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Honeycrisp Apple and Spice Cake

Honeycrisp Apple and Spice Cake

I have been having so much fun decorating cakes lately. And I also have so many friends that have birthdays between September and December. And I always experiment with decoration techniques and brush up on the use of decorations I don’t use frequently on cakes that I make for friends. Its a great way to try something new. And often, I also test new cake recipes on friends. Like this brand new Honeycrisp Apple and Spice Cake.

Honeycrisp Apple and Spice Cake layers with a bowl of buttercream
I baked this cake in 3 6″ cake cake pans and used my Maple Bourbon Buttercream

I have been ON the pumpkin recipes this Fall already, but I don’t want to leave apples in the dust. Apples are amazing in baked goods. One of my favorite recipes I’ve made on Earthly Provisions is my Gluten-Free Bourbon Caramel Apple Crisp.

The flavor and texture of apples lend themselves to a whole host of baked goods. Its not often you find a fruit or veg that is great sautéd, roasted, raw or baked into something. And, the sweet-tart flavor of apples complements the warm spices we all think of when we think of Fall baking.

Honeycrisp Apple and Spice cake decorated with berries, flowers and gold accents
To decorate, I played with painting with luster dust and used some seasonal flowers + berries

This Honeycrisp Apple and Spice Cake is incredibly easy- it uses my one bowl method, as usual because #lazy. It is incredibly moist while still being sturdy enough to build a layer cake. Its also so flavorful from chunks of sweet-tart honeycrisp apple, and a heft dose of cinnamon, ginger and allspice.

Substitution Guide

As usual, I used So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut Milk as the plant milk, but any plant milk will do! I like this plant milk because I can buy it in a shelf-stable package. Then, I can always have it in my pantry!

A slice of cake on a white cake with the full cake in the background
The cake slices beautifully and is SO moist

I also used a variety of spices, but you can swap them all out for pumpkin pie spice or apple pie spice. I just always tailor my spiced to whatever it is I’m baking. But either of those spice blends in any brand will work perfectly.

I baked Honeycrisp Apple an d Spice Cakes into 3 6″ cake layers. This recipe can also be baked as 2 8″ cakes OR as cupcakes. You will need to adjust the bake time just a bit. The cupcakes will probably take the same amount of time as the 6 inch cakes but the 8″ cakes will take at least 30 minutes. Just make sure a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes or cupcakes comes out clean and you’re golden!

Apple cake decorated with berries, flowers and gold accents
I also played with some gold leave on the exterior of the cake. And some fun piping!

You also don’t HAVE to use a honeycrisp apple here. Granny Smith, Pink Lady or Fugi will also work great. Honeycrisps are just my favorite.

This Honeycrisp Apple and Spice Cake is the perfect way to celebrate anything that calls for cake this Autumn. Pair it with my Brown Sugar Buttercream or Maple Bourbon Buttercream!

Honeycrisp Apple and Spice Cake

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 3 6″ Cake Layers

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 Cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp Ginger
  • 1/4 tsp Allspice
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 3/4 C + 2 Tbsp Plant Milk I used So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut Milk
  • 1/3 Cup Canola Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Molasses
  • 1 1/2 tsp Lemon Juice or White Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/2 Medium Honeycrisp Apple, peeled, cored and cut into 1/4 inch cubes this will be about 3/4 cup cubed apple.

Instructions
 

  • Prepare your cake pans with non stick spray and cut parchment circles for the bottom of the pans. This recipe will either make 14 cupcakes, 3 6" cake layers or 2 8" cake layers.
  • Preheat oven to 375* F.
  • In a large bowl, combine sugar, plant milk, molasses, lemon juice, canola oil and vanilla. Whisk well to combine.
  • Fit a sifter over the bowl with the wet ingredients, being careful not to let the bottom of the sifter touch the liquid.
  • Into the sifter, first measure the spices and salt, then the flour and then the baking powder and baking soda.
  • Sift the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and whisk to combine everything.
  • Finally, fold the apples in until they are evenly distributed.
  • Portion batter evenly among your cake pans or cupcake tins.
  • Bake in a 375* F oven for 23-26 minutes for the cupcakes or 6" layers, but a bit longer for the 8" layers.
  • Test for doneness with a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake- it should come out clean.
  • Allow to cool completely before decorating!
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