Fresh Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting

Fresh Apple Cake is all the bits I cherish about fall—apple picking, chunky sweaters, brown leather boots, cinnamon sticks, and crackly orange leaves—baked together in a pan and topped with dreamy Brown Sugar Frosting.
Fresh Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting

When I think about the perfect fall day, I envision red leaves against bright blue skies, backyard football games, and piping hot mugs of cider. I imagine pink cheeks, captivating books, and big comfy armchairs. Most importantly, my perfect fall day necessitates a big, warm slice of Fresh Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting.

Fresh Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting is a moist, rich spice cake studded with hunks of tart apple and deeply toasted walnuts. It is scented with cinnamon and nutmeg and all spice. Every bite bewitches with autumn flavor.

Fresh Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting

The Brown Sugar Frosting is fudge-like in quality its taste waivers tantalizingly between maple and caramel. Cake and frosting together create a grown-up version of the autumn joy kids experience diving into a giant pile of leaves. It’s unabridged autumn bliss, baked into cozy, comforting apple cake form.

Fresh Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting

Apple picking, one of my most treasured fall activities, is not an area where I am particularly adept at exercising restraint; two weeks ago, Ben and I carted home 10 pounds of apples from a local orchard. Baking my way through our haul has been a delightful pie, cake, and apple bread-filled journey, with Fresh Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting being the tastiest stop along the way.

Apple Picking for Fresh Apple Cake

The recipe for this Fresh Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting is taken directly from my new favorite cookbook, Whole Grain Baking by King Arthur Flour. Incorporating whole grains without sacrificing taste or texture is one of my self-appointed baking missions (what can I say, I love my fiber), and Whole Grain Baking is my new baking bible. Every one of its 400+ recipes features whole grains and has been perfected in my personal version of heaven, the King Arthur Flour test kitchen. I’ve tried six recipes from it so far, and each has been outstanding.

To spread the whole-grain love and to celebrate the start of fall baking season, King Arthur Flour will be sending one lucky reader their own copy of Whole Grain Baking, along with a few of the star ingredients used to bake Fresh Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting.

Our Fall Baking Celebration Prize Pack includes:

  • Whole Grain Baking: Today’s Legacy Fresh Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting on page 372!
  • Boiled Cider, a.k.a. Golden Nectar of the Autumnal Gods: I’ve been pouring this liquid gold (a concentrated apple cider) on everything from ice cream to oatmeal. In our Fresh Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting, the boiled cider amps up the apple flavor, elevating the cake from “Oh that is good” to “I’ll take 20 slices please.”
  • White Whole Wheat Flour: My ultimate whole-grain baking weapon. This flour from King Arthur gives you the full fiber benefit of traditional whole wheat flour, but with the lighter taste of white all-purpose flour.
  • Vietnamese Cinnamon: Cinnamon lovers, rejoice. This high quality cinnamon is so intense and pure in flavor, you can taste the difference in your baked treats. Even the smell is memorizing.

**GIVEAWAY ENDED. Congrats to the winner and thanks to all who entered!**

{PS. Just because the giveaway’s closed doesn’t mean you shouldn’t bake this fabulous cake ASAP.}

Fresh Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting

For the love of all that is fall, bake Fresh Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting this weekend. Relish the sweet taste of autumn and heck, jump into a big pile of leaves. Fall comes but once a year.

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Fresh Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting

A moist, rich spice cake filled with fresh apples, walnuts, and cinnamon, then topped with a creamy, fudge-like brown sugar frosting. Taste fall in every bite! This cake tasted even better the next day. Bake once, then enjoy as a snack, dessert, or even breakfast with coffee all week long.

Yield: 1-9x13-inch sheet cake or 2-9-inch round layer cakes

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes


Fresh Apple Cake

  • 2 and 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground all spice

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • 1 cup packed light or dark brown sugar (I used dark brown)

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 3 large eggs

  • 1/4 cup boiled cider* or apple juice concentrate

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 4 cups peeled chopped apples (about 3 large apples; choose a firm, flavorful variety such as Granny Smith, McIntosh, or Cortland)

  • 1 cup walnuts, toasted and roughly chopped

Brown Sugar Frosting

  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1/2 cup packed light or dark brown sugar (I used light)

  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 3 tablespoons milk

  • 1 and 1/2 cups powdered (confectioners) sugar, sifted

  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. Place the rack in the center of your oven. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans or one 9x13-inch sheet pan or line with parchment paper.

  2. To make the cake: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and all spice. In the bowl of a standing mixer or a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, stopping in between each to scrape down the bowl. Mix in the boiled cider and vanilla. With the mixer on low, slowly add the dry ingredients, stirring just until evenly moistened. Fold in the apples and walnuts.

  3. Pour the batter into the prepared pan(s) and spread evenly. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes for the 9-inch pans or 45-55 minutes for the sheet cake. (Baking time may vary depending upon the moisture content of the apples.)

  4. To make the frosting: In a small pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the brown sugar and salt and cook, stirring constantly, until the sugar melts. Add the milk, bring mixture to a gentle boil, then pour into a mixing bowl and allow to cool for 10 minutes.

  5. After 10 minutes, stir in the powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat well, adding additional powdered sugar as needed if the mixture is too thin. Spread onto the cake while the frosting is still warm, as it will become firm and set as it cools. Slice generously and serve.

Store leftover cake in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. *To make your own boiled cider: Add 1/2 gallon of apple cider to a large (non-reactive) Dutch oven or pot. Over medium high-heat, bring the cider to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and let cook, stirring occasionally, for 4-5 hours, or until the cider has reduced to about 1 cup and has a thick, syrupy consistency. Transfer to a small jar and store in the refrigerator.

Recipe from King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking

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Giveaway will remain open until 10 p.m. CST on Thursday, October 10th. One winner will be selected from the comments section below and notified via the email address used to leave the comment. Winner will have 48 hours to respond, at which point another winner will be chosen. Giveaway open to U.S. residents only. King Arthur Flour provided me with the same giveaway items listed in this post; no other compensation was received. As always, all opinions are my own.

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About Erin Clarke

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  1. Oh my! “the Brown Sugar Frosting is fudge-like in quality its taste waivers tantalizingly between maple and caramel” you have my heart pitter pattering in anticipation of trying this cake!
    It looks scrumptious Erin! Gawsh girl, I wish I could blink my eyes (a la I dream of Jeanie) and a piece would magically appear in fron of me NOW!

  2. Girl this cake sounds awesome! I LOVE apple season!

  3. I’m a fan of pumpkin everything this time of year. My favorite has to be good old pumpkin pie!

  4. Hi Erin! My favorite fall baked treat is Cinnamon Pumpkin Spice Kiss Cookies ( The weather has finally started to cool down here in Minnesota, so I’m excited to begin baking for my law school husband (he’s an 1L at UMN)!


  5. I love the Barefoot Contessa’s Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp- perfect blend of crisp apples and bright citrus! This cake looks like it could jump up the list of amazing fall goodies though too…

  6. Fall is the best!! Particularly the date of Oct 5 :)

  7. This cake looks super moist! And that frosting. I think I could just eat it by the spoonful!

  8. Apple rolls are my favorite

  9. Absolutely delish! The fudge-like frosting sounds divine!

  10. Fall baking treat? Gotta be my father’s apple pie, with his all-butter crust. Nobody makes apple pie like he does. If it’s something I’m making, then definitely Maggie Glezer’s pumpkin challah (one version of the recipe at

  11. I love Pumpkin Spiced cookies, have since I was a little boy (and that was a long time AGO)

  12. Diane Siniscalchi Reply

    My favorite fall treat is traditional apple pie with cheddar cheese partially melted on top. This says fall to me <3. I am going to try making this apple cake, though. It sounds amazing!

  13. My fave Fall baked treat is Gingerbread Cake, it screams Fall to me!

  14. Pumpkin bread!

  15. my favorite treat are apple cider doughnuts form local orchards. nice and wram with a cup of coffee, yum!

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  20. Favorite fall baked treats? Hard to pick just one!! I’d have to say gingerbread cake or pumpkin cake. I’m also a fan of applesauce/apple cake, which is what drew me to this post in the first place! Thank you!

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  25. Apple crisp…my favorite dessert of all time regardless of the season.

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  27. I have a similar fresh apple cake recipe that’s good, but fall favorite is probably pumpkin roll.

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  32. and I’m a huge fan of KAF on facebook!

  33. Diane Siniscalchi Reply

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  34. Apples! our favorite family time of year! We love making Apple cake and homemade apple sauce every fall!

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  38. I love apple cake and this looks so good! Definitely making this today!

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  40. My absolute favorite fall treat is fresh apple crisp topped with, what else? vanilla ice cream! Ooooh my yumminess. I also adore apple cake although I haven’t found a to-die-for favorite yet. Perhaps this recipe will be it! Can’t wait to try it. :-)

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  43. shannon morrison Reply

    i like Emmy’s pumpkin chocolate chip muffins, an old King Arthur recipe.

  44. I love to make my mother-in-law’s pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting. It’s a one-bowler (which I love) and has held up well to me messing with it; i.e. exchanging flours and adding flax seed. It’s everything fall.

  45. Apple Pie or Tart is heavenly in the fall!

  46. I’m going to veganize this recipe when I make it tonight. I can already tell it’s going to be my favorite for the season.

  47. Pumpkin Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting and Apple Slab Pie drizzles with Vanilla Glaze.

  48. Flatlander In Vermont Reply

    Apple cider pie with cheddar cheese crust it is amazing.

  49. This looks really good. There appears to be an error in the recipe – frosting section. “…bring to a pour…” I assume is bring to a boil? How sweet is the frosting? I’ve been in the mood to bake a cake….

  50. My favorite fall treat is anything with pumpkin! Pumpkin bread, pumpkin cake, pumpkin pie, pumpkin scones, pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin! Always makes me think of cool crisp fall days.

  51. I love apple cider donuts and apple crisp, but I’d be happy to give this scrumptious looking cake a try, too!

  52. Your cake looks wonderful! I’ll pin it and make it soon. While I’m there I’ll follow you and will “like” you on Facebook with pleasure. I’m always looking for others who enjoy baking as much as I do. I already follow and “like” King Arthur Flour!

  53. I love homemade applesauce and apple butter, especially on pancakes. I have a pumpkin soup recipe that is one of our favorites as well!

  54. Diane Siniscalchi Reply

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  55. Favorite fall baked treat: Pumpkin bread…so good but not bad for you if you make it right! I have a few recipes in my box

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  58. Autumn makes me crave pie — any kind, but especially apple, pumpkin, mincemeat, ……

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  60. Favorite fall treat (well anytime actually) Cranberry-Walnut Pumpkin Bread.

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  63. I love anything with apples or pumpkin this time of year, but my absolute favorite is my pumpkin roll with cream cheese frosting. Delish!

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  66. Who doesn’t love a delicious cake? Your Fresh Apple Cake recipe beckons me to fire up the oven in celebration of the Fall harvest.

  67. I don’t know if this qualifies as a specifically fall baking thing, but I love making chicken pot pie for Sunday dinner when the weather gets cool.

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  72. WOW!!! This was yummy….I don’t think I have ever tasted a apple cake or any cake for that matter as moist and flavorful as this!!! My whole family just loved it, in fact it wasn’t around for more than the day after I made it…and not hard to make either….so perfect especially since were are into fall and smack dab in the height of apple season….and just happened to have just made a trip to our favorite apple orchard for the best apples around and got our pumpkins and mums too!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  73. So glad to have found your blog through liking King Arthur Flour on facebook. This apple cake looks just delish — can’t wait to try it! I just love the flavors of fall baking. On our way to Vermont last week (from PA) we tried to stop at KAF for boiled cider but we were too late. Thanks for the recipe.

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  77. Nicole Tzortzinis Reply

    Hmm, probably pumpkin bread or pumpkin cookies, or cranberry bread, or…well, I guess I just like fall baking!

  78. Fresh apple pie courtesy of my granny smith tree. Nom nom nom!!

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    I’m following Erin, The Law Student’s Wife, on twitter! :-)

  80. Love apple crisp in the Fall!

  81. I love old fashioned apple crisp.

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  83. This cake sounds amazing, I anything apple. There are so many fall treats I love; I love anything involving pumpkin and apple!

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  85. I would love to win your Fall prize package! Gingerbread (with raisins) is my favorite fall recipe.

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  87. Elizabeth Crockett Reply

    Really enjoy baking with pumpkin this time of year. One of my all time favorites is my pumpkin cheesecake with gingersnap cookie crust. All things apple are fantastic and this cake sounds delish.

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  89. My favorite is pumpkin bread!!!

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  94. I love anything with apples!

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  96. Baked apples or apple crisp

  97. I honestly can’t say I have a “favorite” fall baked good. I become obsessed with ALL things pumpkin and apple and warm spices and if I can combine all in one recipe…yum

  98. My favorite baking treat is triple chocolate brownies

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  105. I can’t pick a favorite! Apple pie and crisp, pumpkin bread and soup, gingersnaps with a mug of hot cider. So much to enjoy!

  106. This cake looks wonderful!
    My granddaughters and I enjoy making apple muffins with in the fall.

  107. I liked KAF on Facebook. Love apple pie!

  108. Christine Moseley Reply

    looks like a great addition to my fall repertoire!

  109. Karen Fitzgerald Reply

    My favorite is anything with pumpkin — pumpkin pie, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin cookies; and, of course, apple pie.

  110. Living in New England, I am all about apples and cinnamon this time of year. My apple bread has gotten lots of notoriety in recent years from friends. It’s autumn in a bread tin! The only change I make in the recipe below is I use 1 cup white sugar, 1 cup brown.

  111. My favorite fall sweet is Dorie Greenspan’s All-in-one Holiday Bundt Cake. It’s a wonderfully moist cake that has all the ingredients and flavors that signal fall: pumpkin, cranberries, apples, pecans, cinnamon and nutmeg, too. It’s from her Baking from my home to yours cookbook. Here’s the link to her blog for a photo and book link.

    I ONLY bake with King Arthur Flour! and their Vietnamese Cinnamon is fabulous!


  112. This cake is totally my new bff. I want it in my life 24/7!

  113. Anything pumpkin and my Kahlua cake.

  114. I have an apple bundt cake, with browned butter frosting, that I love making in fall (from Martha Stewart, I think?). I’ll have to see if this can beat it! :) And I also love making pumpkin bread pudding, and pumpkin waffles (both from Smitten Kitchen), and gingerbread (my own super-dark-and spicy variation).

  115. It’s hard to choose a favorite, but one thing I really love that isn’t what you might think of when you think “baking,” although it IS baked, is Hot Curried Fruit. It goes with lots of things and is really delicious! Last year I shared the recipe with my favorite local spice shop, Allspice, and they posted it on their site:

  116. Jennifer McKinnis Reply

    Pumpkin cheesecake and ginger molasses cookies rock!

  117. My favorite is anything pumpkin.

  118. Sounds great…have copied it to try!

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  127. This cake sounds awesome and I am going to have to make it, but with a few adaptations as I am diabetic and gluten intolerant. So wish me luck. This is going to be my goal for October…..Nail this change out !!!! my favorite fall dessert is apple crisp which I love all year long.

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  134. Pumpkin Bread and/or Pumpikin Pie!

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  138. I love the recipe and that it uses the White Whole Wheat. I just bought my first bag of it and can’t wait to try it in something besides bread. My favorite fall recipe would be hubby’s great grandmother’s pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. This is a must have when we visit my daughter in college in Pa. All her friends request them. I do have one recipe I want to try and that is Apple Sharlotta cake, a Russian apple cake that has many thin layers of apple. Maybe I’ll try a version with the Whole wheat. :)

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  140. This recipe looks so yummy! One of our favorite fall treats is Pumpkin apple muffins! All the goodness of fall wrapped together!

  141. Shari Wildschutte Reply

    My Favorite Fall Bake Treats are as follows: Pumpkin Bread made with dried Cranberries and toasted Pecans/ Pumpkin Pie with a Cream Cheese layer on the bottom/Pumpkin Bars with a topping of toasted Pecan streusel/ any or all of the about made with Butternut Squash left over from dinner.

  142. Here is the link to the Pumpkin bread recipe I mentioned. I adapted it to muffins.
    You can nix the nuts if you need to (like we do) and its till tastes great!

  143. Liked your Facebook Page, would have loved it if there was a button. Another favorite fall treat of mine is Butternut Squash, hot from the oven…….just plain, so sweet!

  144. “Liked” your Facebook page. :-)

  145. Yum! I have too many favorites for fall! Pumpkin bars, apple pie, pumpkin cookies w/cream cheese frosting…..

  146. “Liked” the King Arthur Flour Facebook page ages ago. :-)

  147. Also subscribed to the King Arthur Flour e-newsletter ages ago. Side note: I bought some of their white whole wheat flour a while back and have made a couple of recipes from the KAF website as well as experimented a bit with recipes from some of my old favorite cookbooks. It’s great flour!

  148. I Liked King Arthurs page a long time ago so I hope that counts! Their White Whole Wheat Flour is Fantastic and any Fall Treat , such as Pumpkin Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese frosting, made with at least 1/2 White Whole Wheat flour is better than ever.

  149. King Arthur Flour e-newsletter is now coming to my inbox. Love it!
    OOOH, AppleDapple Cake, gotta find that recipe, so easy and used to just love it made with fresh Pippin apples……….fall treat sublime.

  150. King Arthur ‘n me on Twitter…………………Yum…………..oh yeah, hurry up Persimmons………..slice an x almost thru’ and bake @ 350* 10 or 15 mins. – another Yum! Sprinkle a bit of lemon juice and brown sugar……………..

    • OOPs, the lemon juice and brown sugar go on b/4 baking, sorry
      and I use the big, heart shaped Persimmons. I adore the squat hard ones best but never bake them, their too good draw in salad or ………

  151. Following you on Twitter BUT…the link from here says ‘Page doesn’t exist’. So I went to my twitter page and did a search … found it by using ‘Law Students Wife’, it’s Erin.
    Lemon Pumpkin Bread…………just use as much Lemon Zest as you wish (for me the more the better) and make a Lemon Cream Cheese spread. WOOOO

  152. I liked the Facebook page and was already a fan of King Arthur Flour.

  153. Pinterest is gonna be a terrible downfall for me and mine ! One look and I gained 48 pounds. So, Butternut Squash ravioli made with leftover Butternut squash and Pot Sticker/WonTon wrappers and a light garlic/olive oil/pepper/chopped tomatoes sauce. Yes, Fall all the way AND a really tasty treat.
    Please pick me!

  154. Debbie Sharp Loeb Reply

    Here is my favorite Fall recipe:
    Love KAF Newsletter and FB posts!

  155. White whole wheat flour is amazing! One of my favorites:) And this cake – love your first line, with all the bits of fall baked in. Sounds like my kind of cake!

  156. KA white whole wheat is the ONLY flour I use these days!! I love their KA harvest pumpkin bars, their KA Thanksgiving pumpkin muffins, and a spicy pumpkin cheesecake bar from the CLBB. Hhmmmm, I see a pattern… ;). Thank you!!

  157. consuelohoneyandfigs Reply

    Aw, Erin, this cake looks out-of-this-world amazing! I love apples in everything, they’re so delish ;D The giveaway sounds lovely as well, it’s such a pity that I don’t live in the US :((

  158. I liked you on FB. I really, really liked you! ;)

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  162. I signed up for the KA e-newsletter! I may have to make that frosting just for a snack tonight! YUM!

  163. My fave fall dessert is spice cake with chocolate icing

  164. I will always love fresh apple cake, and butternut squash pie takes a close second.

  165. I have the flour, I have the apples, I even have the boiled cider — do I have the time to whip it up this evening? I’m sure going to try — the brown sugar frosting sounds like the “penuche” frosting from my very old Betty Crocker cookbook — long gone, but that recipe resides in my card file.

  166. Love the brown sugar frosting, perfect for apple cake!
    My favorite fall baked treat? How can I choose? Anything with apple or pumpkin!

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  170. Apples are so amazing this time of year, definitely want to give this recipe a try! Great job :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  171. My favorite fall baked treat is Italian spice cookies – a 75-yr old family recipe – that is made with cinnamon, nutmeg, mace, and ginger. They are delicious and there is never enough to go around, once my guests get a taste of them.

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  174. It is hard to choose my favorite fall food. but it is probably pumpkin pie made from fresh pumpkin followed closely by apples eaten fresh or baked.

  175. Maureen E. McLaughlin Reply

    Pumpkin everything but mostly, Pumpkin custard. I make the Libby’s pumpkin pie filling w/o the crust and enjoy with whipped cream or just plain cream. Always makes me feel better and happy.

  176. My favorite is Apple Crisp. Visited my first apple orchard last week. Awesome! Nearby fruit orchards in my area are peaches.

  177. I feel like pecan pie and pecan pie bars are a fall kind of thing…I always look forward to those!

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  181. I know when it is fall time when you find pumpkin doughnuts, pumpkin spice coffee and you see recipes on Facebook for pumpkin pie etc


  182. I love pumpkin roll.

  183. i have an annual tradition of going to get apples in the fall with family and friends, We bring home the harvest and make wonderful apple goodies, including my favorite – apple pie!

  184. huntfortheverybest Reply

    it sounds yummy!

  185. Dutch apple pie, an old recipe my mother was given by a neighbor back in the fifties. I always requested it for special occasions, sometimes instead of birthday cake.

  186. Although this apple cake sounds great, Fall means my father’s made-from-scratch baked beans & my mother’s apple pie. I’ve never found anyone else who makes apple pie her way. Open top, shred the apples in layers & sprinkle with apple pie spice or cinnamon between layers, mound up the layers and dot the top of the layers with butter, sugar & more spices. Bake. The top of the pie retains the shreds, but the bottom layers condense & almost seem like solid apple sauce.

  187. I like everything pumpkin…. I make a delicious whole-grain pumpkin bread that everyone loves.

  188. Years ago a friend had a simple apple cake that she dubbed “Apple Ernie” for her kids. Wish I could find the recipe.
    But this sounds great! Have to try it.
    I have friended you and King Arthur. I don’t do twitter. I’ve subscribed to the King Arthur newsletters for ages.

  189. I love pumpkin pie. It’s one of the things I look most forward to during the fall.

  190. I am a KAF newsletter subscriber.

  191. Pumpkin bread for the win! I know, I know. How much more typical can I get? But I heart it.

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  194. How gorgeous is your cake!

    I fall I like to make a fig tart. I’m eying this recipe but I haven’t made it yet: Fresh Fig Tart with Rosemary Cornmeal Crust and Lemon Mascarpone Cream

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  196. This is my new favorite – Salted Caramel Swirled-Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

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  200. Good old pumpkin pie-with real homemade whipped cream!!!! Although this apple cake looks fabulous- i will have to give it a try!!!

  201. This. THIS is what I love about fall. Apple cakes! in fact, my mom makes one that is basically legendary around my friends ( It has this sauce you pour on top that makes you want to die it’s so good. Although…probably not so good for you. (Maybe you should whole grain that mo-fo, huh? haha)

  202. I loove anything pumpkin! My favorite treat so far this year? This cashew pumpkin cream:
    It tastes exactly like pumpkin pie!

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  209. the pumpkin butterscotch scones from the farmer’s market!

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  211. I love baked apples in pastry! My sister introduced me to simple baked apples and the aroma and warmth from the oven calms and comforts the entire house during the long dark days of autumn. Anything pumpkin but pumpkin custard or oats are a few other favorites of mine!

    • Vickie, I can just imagine that lovely smell. I think I need to try some baked apples in pastry myself ASAP!

      • It is such an elegant desert! Egg wash the pastry, sprinkle some sugar/cinnamon – I was never as “arty” as my other sister (who makes decorative leaves and swirls onto the crust) I am just concerned with taste!
        Would love to try it with heirloom apples, like Black Arkansas, Cox Orange Pippin or Limbertwig. Have any recipes for whole grain sweet pastry dough?

        • Taste is the #1 factor! I am still tinkering to come up with a whole wheat sweet pastry dough I love, but my favorite pastry recipe at the moment is Ina Garten’s perfect pie crust. I might try that recipe with half all purpose and half white whole wheat (or whole wheat pastry) flour–I bet it would be delicious!

  212. My favorite fall treat is Baked Apple Dumplings, (with a cinnamon syrup glaze). But then there is also Pumpkin Bread, Fresh Apple Cookies, or Cinnamon Leaves.

  213. I have an apple cake in the oven that I’m giving to someone at work today, but I like the sound of this one better!

  214. I subscribed to the KAF e-newsletter! I thought I already was, but didn’t know about the gluten-free baking one.

  215. For me, it’s a tie between apple crisp (I love cinnamon and brown sugar) and pumpkin muffins. And maybe pumpkin cookies

  216. Hi Erin! My favorite is chocolate chip pumpkin bread!

  217. My favorite fall baked item has to be pumpkin muffins with cream cheese frosting. Can’t wait to try the apple cake.

  218. My new favorite is this recipe…made it 3 times already
    But my next favorite might just be this cake…..

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  223. I “LIKED” your Facebook Law Student’s Wife page…love the healthy aspect of your baking!

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  225. I love pumpkin bread!

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  228. i like anything with pumpkin this time of the year.,

  229. This looks amazing with that yummy icing! I already follow King Arthur Flour every way possible!!! And am now following you on fb & pinterest! Great giveaway… thanks!

  230. I don’t know what sounds better! The apple cake or the brown sugar frosting. Yum!

  231. My fave Fall treat is Apple Spice Cake with Apple Glaze. Usually we make this in a bundt pan but a sheet pan is easier to freeze. Plus, ours is GF.

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  235. Pumpkin everything! My 3L husband is excited that fall is here because he has lots of pumpkin treats :)

  236. I love apples and apple foods but pumpkin really gets my heart this time of year. Pumpkin lattes, pumpkin beer, and my recent new love the pumpkin scones from KAF!

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  239. It’s not a standard fall treat, but my absolute favorite is zucchini bread! My family uses a recipe we got from a neighbor when I was growing up, and something about a slice of this delicious treat fresh out of the oven makes me feel like pulling on a cozy sweater and hanging out with family for the day :)

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  245. And now I follow you on Pinterest too! Thanks for the give away.

  246. Anddddd I’m following you on twitter :)

  247. This might seem a bit boring but I really like plain old pumpkin bread.

  248. i love pumpkin chocolate chip mini muffins!

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  254. Apple pie! Apple crisp! Apple Cranberry Walnut cake (from Moosewood)

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  261. This apple cake looks delicious! My favorite baked treat for fall has always been apple crisp.

  262. Fall reminds me of Thanksgiving (which means pumpkin pie and homemade bread rolls), steamed milk with honey, ginger, and cinnamon, cinnamon-raisin oatmeal cookies, hot oatmeal, and (this applies to late fall/early winter) thick slices of banana “bread” with a cold, chocolate banana smoothie.

  263. I love all treats that are made with root veggies…sweet potato cornbread, sweet potato pie, squash pudding, but my special fave is gingerbread made with homemade applesauce. Extra points if I made that applesauce from apples i picked!

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  266. I am stuck right now on pear muffins–yummy!

  267. I love all fall foods, and this looks delicious!

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  269. I just subscribed to the King Arthur Newsletter—YUM!

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  272. My favorite fall treat is pumpkin pie brownie bars! Also, I follow you on Facebook Twitter and Instagram :)

  273. Apple season! I just pressed cider this weekend. Neve

  274. My favourite is cinnamon buns!

  275. Pumpkin pie!

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  279. Meghan Larsen Reidy Reply

    Pumpkin scones!

  280. Pumpkin bars! I follow the Law Student’s wife on pinterest and facebook–love the blog!

  281. My favorite fall treat are Lumberjacks-molasses and spice crinkle cookies-‘Good in the spring,too. The kids eat them by the handfuls,me too!

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  284. Deborah Favorito Reply

    I love warm apple pie topped with vanilla ice cream. I follow both the Law students wife and King Arthur’s Flour on face book. I also receive King Arthurs newsletter and catalog.

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    I have joined all of the requirements

  286. Janis Tzortzinis Reply

    My favorite is Apple Dumplings made from a recipe torn from a magazine by my mother more than 50 years ago. She as do I make it in a 9X13 pan.

  287. Apple season is one of my favorites also! I love to make apple crisp or apple pandowdy, there both a family favorite. When I have time, I will also do apple pie. Earned all my addl entries! Thanks!

  288. I love this recipe!! Delicious.

  289. My mom and I just made her prized Apple Pie Bars this weekend (link below). I look forward to them every fall!

  290. I made this apple cake yesterday and I think it might be my new fall favorite!

  291. I make a mean pumpkin bread with chocolate chips!

  292. Rachel Cota Hochstetler Reply

    ONE FAVORITE fall treat? impossible! But pumpkin bread is such a classic I can’t not choose it! :)

  293. Rachel Cota Hochstetler Reply

    I follow you on twitter as @goshlifesfab

  294. Rachel Cota Hochstetler Reply

    Oh and I like you on facebook (and in real life too!)

  295. I have almost all ingredients but I don’t have apple juice concentrate, does it make the diference?

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  297. I’m in the process of baking this cake now! Holy moly I got some of the batter on my finger and had to of course give it a try- SO much flavor I did double the amount of cinnamon but I’m literally licking the bowl, Cannot wait to try this!

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  302. oh my gawd, love me some apple cake! and I’ve got to try this brown sugar frosting. . yummmm!!!

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  304. Hi Erin! Do I have to boil the apple cider til it gets thick for several hours?

    • Hi Peter! To make true cider syrup, you do need to boil it until it reduces, which can take several hours (it will be much thicker than plain cider). If you boil a smaller amount, it will reduce more quickly (you need 1/4 cup at the end), but a fast option is to use apple juice concentrate, which takes no prep at all.

  305. You are the bomb Erin thanks! you always make some of the greatest stuff here on the web blogs and that’s why I keep coming back for your recipes have a good morning :)

  306. I meant to write Peter I dont know why it typed Erin .

  307. Am just waiting for the first cool days to make this cake. But I noticed that your link goes to one of Arthur’s self-raising flours, yet you’ve got baking powder and soda both in this cake. Just a linking error?

    • Hi Constance! I’m so sorry about that—the link is definitely an error or perhaps it has been updated since I posted this recipe. The wording in the recipe list (white whole wheat flour) is correct. Thanks so much for pointing this out. I’ve updated it now, and I hope you truly love the cake! It’s one of my favorites :)

  308. Just wanted to say that I just made this BUT I make cakes for a restaurant and I didn’t have the icing ingredients so I kind of fudged things .  I made the cake as is (delicious) but instead of icing I made a mixture of 1/2 c of sugar, 1/2 c of butter and 1/2 c of evap milk and boiled for 2 minutes and poured over top of warm cake – Awesome!  (no cider either – used little cup of applesauce) McGuyvering!

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