Grandma Felicia’s Apple Spice Cake Recipe From Sista Felicia

Grandma Felicia’s Apple Spice Cake

all photos Sista Felicia

3 Granny Smith apples
2 Macintosh apples
2 tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 pinch ground clove
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
¼ teaspoon cardamom
2 Tablespoon vanilla
½ Tablespoon vanilla bean paste
1 cup white sugar
3 cups flour
1 cup dark brown sugar
1/3 cup orange juice
1 cup vegetable oil
1 ½ tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
4 eggs
Recommended ingredients: use fresh apples from your local apple orchard.  I highly recommend taking some time out of your busy life and spend a few hours picking apples with your family and or friends. I promise ….It will make your life a little sweeter and the cake!



Icing ingredients:
3 cups confectionary sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3    tablespoon warm milk (add more or less milk to get desired icing thickness)
·    Combine all  ingredients in a bowl and whisk into a smooth and silky icing
Preheat oven 350 degrees
Step 1: using an apple cutter cut and core apples

Step 2: remove the skin with a pairing knife and cut into bite size pieces


Step3: place apples in a bowl and toss with 2 tablespoon of cinnamon and set aside

Step 4: in a separate bowl sift together all dry ingredients


Step 5:  using a handheld mixer or stand mixer set on a medium speed beat eggs 2 minutes then add oil, vanilla and orange juice and continue to mix for 1 additional minute

Step 6: on a lower speed carefully add dry ingredients


Step 7: continue mixing until all ingredients come together forming a smooth cake batter


Step 8:  fold apples into cake batter

Step 9: flour and grease bunt pan or spring form pan (Baker’s Joy is a must have in your pantry during baking season)

Step 10: add the cake batter to prepared pan and place on a foil or parchment paper lined cookie sheet

Step 11: bake for 1 hour 15 minutes or until a cake tester or wooden skewer is inserted and removed cleanly
Step 12: cool 10 min and remove cake from pan

Step 13: Drizzle with vanilla icing




  • that’s it! i’m going apple picking this sunday, and I’m baking this cake!
    thank you for sharing: my nanna added raisins and nuts to hers with a snickerdoodle topping. i’m going to make this recipe first, and then experiment.


  • I remember my grandmother would mix it up once in a while and add walnuts. Good luck, happy baking, and have fun experimenting!

  • This looks SOOO delicious and I love to bake so THANKS! I know what I’ll be doing Sunday! :D

  • This cake was absolutely delicious. It was moist, sweet and to die for!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Silver Ripple Cottage

      Ill bake it this weekend in honor of Aunt Felicia. What a great cook she was. Everything was made with love!

  • This was the best apple spice cake I’ve ever had; but I’m not going to try to fool myself or anyone else by saying I’m going to try to make it. I don’t have any of those cool, shiny kitchen appliances, and I stink at baking. Apple picking sounds like fun though.

  • I agree with mammaw because I ate a good chunk of this cake last Mug Up. Vanilla bean paste and orange juice. Ah ha! The secret ingredients.

    I must be OCD because I like to peel the apple in one long strand first, then core. My mother had an ancient apple peeler which held the apple and you cranked it and as it spun a blade slid down the side peeling in one long strand. It hardly ever worked and made a mess but it was fun.

  • Damn! That looks good !!!!!

  • How much flour does the recipe call for?

  • Not waiting to pick apples–although sounds wonderful–and am zooming off to the store for the ingredients. Looks divine!! THANK YOU FELICIA for sharing!

    • I hope folks send in their pictures after they make their cakes.

      I also wonder if all the people who say they are going to make the cakes- make the cakes. (or if they pull a Jen Cullen) :)

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