Applesauce Walnut Spice Cake with Cinnamon Buttercream

Applesauce Spice Cake with Cinnamon Buttercream made with a boxed Duncan Hines mix is the perfect holiday, fall themed treat. A great dessert for Thanksgiving, this sheet cake for a crowd is topped with whipped cinnamon buttercream.

Applesauce Walnut Spice Cake…this one tastes like Fall!

What if I told you could make a really delicious, flavorful cake with a boxed cake mix?

Yep, it’s totally possible and turns out totally delicious!

Yeah, I know, seems like “cheating” in the baking realm with the boxed cake, but I think it’s fair game.  I mean, we are adding more ingredients, so it’s not totally a boxed cake mix….right?!

One of my favorite ways to make an easy dessert, but make it feel homemade is to start with a boxed cake (check out this recipe that also starts with a boxed cake mix!).

It cuts your time in half usually, which is a score when you’re trying to bake something to include the kids.

You can make this with a yellow cake mix and add in your own spices, but to make it EVEN EASIER, look for a box of Spice Cake.

It’s delicious all on it’s own, but when we elevate it with a few more ingredients and a whipped cinnamon buttercream…mmmmm this one is divine!

This cake is incredibly easy to make and really brings in all the flavors of the season. 

Applesauce Spice Cake with Cinnamon Buttercream made with a boxed Duncan Hines mix is the perfect holiday, fall themed treat. A great dessert for Thanksgiving, this sheet cake for a crowd is topped with whipped cinnamon buttercream.
Applesauce Spice Cake with Cinnamon Buttercream made with a boxed Duncan Hines mix is the perfect holiday, fall themed treat. A great dessert for Thanksgiving, this sheet cake for a crowd is topped with whipped cinnamon buttercream.

Here’s the how-to so you can make this one at home!

Ingredients:

For the Spice Cake:

  • Spice Cake Mix
  • Applesauce
  • Butter
  • Walnuts
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg

For the frosting you’ll need

  • Butter
  • Powdered sugar
  • Vanilla
  • Milk
  • Cinnamon

Most of the ingredients are repeats for the frosting and cake so you barely have a shopping list for this one.

For equipment, all you need is a bowl, spatula, baking pan. And then a hand mixer to whip up that frosting!

It’s just that simple!

Now for the directions:

It all starts with a box of Spice cake mix.  It was a bit hard to find in my grocery store, but I eventually got ahold of it. 

Hopefully it’s easier to find where you’re at!  I think I just tried to buy spiced cake in late summer and you really need to wait for Fall to see lots of them!

Anyways, toss that mix in a bowl and add some applesauce, a bit of cinnamon and a little more of this and that and you’ve got yourself an incredible sheet cake.

Bake in an 8×11 or make it a two layer cake by baking in two 8inch circle pans.

For the cinnamon buttercream, you literally just have to whip it up and you’re ready to frost it!

This is an incredible dessert to take to a doctor’s office as a gift, to your kid’s school office staff for a surprise treat or just to enjoy at home while watching a Fall themed Hallmark movies (when are those gonna start anyway?! Not so patiently waiting over here…).

I mean, I’ve got my Applesauce Walnut Spice Cake with Cinnamon Buttercream…I guess I can just enjoy this while I wait.

Applesauce Spice Cake with Cinnamon Buttercream made with a boxed Duncan Hines mix is the perfect holiday, fall themed treat. A great dessert for Thanksgiving, this sheet cake for a crowd is topped with whipped cinnamon buttercream.

If you do make this Applesauce Walnut Spice Cake with Cinnamon Buttercream  be sure to tag me on Instagram! I’d love to check it out and feature you on my page 🙂


Applesauce Spice Cake made with a boxed Duncan Hines mix is the perfect holiday, fall themed treat. A great dessert for Thanksgiving, this sheet cake for a crowd is topped with whipped cinnamon buttercream.

Applesauce Walnut Spice Cake with Cinnamon Buttercream

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 10 mins
Total Time 5 hrs 22 mins
Course Dessert, holidays
Servings 12 slices

Ingredients
  

For the Cake:

  • 1 box Spice Cake mix
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/3 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 1/2 cup walnuts roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg

For the Frosting:

  • 1 cup 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 3-4 tsp. milk start with less and add more until desired consistency
  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon

Instructions
 

For the cake

  • Preheat oven to 375F.  Grease a 9"x13" cake pan and set aside.
  • Combine all ingredients except walnuts with an electric mixer until smooth.  Fold in the walnuts.  Pour into baking dish and bake for 45-50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Allow to cool in pan for 30 minutes before inverting onto serving dish.

For Frosting:

  • Beat butter in the bowl of a stand mixer (or with handheld electric mixer) until fluffy and creamy (about 2 minutes).  Add in powdered sugar and beat on low (so as not to make a huge mess!).
  • Add vanilla and 2 tsp. of milk.  Keep mixing and adding little bits of milk until it reaches your desired consistency.  Add cinnamon and beat until evenly distributed.
  • Frost cake once it's completely cooled, cut in squares and you're good to go!

Looking for more Fall recipes?  Here are some savory ones!

Asiago Butternut Squash is the perfect dinner when you want something warm and comforting for Fall!

Butternut Squash Risotto

Fall is here with this carrot and sweet potato soup. Warm, comforting, and perfect for a chilly evening, this is even delicious with a bit of spice!

Cozy Carrot & Sweet Potato Soup

7 thoughts on “Applesauce Walnut Spice Cake with Cinnamon Buttercream”

  1. Thank you for the recipe. We always have so many apples left over from apple picking, can’t wait to try this!

  2. ♡Stephanie Stebbins♡ (@stephsteb)

    YUM!! This look so good, I wish I could grab a piece through my screen, lol! Oh well, I’m gonna give it a try myself, thanks!

  3. Heather LeGuilloux

    My goodness your desserts always look so delectable! I also love the addition of walnuts. They always seem to add a depth of flavour and crunchy texture that I really enjoy, especially with such a fun dessert.

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