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Glazed Fresh Apple Cake

Packed with fall flavor, this Fresh Apple Cake is topped with a simple powdered sugar glaze. It's made in a 9x13-inch pan, so there's no layering or assembly required! 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple cake, apple dessert
Servings: 12 slices
Calories: 393kcal


  • ¾ cup unsalted butter softened
  • cups packed dark brown sugar
  • 1⅓ teaspoons vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • teaspoons baking powder
  • teaspoons apple pie spice
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • cups whole buttermilk
  • 2 cups peeled and shredded apple (about 2 large apples; Gala or honey crisp work well)
  • 11 (¼-inch thick) crosswise slices of apple (to top cake with)


  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk, any kind (I used 2%)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 325°F. Lightly grease a 9x13-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat butter, brown sugar, and vanilla with a hand mixer or stand mixer with fitted paddle attachment at medium speed until fluffy, about 3-4 minutes, stopping to scrape sides of bowl. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, apple pie spice, baking soda, and salt. With the mixer of low speed, gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture, beating until just combined after each addition.
  • Gently stir in shredded apple. Pour batter into prepared pan and arrange apple slices over top of batter.
  • Bake for about 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out mostly clean. Let cool completely in pan.
  • To make the glaze: In a small bowl, whisk together powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla until smooth. Drizzle over cooled cake. Garnish with apple pie spice, if desired.


  • Recipe adapted from 13x9 Cakes Magazine - 2019


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 393kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 267mg | Potassium: 189mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 466IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 93mg | Iron: 2mg