Cinnamon Apple Spice Cake with Apple Topper

A buttery mixture of apples and sugar is sandwiched between two scrumptious layers of cinnamon-spiced cake.

Cinnamon Apple Spice Cake
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
25 mins
Bake Time:
40 mins
Cool Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 1 ½ cup buttermilk

  • ¾ cup canola oil

  • ½ cup water

  • 2 cup packed brown sugar

  • 2 eggs

  • 2 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 2 teaspoon vanilla

  • 2 ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 Gala apples, cored and cut in 1/2-inch chunks

  • 1 Recipe Fruit Topper, recipe below

Fruit Topper

  • 2 tablespoon unsalted butter

  • 4 small apples or firm pears, cored and cut in slices and/or wedges;

  • ¼ cup granulated sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two 8x8x2-inch baking pans with parchment paper. Grease and flour the pans; set aside.

  2. In mixing bowl whisk buttermilk, oil, brown sugar, eggs, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and vanilla until combined. Whisk in flour; stir in apple. Divide evenly between prepared pans.

  3. Bake 40 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire rack 10 minutes. Invert cake layers from pans onto racks; remove parchment paper. Cool completely on racks.

  4. Prepare Fruit Topper. Place one cake layer, flat side up, on serving platter. Spoon on about two-thirds of topper. Top with second cake layer and remaining mixture. Serve immediately. Makes 10 servings.

Fruit Topper

  1. In skillet melt butter over medium heat. Add apples or pears; add granulated sugar. Cook, stirring occasionally, just until fruit begins to soften, about 8 minutes. Remove from heat.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

532 Calories
20g Fat
84g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 532
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 50mg 17%
Sodium 319mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 84g 31%
Total Sugars 57g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 3.5mg 18%
Calcium 171.6mg 13%
Iron 2.2mg 12%
Potassium 234mg 5%
Folate, total 68.5mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg
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.

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