This apple cake recipe goes perfectly with a cup of coffee for breakfast or makes a great healthy dessert! Get out your chai spice, apples, and applesauce and you’ll have a delicious healthy apple cake ready to eat all week long.
When in doubt about what dessert to serve at your next gathering, apple cake is the answer. It’s so incredibly easy to make, moist, and it’s a crowd-pleaser. It is one of those cakes where you mix everything together and not think much about it.
We kept it simple and sweet (quite literally) with this apple cake recipe. The goal of this cake was to make it sweet enough so people could make it for a dessert, but not too sweet that you couldn’t have it for breakfast.
Here are all of the ingredients for this apple cake.
The key to a good apple cake is to use a variety of apples. We like to use a combination of tart apples like granny smith and a sweet apple-like gala.
However, if you have apples in the refrigerator, use those. Any variety of apples will do, it will just slightly change the flavor of your cake if you use a different apple every time.
Whipping up an apple cake is the perfect opportunity to use those spice mixes that are in your cupboard that you don’t usually use! We use our DIY Chai Spices in this apple cake and it is amazing. Because it is a chai mix, it does have a spicer flavor because of the ginger.
However, if you have a baking spice mix like pumpkin spice in your cupboard, use it! As long as it has a combination of cinnamon, cloves, allspice, ginger, cardamom, or nutmeg you’re golden.
You will know when your apple cake is done if there is no jiggle when you shake the pan! Or if you do the tried and true toothpick trick. Stick a toothpick in the middle of your cake and if the toothpick comes out clean, the cake is done!
Yes, you can freeze apple sponge cake. Let the cake cool completely before cutting it into pieces and then wrapping those pieces in plastic wrap. Place those pieces in the freezer.
You could also freeze the whole pan of cake if you have room in your freezer. Just be sure to let the cake AND the pan cool completely before covering it with plastic wrap and setting it in the freezer.
We do not recommend freezing apple cake with frosting. Make the frosting right before serving after the cake has thawed out.
Apple cake can keep for up to 7 days if you store it in an airtight container in a cool and dry place!
We top this apple cake with a delicious healthier cream cheese frosting! The cream cheese frosting is a delicious mixture of cream cheese, greek yogurt, and maple syrup.
If you aren’t feeling a cream cheese frosting, below are some great alternative toppings for this apple cake recipe. Try whipped cream, nut butter, or melted butter.