Apple Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

Apple Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting - This apple cake recipe is perfect for fall! Moist apple cake layered with peanut butter frosting and chocolate jimmies, garnished with fresh apple slices. Apples and peanut butter are meant to be together!

Apple Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting and chocolate jimmies on a white cake stand


 

This month for the Peanut Butter Bash, we're pairing peanut butter and apple. I put together this apple cake with peanut butter frosting with my son in mind. Lucian loves apples and peanut butter. I can't lie, it's a favorite of mine too. I can do some damage to a jar of peanut butter with an apple.

I have to give a shout out to my amazing apple peanut butter crumble I made last year. It was deee-licious! I could eat that crumble all fall long. Let's be honest though. If it has peanut butter in it, I'm going to think it's the best recipe that's come down the pike. Especially desserts with peanut butter frosting. Smooth, creamy, sweet peanut butter frosting. It's the ticket to peanut butter dessert happiness.

How to Make Apple Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

Top view, looking down on an Apple Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting garnished with green apple slices

The cake apple cake is incredibly moist. It's packed full of cinnamon and grated apple. You can definitely tell that there is apple in this cake. I wish I had a larger grater, but I just have a fine grater. When I grated the apples, I kept the juice and added it into the cake with the apple.

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Moist Apple Cake Recipe and Peanut Butter Frosting Recipe

Apple Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting sitting on a white cake stand
Apple cake with chocolate frosting.

Apple Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

Apple Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting - This apple cake recipe is perfect for fall! Moist apple cake layered with peanut butter frosting and chocolate jimmies, garnished with fresh apple slices. Apples and peanut butter are meant to be together!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Cooling Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24 servings

Ingredients
  

Cake

Frosting

  • 2 cups butter room temperature
  • 1 ⅓ cups smooth peanut butter
  • 5 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • chocolate sprinkles for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter for garnish
  • 1 apple sliced into 8 pieces, for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Instructions

Cake

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 4 8 inch pans with non-stick cooking spray. Dust each pan with 1 T. of flour. Tap out any excess and discard.
  • Grate about 8 or 9 small green apples. You want enough to make 3 cups of apple. Don't drain off the juice.
  • In a bowl, add in the granulated and brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir to combine.
  • Add in the vegetable oil and mix until incorporated.
  • Add in the vanilla and one egg at a time until combined and then add the next until all of the eggs have been incorporated.
  • Add in the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Mix on low until incorporated.
  • Add in the grated apple and mix on medium until combined.
  • Divide the batter into the four pans.
  • Place in the oven and let it bake for about 30 - 33 minutes or until they're done. Place a toothpick into the center of the cake and if it comes out with moist crumbs or clean, the cake is done. If there is batter, let the cakes bake longer and check again.
  • Flip the cakes out onto cooling racks and let cool completely.

Frosting

  • In a mixing bowl, add in the butter and peanut butter. Mix on medium until incorporated.
  • Add in the powdered sugar and mix until combined. Turn the mixer on high and let it beat for another two minutes.
  • Add the first layer of cake and spread peanut butter frosting until it's evenly spread out.
  • Add the next layer of cake and peanut butter frosting.
  • Repeat with the next two layers of cake. Cover the cake with the frosting.
  • Cover the bottom of the cake with the chocolate sprinkles.
  • Add about ¾ cup of the frosting in a disposable piping bag with a star tip.
  • Pipe 8 swirls on top of the cake.
  • Heat up the 2 tablespoons of peanut butter in the microwave for about 25 seconds. Stir to make the peanut butter all fluid.
  • Pour the peanut butter on top of the cake.
  • Add the lemon juice or fruit fresh to each slice of the apples. That will prevent the apples from browning.
  • Place the apples skin side up on each mound.
  • Cut and serve.

Notes

For the lemon juice you can substitute out for fresh fruit powder.
To store leftovers, place in an air tight container. You can store at room temperature for a day or two or in the refrigerator for up to 3 to 4 days.

(Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.)

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22 Comments

    1. Yes you can definitely freeze the baked cake before frosting. Let the cake cool completely and then wrap it tightly in plastic wrap to freeze. When you are ready to use it, thaw the cake at room temperature for about 2-3 hours and it will be as good as the day it was baked!

  1. Your cake tasted yummy!! My best friend and i had fun making them. And they tasted sooooo gooood!! Thank you!!

  2. I know this is an older post but anyone know if this will work as cupcakes? Thanks! Wasn't sure if they would bake properly.

    1. Hi Becca- This cake recipe will definitely work as cupcakes. It will make about 18 regular sized cupcakes. Hope this helps!

  3. This cake looks amazing! I know this is an older post but anyone know if you can make this into cupcakes and they come out alright? I know not all cake recipes work well as cupcakes (too flat, etc) thanks!

    1. Hi Becca- This cake recipe will work as cupcakes. It will make about 18 cupcakes, just reduce the cooking time to about 25 minutes. Enjoy!

  4. This looks beautiful, but 2 cups of butter in the frosting??? Some how I just can't imagine actually being able to eat it.

    1. It does seem like a lot of butter but it is used throughout the entire cake. You won't be eating all the butter yourself, I promise!

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