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Apple Pecan Naked Cake

  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 10 people 1x


A moist spice cake with apples and pecans.


  • ½ cup butter (room temperature)
  • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs (lightly beaten)
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup milk
  • 3 cups of peeled and diced apples (I prefer honeycrisp)
  • ½ cup chopped pecans


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease cake pan and set aside.
  2. Cream together butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar in the bowl of stand mixer until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla extract until combined.
  3. In a separate bowl combine or sift together flour, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, allspice, and salt.
  4. Add ⅓ of flour combination to the bowl of the stand mixer and mix on low speed. Follow with half of the milk. Alternate milk and flour until all are combined.
  5. Fold in apples and pecans with a spatula until mixed.
  6. Pour into pan and bake for 30-40 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.


I doubled the recipe and used three 10″ cake pans to create my naked cake.
I made this Brown Sugar Buttercream frosting. 
To keep the exposed cake layers moist, you can brush on simple syrup.

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Apple, Cake