Apple Pecan Rustic Naked Cake

Learn how to make this Apple Pecan Rustic Naked Cake, a moist and forgiving spice cake baked with apples and pecans and topped with brown sugar buttercream.

Learn how to make this Apple Pecan Rustic Naked Cake, a moist and forgiving spice cake baked with apples and pecans and topped with brown sugar buttercream.

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Could this cake be any more “fall”? I have loved the look of naked cakes for a while now, and I absolutely love the idea of not having to frost the entire cake. They are a style of cake that is very forgiving, and you don’t have to worry about trimming tops of layers, crumb coats, etc. Yes, please!

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And as far as the taste of the cake goes- it was delicious. The layers were extremely moist- the base cake mix is similar to a spice cake with the added interesting crunch of pecans and the baked apples. For frosting, I went with a brown sugar buttercream, which was very sweet but complimented the flavors of the cake perfectly. I displayed it on my new wood and marble cake stand. I tell you, I have never been so obsessed with a cake stand… and I have a rather out-of-control collection! Learn how to make this Apple Pecan Rustic Naked Cake, a moist and forgiving spice cake baked with apples and pecans and topped with brown sugar buttercream.

Notice I speak of this cake in the past tense- I wish I could say because we ate it all, but unfortunately that’s not the case.

I left it on the counter with a bowl over it when I went to pick up my son from preschool. When I returned, there was frosting all over the floor, cake scattered everywhere, and a very guilty looking Lucy dog sitting in the middle of the mess. Luckily I had already gotten photos and removed it from the cake stand- if she had broken it I would have been very sad.

I hope you enjoy this cake and make sure to keep it away from those pesky pups!

Learn how to make this Apple Pecan Rustic Naked Cake, a moist and forgiving spice cake baked with apples and pecans and topped with brown sugar buttercream.

Apple Pecan Rustic Naked Cake

Serves 10

A moist spice cake with apples and pecans.
Prep Time: 30 min
Cook Time: 40 min
Total Time: 1 hr 10 min

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 cups of peeled and diced apples (I prefer honeycrisp)
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease cake pan and set aside.
  • Cream together butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar in the bowl of stand mixer until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla extract until combined.
  • In a separate bowl combine or sift together flour, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, allspice, and salt.
  • Add 1/3 of flour combination to the bowl of the stand mixer and mix on low speed. Follow with half of the milk. Alternate milk and flour until all are combined.
  • Fold in apples and pecans with a spatula until mixed.
  • Pour into pan and bake for 30-40 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.

Notes

Adapted from Price Chopper

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2 thoughts on “Apple Pecan Rustic Naked Cake

  1. Hello Nina,

    I just made this cake and it fell apart taking it out of the pans. I did grease the pans as you said. Cooked it 40 minutes until a toothpick came out clean. What do you think? I made one recipe and put this in two eight inch pans! It tastes good!

    I was so looking forward to making that frosting and eating it !

    • Hi Marianne,

      Hmm, I’m not sure what would cause that… I would guess less milk, as it sounds like a moisture thing. Also letting the cake cool and harden completely. So many things factor into cake moisture, but I’d start with minimizing the milk. Sorry that it didn’t come out like you had hoped :(

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