Apple Butter Cake

The name of this cake implies the use of butter but don’t be fooled by the name. There is no butter. Apple Butter is like Peanut Butter only made with apples, cinnamon, and sugar. The apples are slow cooked until tender and browned, then pureed into a spread. I made mine in a slow cooker following this recipe. It made 4 pots of apple butter!

Since I had so much apple butter, I tried to find a way to incorporate it into a cake and voila. The result is wonderfully fragrant and brimming with wintry spice.


1 ¼ cups whole-wheat flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

½ cup 2 % milk

3 tbsp oil

¼ cup maple syrup

2 eggs

½ cup apple butter

½ cup pecans, broken in pieces




  1. Preheat oven to 350 F or 180 C. Spread the pecans on a baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until browned and fragrant. Leave to cool.
  2. Grease a baking pan. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix the flour, baking powder, spices, and salt.
  4. Pour in the milk, the oil, the maple syrup and the eggs and whisk until incorporated.
  5. Add the apple butter and mix again.
  6. Fold in the cooled, toasted pecan pieces then pour batter into your baking pan.
  7. Bake for 40 min or until a toothpick comes out clean.



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