Layered Apple Spice Cake

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This Layered Apple Spice Cake is going to become a favorite easy and beautiful cake to make and share.  It is easily the best apple cake recipe you will ever eat, and it is easy to make.  Three layers of delicious cake with homemade frosting are a perfect way to make a simple, but beautiful cake come to life on your table!

Layered Apple Spice Cake Recipe

I love apples. I love apple desserts. This recipe apple spice cake is perfect at any time of year, but it is great to make in the fall when pumpkin and apples are on everyone’s mind. This cake is easy to make and is great when you want a sweet dessert that doesn’t take much effort.
Need a fall dinner that will complement this cake perfectly? Try Harvest Pork With Apples.

Can I Put Fresh Apples in this Cake?

If you like an apple cake that has apples inside, you can certainly add fresh apples into this cake. I have a Delicious Fresh Apple Cake Recipe that you can use as a reference when adding fresh apples to this cake.

Tips for Icing this Layered Apple Spice Cake

With this recipe, it is extremely easy to frost the cake. Because you are not covering the cake completely, it makes it that much easier. You will be scooping icing onto each layer and smoothing it out. You will be frosting the top of the cake, but then the only frosting you need on the sides it the excess frosting from each layer. This gives the sweetness of the icing on the cake but does not take away from the taste of the apple spice cake recipe.

Up close picture of a layered apple spice cake on cake stand

Ingredients you will need:

(full amounts in recipe box below)

  • unsalted butter
  • sugar
  • brown sugar
  • vegetable oil
  • vanilla
  • eggs
  • flour
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • ground cinnamon
  • allspice
  • apple cider
  • whole milk
  • powdered sugar
  • heavy whipping cream

Equipment Needed

  • 8 in round cake pans (3)
  • Baking spray
  • Electric mixer
  • Mixing bowl
  • Rubber spatula
  • Medium bowl
  • Whisk
  • Cooling racks
  • Cake Leveling tool
  • 1 large piping bag with a large round tip

How to Make a Layered Apple Spice Cake

  • Begin by preparing the cake as directed.  You will want to cook completely, then allow each layer to cool before you begin icing them.
  • While the cake is baking, you can prepare your icing for the cake.  This cinnamon frosting is easy to mix up and can be stored in the refrigerator until ready to assemble the cake.
  • Trim each layer as needed to make a level surface for building your cake.  Place the first layer on a piece of cardboard or cake stand and begin by adding scoops of frosting to your first layer.

Adding frosting to the apple spice cake

  • Frost each layer and gently stack them on top of each other.

A layered apple spice cake with frosting between layers

  • Lightly frost the sides of the cake with the remaining icing.  You do not have to have a complete coating, as this will be a more “rustic” looking cake.
  • Your final steps will be to drizzle caramel syrup over the top and add small piped dollops of icing around the edges to top with sliced apples as desired.An up close picture of an apple spice cake with frosting and caramel drizzle


Up close picture of a layered apple spice cake on cake stand

Layered Apple Spice Cake Recipe

This Apple Spice Cake Recipe is a perfect layer cake! You will love the moist cake and the creamy icing layers that are ideal for serving to guests!
Servings: 18
Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 30 mins


Cake Ingredients

  • 3/4 C unsalted butter room temp
  • 1 C sugar
  • 1/2 C brown sugar light
  • 3 TBSP vegetable oil
  • 1 TBSP vanilla
  • 4 large eggs room temp
  • 2 1/2 C flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 3/4 C apple cider room temp
  • 1/2 C whole milk room temp

Frosting Ingredients

  • 3 C unsalted sweet cream butter softened
  • 6 C powdered sugar
  • 5-7 tbsp. heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 TBSP. cinnamon


Cake Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Prep the round cake pans with baking spray,
  • Add the butter, both sugars, oil, and vanilla to a large mixing bowl on medium high speed. Mixing together for about 4-5 minutes. (Or until light, fluffy and combined.)
  • Add the eggs one at a time. Mix until mostly combined after each addition. Using a rubber spatula scrape down the sides of the bowl to make sure all ingredients are well blended.
  • Add flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and allspice to a bowl. Whisk together to combine.
  • Reduce the mixer speed down to its lowest speed. Slowly add the dry ingredients to batter.
  • Pour in the apple cider and the milk .Mix on low speed until the batter is just combined.
  • Carefully divide batter into the three cake pans making sure they are even.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 22-25 minutes. (Or until a toothpick inserted into the centers comes out clean.)
  • Allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes.
  • Flip the pans one at a time to remove the cake from the pans onto cooling racks. Allow cake layers to come to room temperature.
  • Using a cake leveling tool shave off the top of the top of each cake.

Frosting Directions

  • Using a standing mixer combine the butter, powdered sugar, heavy whipping cream, vanilla, and cinnamon. Mix on medium speed until combined and smooth. Transfer the bottom layer to a cake stand.
  • Frost each layer and gently stack them on top of each other. Lightly frost the sides of the cake. Drizzle caramel sauce on the edge of the top and sides of the cake. Insert the frosting tip into the pastry bag. Scoop the remaining frosting into frosting bag. Make large dollops of frosting on the edges around the cake. Place thinly sliced apple pieces on the frosting dollops.


  • 8 in round cake pans (3
  • Baking spray
  • Electric mixer
  • Mixing bowl
  • Rubber spatula
  • Medium bowl
  • Cooling racks
  • Cake Leveling tool
  • large piping bag with a large round tip


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Collage of apple spice cake displayed on white cake stand

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