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Apple Spice Cake with Pumpkin Frosting

Sometimes your kids have great ideas, without you even realizing. That’s basically the story behind this Apple Spice Cake with Pumpkin Frosting. Long story short: Kid came up with the idea; described it to me; I told him it didn’t sound like it would work; he wanted to make it anyway… it turned out great.

apple spice cake

Truthfully, the original inspiration for this cake came when we were watching the infamous Sandra Lee Kwanzaa cake video. While he was watching the video (and laughing), Kid said, “You know, there’s actually a good idea behind that cake.” He described what he wanted to make as “kind of a cake with apple pie filling, and a pumpkin frosting.” I told him that it wouldn’t work; the cake would be too mushy-sweet. He insisted. So we made it anyway. The result – Yippee! A light and sweet cake that just about anyone could love (even Sandra Lee).

apple spice cake

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Apple Spice Cake with Pumpkin Frosting
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 12 servings
A light and sweet apple cake with a pumpkin-flavored frosting
  • 1 vanilla cake mix, batter prepared as on box
  • 5 apples, preferably of different varieties (We used Honeycrisp, Granny Smith, Red Delicious, Yellow Delicious, and Fuji), peeled, cored, and sliced
  • 2 T sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. flour
  • For the frosting:
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 2½ cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup pureed pumpkin
  1. Prepare the vanilla cake batter according to package directions. In a separate bowl, combine the apples, sugar, cinnamon, and flour. Gently stir the apples in with the cake batter. Pour the batter into a greased 13x9" glass pan. Bake according to package directions (typically 350 degrees for 35 minutes). Remove from oven and cool.
  2. Prepare the frosting: Cream the butter, add sugar and pumpkin and beat until smooth. Spread evenly over cooled cake. Cut into squares and serve.


To make this cake, we used five different kinds of apples (Granny Smith, Red Delicious, Yellow Delicious, Honey Crisp, and Fuji). We also used a canned pumpkin puree for the frosting but you could certainly use “real” roasted mashed pumpkin or squash.

apple pumpkin cake


So anyway, he went ahead and made the cake and entered it in Melissa’s Produce’s annual holiday dessert recipe contest. The “icing on the cake,” so to speak, was that the cake won a prize. Talk about a sweet ending!

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2 Responses to Apple Spice Cake with Pumpkin Frosting

  1. Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious December 22, 2017 at 3:26 pm #

    That is my favorite cake of the whole year! It has a light crumb, and silky frosting. FANTASTIC!

    • Jeanne December 28, 2017 at 4:58 pm #

      Thank you so much! I will let him know!!!

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