Spiced Apple Cake with Orange Glaze

So is it officially fall now?  I feel like it should be.  I’ve been keeping the doors open in the mornings and evenings this past week.  It’s lovely to get some fresh air and have a breeze in the house.  It’s so refreshing, and gives me that happy homey feeling.  Not like OG homey, like this is where I’m supposed to be and I love my family homey.  Okay, maybe a little OG.


Spiced Apple Cake with Orange Glaze is a fall must make dessert!


When Musselman’s contacted me to bake up some goodies with their apple butter, I couldn’t say yes fast enough.  I’ve been eating their applesauce for years, and I fell in love with apple butter when I worked at Texas Roadhouse.  {Please don’t tell me how much you love the rolls and cinnamon butter.  ‘Kay?  Thanks.}  I love to spread some cold apple butter on a roll. It’s heaven.  I’ve been wanting to make some apple butter ever since, but lucky me, I got a jar shipped to me instead.  Score!


Spiced Apple Cake with Orange Glaze is a fall must make dessert!


This season, it’s all about putting a spin on a classic recipe.  There are lots of great recipes on Musselman’s Apple Butter recipe page.  I got a few recipe cards with my apple butter and decided to make the apple spice cake.  I mean, they did include these super cute mini loaf pans and all the essentials to wrap up the cake to give to my friends.  Co-workers, are you hearing this?  I work tomorrow night.  🙂


This cake is super moist and absolutely wonderful.  It’s full of fall spices, has a subtle apple flavor, and the orange glaze just brings that fall/winter feeling full circle.  This cake is the perfect gift to give to everyone you know this holiday season.  Grab a jar of apple butter and lets get baking!


Spiced Apple Cake with Orange Glaze is a fall must make dessert!


Spiced Apple Cake with Orange Glaze
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Serves: 1 loaf (or 4 mini loaves)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk *
  • 1 cup Musselman's Apple Butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs, mix until combined. Alternate adding flour mixture and buttermilk to butter mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture; mix until just combined after each addition. Stir in apple butter.
  4. Pour batter in a 9" x 5" loaf pan {or four 6" x 2 1/2" loaf pans}. Bake for 55 minutes {or 30 to 35 minutes for smaller pans}, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  1. In a medium bowl, combine powdered sugar, orange juice and orange zest until smooth. Spread evenly over cake just after it comes out of oven. Let cake cool for 10 minutes.
*If you don't have buttermilk, combine 1/2 cup milk with 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice. Stir and let sit while you begin to prepare the cake batter.


And what’s a little apple butter cake without a giveaway!


And a freebie!  Head on over to www.musselmans.com/recipebook to get your own Musselman’s Apple Butter Cookbook.


Musselman’s is giving one lucky reader their own apple butter fall baking prize pack.  You’ll get 1 jar of Musselman’s apple butter (like a big jar, not a little dinky one), a recipe card, and mini loaf pan.  To enter, fill out the rafflecopter form below.  Giveaway open to US residents only.  For full terms & conditions click the link below.  GOOD LUCK!!


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This post is sponsored my Musselman’s Apple Butter.  I received free product for my review.  All opinions are 100% my own.


  1. Sally says

    I was the lucky recipient of one of the mini loaves that Julie made. It was delicious. I should have hidden it though. I was trying to make it last but my husband found it, had a bite and then finished it off.

  2. Sue says

    I love to bake pumpkin bread for my family and friends! It taste wonderful with a cup of coffee and cream cheese spread on top.

  3. Giselle says

    What is exactly apple butter? We don´t have that here. How can I replace it. Your recipe looks yummy. I want to give it a try. Thanks.

  4. says

    your recipes are killing me! in the best way ever of course. i’ve saved this and gotta try.
    you almost need to put out a recipe book- seriously. have you ever thought about it? i’ll buy your first copy!

    • says

      Hi Kendra. Thanks for the love! I actually am hoping to put out an eCookbook next year (hopefully in the spring). I have the outline done. I just need to start cooking and photographing.

  5. says

    Just made this for an after dinner treat. Very good! I think next time I will add some chopped apples for a lil texture but it was good as is. Thank you for a great recipe!

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