Pumpkin Apple Spice Cake

Pumpkin Apple Spice Cake

Pumpkin Apple Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Glaze is just oozing with the flavors of Fall and comes together quickly with the help of a box of Spice Cake Mix!

Two of my absolute favorite flavors of fall are without a doubt, pumpkin and apple, yet it’s not very often that I see these two flavors combined. I decided to take this matter into my own hands when I came up with this recipe for Pumpkin Apple Spice Cake with a Cream Cheese Glaze and I’m glad I did. This cake is just oozing with all of my favorite flavors of Fall!

Pumpkin Apple Spice Cake 6I got a lot of positive feedback from all of you a couple of weeks ago when I shared a recipe for Devil’s Food Cake Mix cookies. The message I generally got was that you really appreciated how easy they were to make, and that you were a fan of taking a little help from the store and using cake mix to make something delicious. With that in mind, I decided that this Pumpkin Apple Spice Cake would be based off a box of Spice Cake Mix from the grocery store. It comes together fast, yet looks SO impressive!

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The method is simple and easy! You’ll start by arranging some apples, brown sugar, cinnamon and butter on the bottom of a bundt pan. With your mixer, you’ll combine the Spice Cake Mix (I used Betty Crocker), water, eggs, oil, and a 15 ounce can of pumpkin and pour this mixture over the apples. Into the oven it’ll go for 45-50 minutes to bake!

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I let this Pumpkin Apple Spice Cake cool for about 10 minutes after it came out of the oven before flipping it onto a plate. While the cake cooled, I made a cream cheese glaze to drizzle on top and it compliments it superbly! 

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A couple of tips: Make sure you grease your bundt pan *really* well, otherwise the cake will stick to the sides of the pan. 

Pumpkin Apple Spice Cake

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Prep Time: 10mn
Cook Time: 50mn
Total Time: 1hr


  • 2 granny smith apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 box Spice Cake Mix (I used Betty Crocker)
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1- 15 ounce can pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix)


  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350. Grease a 12-cup (or larger) bundt or flute pan really well, or spray it with non-stick cooking spray. If you do not grease the pan well, the cake will stick and will not easily remove from the pan. You can never over-grease a bundt pan!
  2. Poor 5 tablespoons of melted butter on the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle brown sugar evenly over the butter. Arrange apple slices on top of the butter and brown sugar. Sprinkle apples with cinnamon.
  3. With your mixer, beat together cake mix, water, eggs, vegetable oil, and pumpkin. Mix on low for about 30 seconds, then beat for about 2 minutes on high.
  4. Pour the cake mixture over the apples and bake for about 45-50 minutes (even as long as an hour, depending on the type of pan you’re using), or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Run a knife around the edge to prevent the cake from sticking.
  5. Allow the cake to cool on a wire cooling rack for 10-15 minutes before carefully flipping it onto a plate. 
  6. While the cake continues to cool, make the cream cheese glaze. Beat 4 ounces cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add in confectioners sugar and vanilla and mix well. Add in milk, one tablespoon at a time until you’ve reached the desired consistency for the glaze. It’s going to be slightly runny but will firm up as it sits on the cake.
  7. Transfer the glaze to a plastic bag, snip the corner, and pipe the glaze over the cooled cake. Cut into slices and serve.

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  1. I wish I could make this. I am deathly allergic to Allspice.

  2. That is a great idea but how would I add the correct amount of spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves?

  3. Thank you for the info. I am making it this weekend. Love your recipes.

  4. Making this right now.. Using a dark non stick pan.. So put temp at 325 like you said… But it’s been in there a lot longer than 50 minutes and still toothpick doesnt come out clean!!!

  5. So I tried to make this today.. Only I used a silicone bunt pan… Because the recipe says for nonstick bake at 325… Well after 2hrs it still Wasnt cooked! So I turned up the oven to 350 and cooked it for another 40 minutes and it still didnt cook right!!!! :(… Is it because of the pan???

    • Oh no Katie Vaillancourt! I’ve never cooked with silicone pans before so I’m not really sure what adjustments you’d need to make. I did tinker with the baking time just a bit today, and decided it’s best to cook it at 350 instead of 325 regardless of whether or not it’s non-stick, but it really should be baked in no longer than 60 minutes. I’m so sorry it didn’t turn out for you. :(

  6. I made this earlier today and I have to say that it could quite possibly be the best cake I’ve ever had! It is delicious!

  7. Where do you find pumpkin puree

  8. I think it was because of the pan… And that fact that it was only a 9 1/2″?! It was way to moist.. But after being in the fridge overnight it seems to have “congealed” together a bit and tastes pretty damn good!!!! Lol will try again in a proper pan! LOVE ur recipes by the way!!!

  9. Just made this and it was so easy! Can’t wait to taste it but if the frosting is any indication of this cake, it’s gonna be delish! Thank you for this recipe! I’m sure I’ll be making it again.

  10. Francesca Pitruzzello

    I made it yesterday and it was DELICIOUS!!! Tastes like Fall!

  11. Courtney Thornton Dalton

    I just made this tonight and it was amazing!

  12. This looks amazing. I really want to try this but I prefer not to use box mixes. Do you have any suggestions? Thank you.

  13. This cake was amazing. What a perfect fall dessert! I followed your directions to the letter and luckily had no issues–it took about an hour at 350 in a dark metal bundt pan.

    We have enjoyed all the recipes from your website that we have tried so far!

  14. I could of made this Gale Kincheloe if u would of got me that pan lol

  15. Sandra Chaney Tanner

    I’ve just took this out of the oven!!! Man,it’s smelling some kind of good!

  16. Nancy Nicastri-Schott

    This was sooo good! The frosting is delish! Definitely gonna make this again

  17. This would b a delicious treat to add to the thanksgiving menu! Sound yummy!!!

  18. This is an awesome cake! I did, however, make some changes. I used MacIntosh apples. I love their tart flavor! I sliced them in larger, thicker slices to make up for their soft texture in cooking. Because of the brown sugar, I decided to scratch the glaze. I served each slice with a healthy mound of whipped cream. It was so delicious, my daughter made me promise to make this cake for Thanksgiving rather than the typical pumpkin pie. This cake is the best cake I’ve had in years! Love it.

  19. it looks yummy.I wish I could find my old recipe for pumpkin loaf or bundt cake.I added candied cherries and mixed peel & walnuts & it was just like a Christmas fruit cake.

  20. does it have to be a bundt tin?

  21. I made this tonight, but my yellow cake mix only called for 1/3 c. oil, which is what I used. The cake fell, though it still looked decent. It was almost the consistency of pumpkin pie. Is this how it’s supposed to turn out? Because I didn’t have spice cake mix, I added 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1 tsp. cardamom, and 1/2 tsp. ginger. It was yummy!

  22. I made this last night. It was wonderful- super easy to make and tastes amazing. Thank you for the recipe!

  23. Made it. It was GREAT. The smell alone was thrum the whole house. Thank you I will be making this again

  24. I can do it for you when I get back into town :)

  25. You need to be arrested for pushing such decadence LOL love your recipes and thank you for sharing them this looks amazing and cannot wait to try it

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