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Apple Butter Spice Cake

A deliciously simple and crazy moist cake recipe that resembles a quick bread. Loaded with apple butter, spice, and buttermilk, and then covered with a sweet orange glaze. Apple Butter Spice Cake is perfect with coffee and makes great gifts! So after family portraits lost their appeal he started making stop-motion videos of Matchbox car crashes on the living room floor. One of them came complete with a tow truck handling the wreckage. It was super creative and adorable, but then I stepped on one too many cars/legos/wooden blocks littering the floor and we had to shut video production down. So then Evan started crashing my food photo shoots which is pretty much the most flattering and squishy cute thing in the whole entire world.

He hovers behind me until I am through and then swoops in to get a few shots. Watching him watch the world through a camera is really really endearing and wonderful. He is observing and learning what he likes and is figuring things out in his own little ten-year-old way.




1 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup chopped pecans


2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup white sugar
3/4 cup apple butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup whole bran cereal or wheat germ
1 cup sour cream
2 eggs, room temperature

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9×13-inch pan.
Prepare the topping by mixing together the brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and chopped pecans.
Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Beat butter and sugar together in a large bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy; add eggs one at a time, thoroughly beating each egg into the butter mixture before adding the next. Add apple butter, vanilla, and wheat germ or bran cereal. Add sifted dry ingredients alternately with sour cream; mix well after each addition.
Pour half the batter into the prepared pan; sprinkle with half of the topping. Pour remaining batter into pan and top with the rest of the topping.
Bake in the preheated oven until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean, about 40 minutes.

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