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Apple Butter Layer Cake
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Apple Butter Layer Cake

Triple layers of moist goodness this Apple Butter Layer Cake is a fall treat covered and filled with a lightly spiced cinnamon cream cheese frosting and chopped pecans!
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 14 slices
Calories: 926kcal


  • 2 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp all-spice
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup apple butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans


  • 1 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3 8 oz blocks cream cheese, softened
  • 8-10 cups powdered sugar
  • 5-6 Tbs milk or heavy cream
  • 1 1/2-2 tsp cinnamon
  • Chopped and whole pecans for decorating


  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Prepare 3 8" round baking pans with cooking spray or parchment paper.
  • In bowl whisk together your flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice.
  • In another bowl beat together your butter and shortening until light and fluffy.
  • Beat in your eggs one at a time until blended.
  • Alternate adding your dry ingredients and milk to your butter mixture until incorporated.
  • Mix in your apple butter.
  • Fold in your chopped pecans.
  • Pour into prepared pans and bake for about 30 minutes or until center is set and toothpick comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven and turn out onto cool racks to cool completely.
  • Meanwhile to make your frosting beat your butter and shortening together until light and fluffy.
  • Add in your cream cheese and continue to beat until blended.
  • One cup at a time mix in your powdered sugar adding your heavy cream as needed.
  • Lastly mix in your cinnamon tasting as you add for desired flavor.
  • To assemble, layer 1 of your cake rounds on a turntable or cake stand and add about 1+ cups of frosting and spread to about 1/2 inch away from edges.
  • Top with another layer of cake and repeat.
  • Once top cake layer is added, start frosting your cake along the sides in a thin layer to create a crumb coat to seal in the cake.
  • Refrigerate for about 20 minutes.
  • Remove from refrigerator and finish frosting from top down.
  • Decorate with dollops of frosting on top with chopped pecans and chopped pecans around the side if desired.


Calories: 926kcal | Carbohydrates: 110g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 53g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Cholesterol: 119mg | Sodium: 494mg | Potassium: 112mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 90g | Vitamin A: 920IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 1.5mg