Chipotle Apple Pecan Cake

This moist cake takes an old family favorite and amps it up with ground chipotle in both the cake and caramel glaze topping.

Chipotle Apple Pecan Cake
Prep Time:
40 mins
Bake Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 3 cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper

  • ¾ teaspoon ground ginger

  • ½ teaspoon ground white pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1 ½ cup cooking oil

  • 1 ¾ cup sugar

  • 3 eggs

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla

  • 3 large (1-1/4 pound) sweet-tart apples peeled, cored, and diced (3 cups)

  • 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted

  • Spicy Caramel Glaze (see below)

Spicy Caramel Glaze

  • ½ cup packed brown sugar

  • ¼ cup butter

  • ¼ cup whipping cream

  • ½ teaspoon ground chipotle pepper

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly coat 10-inch fluted tube pan with cooking spray; lightly sprinkle with flour. Set aside. In a bowl combine the 3 cups flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, chipotle, ginger, white pepper, salt, and cloves; set aside.

  2. In a mixing bowl beat oil and sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until combined. Add eggs, one at a time; beat well after each addition. Beat in vanilla and as much flour mixture as you can. Stir in remaining flour mixture, apples, and pecans. Spoon batter into pan.

  3. Bake 1-1/4 hours, until wooden toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Meanwhile, prepare Spicy Caramel Glaze. Cool cake in pan 10 minutes; invert on rack. Place rack over baking sheet. Drizzle warm cake with Spicy Caramel Glaze, respooning glaze that drips on baking sheet over cake. Cool completely before serving. Makes 16 servings.

Spicy Caramel Glaze

  1. In a saucepan combine brown sugar, butter, whipping cream, and ground chipotle pepper. Bring to boiling, stirring occasionally. Boil gently 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla. Let stand 1-1/4 hours until slightly thickened. Drizzle over warm cake.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

490 Calories
31g Fat
50g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 490
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 31g 40%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 53mg 18%
Sodium 165mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 50g 18%
Total Sugars 32g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 1.8mg 9%
Calcium 30.3mg 2%
Iron 1.6mg 9%
Potassium 131mg 3%
Folate, total 40.3mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.