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Apple Butter Spice Cake Recipe

Excellent, Extremely moist and with just the right amount of spices....It looks great, it tastes great and it's really easy to make! a great way to use up excess apple butter just sitting in the 'fridge.. For anyone who enjoys a good apple butter, you must definitely try this recipe.. It is worth buying the apple butter just to make the cake :D ,,  The batter was thicker than I expected and I thought I made a mistake, but the result was a big hit with everyone.

This is perfect as written and there is no need to change a thing. Although not needed, I added a drizzle of caramel and it is wonderful with or without. I made this a while back for a senior citizen center, and everyone raved about it. My husband absolutely loves this, too. It's a really good way to use up apple butter, too. I substitute different things like oat bran for the wheat bran, or walnuts for the pecans if I need to. It still turns out really good. Very happy that I found this recipe. It will be enjoyed often. 

Apple Butter Spice Cake

Prep 25 m
Cook 40 m
Ready In 1 h 5 m



  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  •  1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup apple butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup whole bran cereal or wheat germ
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 eggs, room temperature


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13-inch pan.
  2. Prepare the topping by mixing together the brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and chopped pecans.
  3. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Beat butter and sugar together in a large bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy; add eggs one at a time, thoroughly beating each egg into the butter mixture before adding the next. Add apple butter, vanilla, and wheat germ or bran cereal. Add sifted dry ingredients alternately with sour cream; mix well after each addition.
  5. Pour half the batter into the prepared pan; sprinkle with half of the topping. Pour remaining batter into pan and top with the rest of the topping.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean, about 40 minutes.


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