Apple Spice Cake

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.


  • For the cake:
  • 2 peeled and chopped apples (¼-inch pieces) (about 2 ½ cups)
  • 1¼ cups plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  • For the caramel topping (optional):
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons butter (½ stick)
  • ¼ cup heavy cream

From Your Pantry

cooking spray


Brava square pan

mixing bowls

stand mixer (optional)

wire cooling rack

Nutrition Information

Allergens: Tree nuts, Milk, Eggs, Wheat (Gluten)


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  • Thanksgiving
  • Baked Goods
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  1. 1

    Prep apples and pears

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

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    Pour batter into pan

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

  4. 4

    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.

  5. 5

    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.

  6. 6

    Finish and serve.

    • Slice cake, garnish with caramel sauce and serve.