An easy and delicious cake with a creamy frosting. Great for apple-spice lovers!

Linda

Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
cook:
45 mins
total:
1 hr 10 mins
Servings:
9
Yield:
1 - 9 inch square pan
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Ingredients

9
Original recipe yields 9 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9 inch square pan. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside.

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  • In a large bowl, cream together the shortening, brown sugar and white sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the milk, mixing just until incorporated. Stir in the chopped apples.

  • Spread batter evenly in prepared pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool.

  • To make the frosting: In a medium bowl, combine 1/4 cup shortening, confectioners' sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Beat until light and creamy. Beat in the milk, one tablespoon at a time, until desired spreading consistency is achieved. Spread over top of cooled cake.

Nutrition Facts

468 calories; protein 4.6g; carbohydrates 70.8g; fat 19.4g; cholesterol 44.4mg; sodium 273.2mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
07/25/2007
Really nice recipe! I added extra apples like some reviewers before me. I also added chopped almonds and almond extract which I HIGHLY reccomend! Very tasty! My only complaint was that once I got the icing on there, the combination was a little too sweet for me. I think I would cut back on the sugar in the cake it's self, as the icing was really yummy. I will deffinetly make this again. Thanks for sharing this recipe! :) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
12/11/2011
Well....I don't see what the big "tado" is about this cake! I've had numerous apple cakes that would put this one to shame. The nutmeg was way TOO much...and honestly I thought the cake was quite bland. I tasted it before I made the frosting and decided not to waste the ingredients. Sorry! Read More
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79 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 60
  • 4 star values: 15
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
07/25/2007
Really nice recipe! I added extra apples like some reviewers before me. I also added chopped almonds and almond extract which I HIGHLY reccomend! Very tasty! My only complaint was that once I got the icing on there, the combination was a little too sweet for me. I think I would cut back on the sugar in the cake it's self, as the icing was really yummy. I will deffinetly make this again. Thanks for sharing this recipe! :) Read More
(47)
Rating: 5 stars
11/09/2011
Great cake great frosting. The cake is moist without being soggy or oil-saturated. Pleasantly autumn spiced with nice chunks of sweet apple (I used apples from our tree and I haven't a clue what they are - all I know is that they are sweet and hold their shape). The frosting was gorgeous. I generally have no problem using shortening in frostings particularly if I need it to be pure white but in this case I felt this frosting begged for butter. Since there was already a fair amount of nutmeg in the cake I used apple pie spice instead of nutmeg in the frosting as I'm not a fan of too much nutmeg. I beat the frosting a good long time which made it luxuriously fluffy and smooth. Once frosted I sprinkled it all over with freshly ground cinnamon/sugar. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/18/2007
This is fabulous. I made it as directed except I used slightly more than 2 cups of apples I added some ground cloves too and I did not make the frosting. I don't think the cake needs it and it would probably be too sweet for us. Instead I made a cinnamon sugar mixture and sprinkled it on the cake before baking--it made a great crispy topping. The cake itself has a very light texture. Great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2002
This is a cake that will impress! Lovely taste with an amazing topping. Keeps well in the fridge. For non spice lovers try omitting the use of nutmeg and using real vanilla in the frosting (insted of cinnamon and nutmeg). Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/08/2009
Loved this cake (and don't omit the frosting!). I mistakenly peeled too many apples so I actually had 4 cups of chopped fruit. I baked in the 9x9 inch pan but the additional fruit required me to bake this almost 60 minutes before the toothpick came out clean. Next time I'll still double the fruit but I'll bake in a 9 x 13 pan. DELISH! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/14/2007
This was really dense and moist and so tasty. I used 3 big apples in the cake and used fresh grated nutmeg and it tasted really spicy. For the icing I just used a nutmeg/cinnamon/powdered sugar and milk mixture instead of the thicker frosting and it tasted really good anyways. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/08/2008
Needed a quick dessert for some friends who decided to bring a pot luck dinner at the last minute. Quick easy and delicious! Not a crumb left. Made exactly as written using butter as the shortening and just a pinch of nutmeg since I don't care for it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/19/2007
One word: YUMMY! I didn't make the icing this first time and I don't think it even needs it! (I bet it's delicious with it too though). Will definitely be making this again. Oh and I added chopped walnuts to it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/28/2006
This is a wonderful recipe. The cake is moist and delicious. The cinnamon frosting is the perfect topper. Everyone LOVED it! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
12/11/2011
Well....I don't see what the big "tado" is about this cake! I've had numerous apple cakes that would put this one to shame. The nutmeg was way TOO much...and honestly I thought the cake was quite bland. I tasted it before I made the frosting and decided not to waste the ingredients. Sorry! Read More
(6)
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