Apple Pecan Spice Cake with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting

The most tender and moist apple pecan spice cake that you will make. And the brown sugar cream cheese frosting is absolutely delicious! Apple Pecan Spice Cake with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting on a white plate.

We survived our first week of school here. Of course the homework hasn’t started. Ughhhhh. Homework consumes their life dining the school year. And it gets harder and harder each year. I totally had to start googling my sons math homework back when he was in the fifth grade. Am I smarter than a fifth grader? No. 😉

With school starting, I get so excited for fall. And it is right around the corner. The temperatures start to cool down a little and the leaves will soon be changing. Fall is my favorite time of the year! But with fall I love fall baking! I absolutely love apple and pumpkin desserts. I couldn’t make them all year long.

This Apple Pecan Spice Cake though…

Apple Pecan Spice Cake with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting on a white plate with a bite on a fork.

This was easily one of the BEST cakes that I have ever had. Everything about this cake was absolute perfection. The spice cake was so tender and moist and the apples baked inside were amazing! The apple pecan combination brought out such a delicious flavor and texture. BUT lets just talk about the brown sugar cream cheese frosting… you will die. It was the best finishing touch to this perfect cake.

Let this cake be on the top of your list for fall baking. Actually do not wait until it is officially fall. Bake it right now! I think that you will quickly agree that this is one of the best cakes ever.

Apple Pecan Spice Cake with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting areal view on a white plate.

Recipe slightly adapted from Price Chopper

Apple Pecan Spice Cake with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting side view on a white plate.

Apple Pecan Spice Cake with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings 12 Slices

The most tender and moist apple pecan spice cake that you will make.  And the brown sugar cream cheese frosting is absolutely delicious!  

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword apple pecan spice cake, apple pecan spice cake with brown sugar cream cheese frosting, cake recipe, spice cake


  • 4 cups Granny Smith Apples chopped into small pieces
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup pecans roughly chopped

Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 1 package cream cheese frosting 8 ounce, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup golden brown sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease and flour a 9x13 inch baking pan. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine apples and sugar. Stir in oil, eggs, and vanilla.
  3. In another mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Add the flour mixture to the apple mixture. Add milk and stir until just combined. Add chopped pecans.
  4. Pour into prepared 9x13 inch pan. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool completely.
  5. To make the frosting: Beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add butter and continue to beat until smooth scraping down sides when needed. Add vanilla and brown sugar. Beat for 5 minutes until it is light and fluffy and the sugar has dissolved. Spread evenly on top of the cake. Refrigerate after frosting.

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Nutrition Facts

Serves: 12

Calories487kcal (24%)Carbohydrates75g (25%)Protein4g (8%)Fat20g (31%)Saturated Fat11g (55%)Cholesterol38mg (13%)Sodium295mg (12%)Potassium216mg (6%)Fiber3g (12%)Sugar57g (63%)Vitamin A201IU (4%)Vitamin C2mg (2%)Calcium76mg (8%)Iron2mg (11%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. This looks absolutely delicious and am most anxious to make it. Do you peel the apples first before chopping or just leave the skin on?

        1. I did the same thing. Definitely peel the apples of anyone is reading this. The skin doesn’t break down. I also needed to bake for about 50 mins.

        2. Rani, I noticed video for this recipe did show the peelings left on; however, in cakes or pie recipes, apples are usually peeled.

    1. I didn’t peel the apples. The peels didn’t bother me. Extra fiber and less work are bonuses for me. You gotta make up your own mind. For me, I like the texture too.

  2. I think in the ingredients you mean 1 package of cream cheese (not cream cheese frosting). I’m pinning this for a cookout we are going to on Labor Day weekend. Looks delicious!

  3. Where in the store do I find the “package” of cream cheese frosting? The store just has the 16 oz cans. I need to make this tomorrow. It looks so good and I just bought some cinnamon-rum gelato that I’ll serve with it! Yum

  4. I made this yesterday. It is the best apple cake i have ever eaten. My coffee clutch friends raved over it.
    Thanks for sharing

  5. Hi this recipe sounds great. I made some awesome Spicy Apple Butter and wanted to substitute the butter for the apples. Any Idea about that conversion?

  6. Hey tnx for your nice recipe i made it and i loved the texture but i feel its too sweet…i taste it warm Of course…salt taste was clear too…can i reduce sugar and salt?

  7. This cake is amazing! Everyone loved it and I’ve already received requests to make it again. Just be sure to peel the apples and use a block of cream cheese (not cream cheese frosting). The cake was just as good the 2nd day — perhaps even better, because the frosting was really cold and didn’t seem quite as sweet. I will definitely make this recipe again. Thanks!

  8. Used half all purpose and half wholemeal flour for this recipe. I used HALF the amount of sugar and it was plenty sweet enough. Turned out fine and everyone really enjoyed it. For me it was much better served with a dollop of whipped cream and cup of coffee than as a dessert.
    Great recipe for a family gathering as it serves twelve.

  9. I am confused about the recipe for the Brown sugar cream cheese frosting that is used on the Apple Pecan Spice Cake. The ingredients list calls for 8oz. package of cream cheese frosting, is that correct or did you mean 8oz. package of cream cheese?

  10. How could I adapt bake time to make this in a jelly roll pan? I envision a result something like Texas sheet cake. I’d like to make ONE large cake rather than 2 9×13-inch pans.

    1. This cake can be made into two round pans. Splitting in half is going to create pretty thin layers of a cake that is on the delicate side. If you try it, I’d suggest using dental floss to pull through the cake layers horizontally for an easy cut.

      1. Can you substitute the vehetable oil with coconut oil or applesauce? If so, how much? And instead of sugar, can you do honey? Or maple syrup?

  11. I made this cake in two 9″ round pans. Used HALF the amount of sugar in the cake, and used sweet apples. The icing is sooo delicious and sweet enough that if the cake had been any sweeter, it may have been too sweet for me & my family. Wonderful recipe!!

  12. I’m going to use box spice cake I can probably taste batter & adjust. We really like spices
    I’m in my eighties & just don’t go all that anymore

  13. I believe it’s just a package of cream cheese; not cream cheese frosting!!
    The frosting turned out great! No brown sugar grit as some have posted!

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