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Apple Spice Cake

by Brava Chef Erin


Servings About 9 slices
Active Time:
~10 min
Total Time:
~50 min

About this Recipe

This apple spice cake tastes just like apple pie, but it’s way easier (and quicker) to make! This dish can be served as a festive dessert or with coffee for breakfast. The cake is great served on its own or topped with caramel sauce (recipe below). And if you’re planning to serve it as a holiday dessert, get some vanilla ice cream and serve it à la mode—just for good measure. I prefer using Gala apples in this recipe, but feel free to use any varietal you like.


Prep apples and pears

  • In medium bowl, stir together diced apples, 2 tablespoons of sugar and lemon juice. Set aside.


Make cake batter

  • In medium bowl, stir together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, kosher salt, nutmeg and allspice; set aside.
  • In a bowl with stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, beat together vegetable oil and remaining sugar at medium speed until mixture is light in color, about 5 minutes. Stop mixer and scrape down bowl and beater.
  • Add eggs one at a time and beat until combined, then beat in milk and vanilla.
  • Slowly add in flour mixture until combined.
  • Add apples and walnuts, mix until combined.


Pour batter into pan

  • Lightly butter or spray Brava square pan.
  • Add batter to square pan.


Bake cake

  • Press green button to begin preheating.
  • When Brava is preheated, slide square pan into top shelf. Press green button again to begin baking.
  • When your food is done, transfer pan to wire rack and let cool completely before serving.


Make caramel (optional)

  • While cake is cooling, make the caramel sauce.
  • In saucepan over medium heat, dissolve sugar and two tablespoons of water.
  • Add butter and bring to boil. Slowly boil over medium heat until mixture is caramel colored, whisking occasionally.
  • Remove from heat and immediately but slowly add heavy cream, whisking constantly.
  • Stir in a pinch of salt.


Finish and serve.

  • Slice cake, garnish with caramel sauce and serve.