Apple Pie Cake Recipe From Scratch

Apple Pie Cake

This apple pie cake recipe from scratch is packed with cinnamon, apple pie filling and frosting. It’s soft, moist and perfect for Fall and Thanksgiving.

For me, Fall is more about ENJOYING apple desserts than pumpkin desserts and thus, this apple pie cake was created! hehe.

It’s layered with classic American buttercream frosting and my homemade apple pie filling.

Some folks in my family prefer this apple pie cake with cream cheese frosting.

So, use whichever frosting works for YOUR taste buds! 🙂

For decoration, I kept things simple and RUSTIC and used white chocolate shreds and cinnamon sticks.

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When I first started EXPERIMENTING with this cake, I actually made a basic vanilla cake.

But, the flavors of the buttercream and apple pie filling were NOT complimenting the cake, as well as I expected.

Then, I tried a spiced cake but that was not successful either…

The flavors of all the spices like nutmeg, ginger and cloves in the cake were OVERPOWERING the apple flavor.

After getting frustrated, I called up my Mom and she said to bake a simple cinnamon cake and that worked PERFECTLY!

Even though it took a few attempts to get this apple pie cake from scratch just right, I am so HAPPY with the final result!

This would be PERFECT to serve at your Fall and Thanksgiving parties.

Apple Pie Cake Recipe From Scratch 2Here are some TIPS for making the perfect apple pie cake:

  • Layer cakes are usually time consuming. So, I suggest that you DON’T make this apple pie layer cake in just one day. Divide the tasks over a few days to simplify the process. Make frosting on day one. Make apple pie filling on day two. Bake the cakes on day three. Assemble everything on day four. This should prevent the process of making a layer cake less over-whelming.
  • For an EASY version, you can make an easy apple pie cake with cake mix. Start off by making the cake, using a yellow cake mix box but remember to add 1 tbsp ground cinnamon. Also, use store bought frosting and apple pie filling. This cake will obviously be easier to make but it will not taste the same as my cake.  However, I thought I would leave this option here. It might be helpful to some of you who want to make an epic apple pie cake but don’t have the time to do so. Also, there’s NO shame in using a cake mix box! 🙂
  • Once your baked cakes have cooled down, cover them in saran wrap and FREEZE overnight. This makes trimming the tops and edges easier with barely any crumbs.
  • My cake recipe will yield 3 round (8×2) cakes but I just used 2 of them to make this spiced apple pie cake. You can make a TALLER layer cake with all three cakes, if you like.
  • Use FRESH ground cinnamon in this cake. It gives the cake such a strong fragrance and flavor.

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If you are fond of apple desserts, check out MORE of these apple dessert recipes:

Old fashioned applesauce cake

Chocolate caramel apples

Easy caramel apple coconut pie

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Apple Pie Cake
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This apple pie cake recipe from scratch is packed with cinnamon, apple pie filling and frosting. It's soft, moist and perfect for Fall and Thanksgiving.
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Add the egg whites, vanilla extract and mix (I usually beat for 1 minute).
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and ground cinnamon.
  4. Beat the dry mixture into the wet mixture, alternating with milk, until just combined. The batter will be thick but DO NOT OVER-MIX!
  5. Pour the batter into three round greased/floured cake pans (Dimension: 8x2).
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes on until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. The tops will be brown.
  7. Allow the cakes to cool down completely.
Assembling
  1. Trim the brown top and edges of one cake and place it on a cake stand.
  2. Use a spatula to frost the top of this cake with buttercream and gently, spread some apple pie filling on top of the frosting.
  3. Trim the brown top and edges of another cake and place it on top of the apple pie filling.
  4. Use a spatula to frost the top of this cake with buttercream and gently, spread some apple pie filling on top of the frosting.
  5. Decorate the top of the cake with a few cinnamon sticks.
  6. Toss some white chocolate shreds around the cake and on top of the cake.
  7. And you are done!
Notes
- Read my tips above.
- This cake recipe will yield 3 round (8x2) cakes but I just used 2 of them to make this apple pie cake and froze the third one for later. You can make a taller layer cake with all 3 cakes, if you like.
- It's best to freeze the cakes overnight. This makes it easier to trim the top and edges with barely any crumbs.
- Keep this cake and all leftovers refrigerated.
- Cake is good and fresh for 5 days.

Well, that’s all for today.

Until next time, tata my lovelies!

1 Comment

  1. Miranda

    November 8, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    Wow, this cake is so gorgeous! Apple pie + cake sounds like perfection!

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