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Apple Pecan Naked Cake

A moist spice cake with apples and pecans.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Apple, Cake
Servings: 10 people


  • 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


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease cake pan and set aside.
  • Cream together butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar in the bowl of stand mixer until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla extract until combined.
  • In a separate bowl combine or sift together flour, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, allspice, and salt.
  • 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.
  • Fold in apples and pecans with a spatula until mixed.
  • 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.