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Apple Layer Cake

Apple Spice Cake

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  • Author: Cosette's Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x
  • Category: cakes
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: american


A delicious spiced cake with layers of whipped cream and apples.


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  • 5 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp bourbon or whiskey (optional)
  • zest of 1 naval orange
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 cups flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp fresh grated nutmeg (1 tsp if using powdered)
  • 1 tsp ground anise seed (if you do not like anise flavor, opt out or add cardamom as a replacement)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup canola oil (or any other neutral oil)
  • 1/2 cup whole milk yogurt
  • 1/2 cup fresh apple cider


  • 6 medium sized Rubinette apples, peeled and sliced (can sub your favorite apple)
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Whipped Cream:

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

Homemade Caramel (optional):



  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Prepare (3) 9" inch cake pans by greasing with shortening or butter and then flouring until sides and bottom are coated. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, add your: eggs, sugar, vanilla, bourbon and orange zest.
  4. Mix on medium-high speed for 3-4 minutes until pale in color and fluffy.
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk your dry ingredients then slowly add to your egg mixture on low speed until fully combined.
  6. Finally, add your oil, yogurt and apple cider and mix for another 2-3 minutes on high until fully combined. Be sure to scrape sides of mixing bowl to ensure all ingredients are incorporated.
  7. Pour your batter in prepared 9" cake pans evenly.
  8. Bake in upper 3rd of your oven for 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Once cakes are done, remove from oven and allow to cool on cooling rack. *


  1. Peel and slice your apples into thin slices.
  2. In a heavy bottomed skillet, add your butter and then your apples on medium-heat.
  3. Allow apples to begin to brown and caramelize for 2-3 minutes
  4. Next add your brown sugar and cinnamon and continue to cook until tender and caramelized, about 5 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and let cool.*

Whipped Cream:

  1. Prepare whipped cream before assembling to serve cake.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment, pour your heavy cream and turn on high speed.
  3. Allow whipping cream to come to stiff peaks about 5 minutes, use to assemble cake.

Layer Cake:

  1. On a cake plate or stand begin assembling your cake.
  2. First place one cake layer down.
  3. Top with a spread of whipped cream, then caramel (optional) and finally some cooked apples
  4. Continue with the next 2 layers.
  5. Serve immediately.*


  • Cake can be made ahead of time and frozen until ready to use. Wrap each layer in 2 layers of plastic wrap and freeze flat until ready to use. Can be frozen up to 3 months.
  • Apples can be prepared ahead of time and put in fridge until ready to use for up to 1 week.
  • I choose to keep my whipped cream unsweetened as it gains it's sweetness from the apples and caramel layers, but you can always add 1/4 cup of powdered sugar to sweeten slightly if you choose.
  • I always have Salted Caramel on hand in my fridge, make a batch and leave in fridge. Pop into microwave for a few seconds before using to drizzle.