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

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 1 loaf (or 4 mini loaves)
Author Musselman's


  • 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.

Recipe Notes

*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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