Apple Pecan Layer Cake with Brown Butter Frosting

Bake this delicious apple cake topped by brown butter frosting with a nutty twist -- a perfect Halloween treat!


12 servings

Cake Ingredients

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups granulated (white) sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 1/2 cups applesauce
3/4 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Brown Butter Frosting Ingredients

1/2 cup butter (do not use margarine)
4 1/2 cups confectioners' (powdered) sugar
6 to 8 tablespoons apple juice


Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Grease two 9-inch round baking pans with Pan Release or baking spray with flour.

In large bowl, mix flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Add applesauce, oil and eggs; beat with electric mixer on low speed until moistened. Beat on high speed 2 minutes. Stir in pecans. Pour batter into pans.

Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans. Cool completely.

In small heavy saucepan, brown butter over medium heat, stirring constantly, until light golden brown. Remove from heat; cool completely. In large bowl, beat browned butter, powdered sugar and 4 tablespoons of the apple juice with electric mixer on low speed until moistened. Continue beating until well blended, adding additional apple juice until desired spreading consistency. Fill and frost cake.

Estimated Time

Preparation Time: 35 minutes
Bake Time: 40 minutes
Cool Time: 1 hour

Additional Information

While the kids are enjoying their own Halloween treats, the adults can indulge in a slice of this moist spice cake with brown butter frosting. Serve with rum-raisin or cinnamon ice cream and hot apple cider.

Nutritional Information

1 Serving (1 Serving): Calories 670 (Calories from Fat 230), Total Fat 26 g (Saturated Fat 7 g, Trans Fat 0 g), Cholesterol 55 mg; Sodium 410 mg; Total Carbohydrate 106 g (Dietary Fiber 2 g, Sugars 83 g), Protein 4 g; Exchanges: 1 Starch; 6 Other Carbohydrate; 5 Fat; Carbohydrate Choices: 7

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