This vintage, super moist spice cake is loaded with mini apple bits and features a wonderful, tempting salted caramel glaze on top, just in time for fall season! So easy to make! It's simply perfect for snacking when you have a sweet tooth attack or just craving a good ole apple spice snack cake to bring you back to your childhood days!
There's nothing like a homemade spice cake filled with apples to get into the fall and holiday spirit.
You can whip this cake up in just a few minutes. The glaze is made with some salted caramel sauce, melted butter, powdered sugar and vanilla and it really could not be easier to make! The whole house is going to smell so insanely good with apple and cinnamon scents wafting about! You're welcome! 🙂
All you need to do is figure out how much you want to make. The recipe is for an 8x8 pan to get 9 nice sized sheet cake bars. Double the recipe for more servings and bake in a 9x13 pan for more.
These kinds of cakes are also called heirloom cakes or sour milk cakes. We made our sour milk by first measuring out the milk we needed. Then, add in either some white vinegar or lemon juice and stir it together.
Follow this ratio to make sour milk or buttermilk!
½ cup buttermilk: 1 ½ teaspoons vinegar or lemon juice + ½ cup milk of choice.
Let the milk sour for 5 minutes. Unless you have buttermilk on hand, then by all means, use that instead.
You can also improvise and throw in some raisins or walnuts!
Go for dusting this cake with some powdered sugar or ice it with some cream cheese frosting to make it super retro tasting!
I just know so many people love the taste of caramel and apples together. So, this salted caramel glaze is our modern twist! Add a light sprinkling of sea salt on top of the glaze if you want more of the salt to come through, even though the glaze is already a salt and caramel combo. It can always be added later after sneaking a bite without sea salt and then another with. I just know that glaze is yum.
You can also make it sugar free if you want as well! It's sooooo delicious, I'm serious! I've used Lakanto with really great results, using both their granulated sugar and their powdered sugar, etc. Seriously cannot tell the difference if you want to make it healthier. Check out Lakanto! Use my discount promo code: thebakingchocolatess15, to get a 15% discount on all their products for all your sugar-free, low-carb and Keto needs!
Here's another healthy sugar-free dessert you might like too: Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake - Keto | Sugar Free Option too!
These are so wonderful for Thanksgiving, Christmas or anytime you're feeling a warm and cozy caramel and apple dessert snack attack coming on. This tasty Apple Spice Snack Cake is amazing warmed up in the microwave for 15-20 seconds, if you are storing it in the fridge. OMG! Try it!
More Apple Desserts!
Awesome Country Apple Fritter Bread Recipe (Featured on The Kitchen - Food Network!)
Apple Spice Snack Cake - Sugar Free Option
Apple Spice Snack Cake
- 1 cup all-purpose flour measured correctly
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ½ cup unsalted butter softened
- ½ cup granulated sugar or Monkfruit Classic Sweetener
- 1 large egg
- ½ cup sour milk/buttermilk ½ cup buttermilk: 1 ½ teaspoons vinegar or lemon juice + ½ cup milk of choice
- ⅓ cup walnuts, optional chopped
- 2 small apples chopped small ¼ - ⅓ inch thick or grated
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons milk of choice
- 1 ¼ cup powdered sugar or use Lakanto Powdered Monkfruit Sweetener for sugar-free
- 3 tablespoons salted or regular caramel sauce homemade or store-bought or use a sugar-free caramel sauce for sugar-free
Apple Spice Snack Cake
- To start, make the sour milk. Measure out ½ cup milk and add 1 ½ teaspoons of vinegar or lemon juice and stir. Let milk sit for 5 minutes so it can curdle and sour.
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray an 8x8 baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Line with parchment paper for easy removal if desired. Double recipe ingredients for 9x13 pan.
- Whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a bowl.
- Cream the butter and sugar together in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy using an electric mixer set at medium speed. Beat in the egg.
- Add the dry ingredients alternately with the sour milk, beating well after each addition, using an electric mixer set at low speed.
- Stir in the walnuts and apples. Pour the batter into prepared pan and bake for 30-40 minutes until done.
- Cool cake in pan on a wire rack, unless you want to add glaze while warm, see below.
- Microwave the butter and milk until the butter is melted. Gradually stir in the powdered sugar until combined. Stir in the caramel and combine. Add some salt or sea salt if you want the sweet and salty vibe if you don't have salted caramel sauce. Pour evenly over the warm or cooled cake. Let set for about 15 minute before slicing and serving. You may not use it all, depends how thick you want your glaze on top!
- Can also top with caramel sauce or dust with powdered sugar. Of course, cream cheese frosting is always an option!!