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 minutes
  • Cook Time: 70 minutes
  • Total Time: 1.5 hours
  • Yield: 12 slices 1x


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
  • 34 tsp. milk (start with less and add more until desired consistency)
  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon


For the cake

  1. Preheat oven to 375F.  Grease a 9″x13″ cake pan and set aside.
  2. 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:

  1. 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!).
  2. 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.
  3. Frost cake once it’s completely cooled, cut in squares and you’re good to go!

  • Category: dessert, holidays