the milk mixture to the butter mixture.
Using a hand mixer beat the mixture for about 5 minutes on medium-high to high until it looks like whipped cream.
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