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Fresh apples baked in a moist, delicious cake and topped with pecans and an amazing glaze, this snack cake is amazing! Perfect for an after-school snack, lunch box treat or a delicious dessert any day of the week!
I know I’ve probably mentioned it a time or two, but fall is hands-down my favorite season! College football, cool crisp weather, pumpkins, fall festivals and back to school supplies – all of these things bring such warm feelings and happy memories. Now that we live in Northern Virginia the past several years we’ve begun a new fall family tradition of going apple picking in the Shenandoah mountains. There are some gorgeous orchards not far from where we live, and we always seem to come home with way more apples than we know what to do with. This year I’ve got a great recipe to enjoy those sweet, delicious apples – my Frosted Apple Cinnamon Snack Cake!
The beauty of this Frosted Apple Cinnamon Snack Cake recipe is that the cake base is made from a mix! That’s right!! These NEW Pillsbury Purely Simple Cake and Frosting Mixes are absolutely perfect for making this delicious snack cake recipe! I really love baking with Pillsbury mixes, as they really take the guess-work out of baking and make it easy and fool proof. I also love the fact that these Pillsbury Purely Simple Mixes have no dyes, no preservatives, and no artificial flavors, which is always a bonus when I’m treating my family!
I was able to pick up all the ingredients for my Frosted Apple Cinnamon Snack Cake at my local Target. Man, I love that place! Not only do they carry the NEW Pillsbury Purely Simple Vanilla Cake and Frosting mixes that I needed, but Target also carries Purely Simple Cookie and Brownie mixes as well! These items are all found in the baking aisle with all of the baking mixes. Attention all Cartwheel Fans: Now through August 29th there is a Cartwheel offer where you can save 25% on any Pillsbury Purely Simple products at Target!
With the help of the Pillsbury Purely Simple Vanilla Cake and Frosting mixes, this snack cake couldn’t be easier to make! The batter comes together quickly and easy. For this snack cake, I poured the batter into a 15″ baking pan, which will allow for nice sized squares of cake. Once I spread the batter, I will sprinkle my apple chunks right on top. When baking, this cake will make your house smell amazing! The aromas of apples and cinnamon are such a wonderful fall fragrance!
After baking, allow your cake to cool for about 10 minutes. From here, have your chopped pecans ready, and mix up your Pillsbury Purely Simple Vanilla Frosting. You could easily spread this over the entire cake, however, I like to drizzle it, which makes it look really pretty! Allow the frosting to set for a few minutes before cutting and enjoying the cake.
Cut the cake into snack sized squares for everyone to enjoy! The inside of this cake turns out wonderfully moist and delicious thanks to the Pillsbury Purely Simple mix, paired with sour cream. I really love adding sour cream to mixes, as it keeps it so moist! I also mixed in cinnamon and nutmeg to the batter for a delicious, spiced fall flavor that pairs wonderfully with the apples.
The pecans sprinkled on top add a nice crunch to the cake. I love pairing pecans with apples, as they complement each other well!
- 1 pkg. Pillsbury Purely Simple Vanilla Cake Mix
- 1 c. sour cream
- ¼ c. water
- 3 eggs
- ½ tsp. cinnamon
- ¼ tsp. nutmeg
- 2 c. fresh apples, peeled and diced
- 2 Tbsp. sugar
- ¼ tsp. cinnamon
- ⅓ c. chopped pecans
- 1½ c. Pillsbury Purely Simple Vanilla Frosting Mix
- 2 Tbsp. milk
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a 15" baking sheet with baking spray. Set aside.
- With a hand or stand mixer, mix together the cake mix along with the sour cream, water and eggs. Mix until creamy and no lumps remain. Add in the cinnamon and nutmeg and mix until combined.
- In a small bowl coat the chopped apples with the 2 Tbsp of sugar and ¼ tsp of cinnamon.
- Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan. Evenly sprinkle the top the batter with the apples. Bake the cake at 350 for 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned on top. Remove from oven and let cool for about 10-15 minutes.
- While the cake cools, prepare the frosting by mixing together the frosting mix and milk. Stir until no lumps remain. Chop pecans.
- Drizzle the cake with the frosting, and top with the chopped pecans. Let frosting set before cutting. Enjoy! Store any leftovers in an airtight container. Leftovers will keep for up to 2 days.
This cake makes such a fantastic fall treat! Surprise your kids with a yummy after-school snack or lunch box treat. Bring these snack cake squares into work to enjoy with your co-workers and staff. This cake is also perfect for a PTO meeting, or a fall festival or celebration!
I hope you get to enjoy the bounty of fall and the wonderful treats that come with this glorious season. Enjoy! ~Erin
Do you have a go-to fall recipe that uses a cake mix as its base? Pillsbury Purely Simple has some great options! I would love to hear your family favorites – drop me a note in the comments section. If you need some ideas, check out Pillsbury’s Pinterest Boards for some amazing idea inspiration!