Apple Spice Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze

March 21st, 2011

The advantages of planning ahead pay off in big ways.  Earlier in the month when I was planning the pool party that will not happen this year, I made this apple spice cake just like the one served at Spice Kitchen + Bar.  I stuck it in the freezer and forgot about it.  Now with my family coming to visit, I have instant dessert at the ready.  I’ve got to remember to do things like this more often.

The recipe was in an old issue of Bon Appetit Magazine.  My Mother used to make an apple cake that we all loved and this reminded me of her cake.  It is loaded with spices and will go well with scoops of vanilla ice cream.  A bundt cake is good when serving a crowd of people because it is so easy to slice and looks pretty sitting on a cake stand.

I snuck a piece with a glass of milk last night, just to be sure that it was worth blogging about.  It was. The things I do for all of you are unbelievable. If you need the best butter, you can have a peek here and get the best quality butter.


Nonstick vegetable oil spray
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1 3/4 pounds Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, coarsely grated

1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

1/2 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
1/4 cup whipping cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt

For Cake:  Postion rack in center of oven and preheat to 325 degrees F.  Spray 12-cup Bundt pan with nonstick spray.  Sift flour and next 6 ingredients into medium bowl.  Drain grated apples in strainer.  Using hands or kitchen towel, squeeze out excess liquid from apples.  Measure 2 cups grated apples.

Using electric mixer, beat butter, both sugars, and lemon peel in large bowl until fluffy.  Beat in eggs, 1 at a time.  Mix in vanilla and lemon juice.  Beat in flour mixture.  Mix in grated apples.  Transfer batter to prepared pan.

Bake cake until tester inserted near center comes out clean, about 1 hour.  Cool in pan on rack 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare glaze:  Stir all ingredients in small nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves and mixture comes to boil. Reduce heat to medium; whisk until glaze is smooth, about 1 minute.  Remove from heat.

Invert cake onto rack set over baking sheet.  Using small skewer, pierce holes all ove top of warm cake.  Pour glaze over top, allowing it to be absorbed before adding more.  Cool cake 30 minutes.  Serve warm or at room temperature.

10 responses to “Apple Spice Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze”

  1. It is 8:30 AM here and I want a slice of that for breakfast!

  2. Pondside says:

    We all appreciate what you do as research for these posts! I’ll be a research assistant any time!

  3. Donnie says:

    I can almost smell that baking in the oven. Delicious.

  4. Rita says:

    I must say you are a good blogger! this recipe is a keeper. I always try and have goodies in my freezer; so handy when my family comes to visit and I have many other things to prepare. Love apple cake and this one sounds like a keeper. Before internet, I used to read my Bon Appétit from cover to cover. I kept a few and go back from time to time.

  5. Kate says:

    Thank you, Penny for making the sacrifice and sampling! It looks so delicious!

  6. Rosabela says:

    Oh, this sounds delightful! I’m bookmarking this page to make in the near future. Thanks for sharing this recipe, Penny!

  7. I LOVE this recipe! I’ve been on a bundt cake kick, as of late. I love apple spice, and I am so bookmarking this recipe. I think this would be delicious either for breakfast, or as a dessert.

  8. The ingredient list for your apple cake looks comforting and delicious!!!

  9. Lyla says:

    You are our sainted Penny to sacrifice time and energy to test the delicious cake for us. It’s definitely something I’m going to think about serving for our son’s birthday out here in AZ. Looks delicious. Have a great time with your family this weekend. See if you can evoke childhood memories you can relate to me, ok?

  10. Bella says:

    I could go for a slice of that right now. It looks delicious. 🙂 I am a big apple lover, too. Stop by for a visit if you get a chance; I am moving my blog.

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