Monday Bites ~ Autumn Apple Spice Cake





This cake started with a conversation, it went something like this….


I miss fall. (me)

It is fall… (him)

No, I mean real fall. With apples and pumpkin patches and a cold breeze promising snow. (me)

And crunchy leaves and the sound of the wind in the trees…. yeah me too. (him)

And apples. (me)

Yeah, Apples. (him)


He’s a new englander, that boy I married. And no matter where we call home; a little piece of him will always be sitting in an apple orchard listening to the sounds of fall and eating a fresh crisp apple with a flavor you’ll never find in a grocery store. It’s in his bones…. a little piece of his soul.

And so inspired by this recipe, I came up with an apple cake just for him. Some spice, some brown sugar, a bit of whole wheat pastry flour and a whole lot of apple flavor. Topped off with salted caramel whipped cream, it is delicious. Amazing. Really.

Luckily he’s a good sharer.



Autumn Apple Spice Cake

with salted caramel whipped cream


1/2 cup butter, softened

3/4 cup dark brown sugar (tightly packed)

2 eggs

1 TBSP vanilla

1 cup unsweetened applesauce


3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour

1 cup unbleached white flour

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp ginger

1/2 tsp cardamom

generous dash of ground cloves & nutmeg


1 large crisp not to sweet apple cored & chopped, skins left on


*Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

*Butter a 9-10 inch square or rectangle pan and set aside.

*Beat butter & sugar together. Add eggs & vanilla, mix well. Add applesauce & mix well again. Set aside.

*Mix dry ingredients together. When measuring flours, be sure to scoop with a spoon into your measuring cup & level off with a knife to avoid overpacking the cup and ending up with a dry cake.

*Add flour mixture to wed ingredients and stir until thoroughly combined. Stir apples in. 

*Pour into buttered pan and bake at 350 until golden and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. About 35 minutes or so. Cool for about an hour before slicing.

If you don’t care for ginger or cardamom, just substitute more cinnamon.

There are six of us, I make a double batch of this. 

For the salted caramel whipped cream add caramel sauce to whipped cream until it’s as sweet as you like. I used my own homemade caramel, which I had to warm to soften a bit before adding to the whipped cream. Be sure to whip the cream before adding the caramel, otherwise it might not whip up properly. Then add a pinch or two of sea salt. Mix well and serve on top of apple cake.

Happy Autumn~~


14 thoughts on “Monday Bites ~ Autumn Apple Spice Cake

  1. ooooohhhmygoodnesss!!!! Yes, i will for sure be trying this one!!! Im sitting here at work eating subway. I thought i was full.. but now im craving this. Thanks alot lady lol.


  2. Yummmmm…. caramel sauce is the best. Yeah, it has sugar…. but sometimes a little sugar is so good. My recipe is sugar, water, cream, butter & vanilla. If you don't find something like that, let me know & I'll post mine to share πŸ™‚


  3. I'm tempted to swap the brown sugar for honey and use all whole wheat pastry flour to see if how it tastes as a snack cake. But this is delicious as a not so bad for you treat. Especially with the whipped cream. Yum.


  4. Well this looks like a little piece of heaven. YUM!! Fall is such a lovely time. I’m happy to see you are enjoying it.
    And THANK YOU, Stephinie, for sharing the link to “Thirty Days of Giving Thanks” and for joining us on this November challenge. I’m excited!!! xo


  5. It's fantastic. I do hope you make it. I'm happy to share your lovely idea of a whole month of thankfulness too πŸ™‚ It's a perfect way to head into the holiday season… taking a moment each day to be grateful. Here's to a month of gratitude!


  6. Please post your caramel recipe! I’ve been looking for one, but have only found ones calling for corn syrup and I don’t want to use that.


  7. Oh I understand his sentiments exactly being a displaced New Englander…this cake looks lovely! Have you tried her Mom’s Apple Cake? I’ve made it 3x now, and it’s tasty.


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