Apple Spice Cake

Apple Spice Cake Randy Mayor; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell


  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup (3 ounces) block-style fat-free cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1 cup chopped peeled Braeburn apple
  • 2 tablespoons brandy (optional)
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 teaspoons powdered sugar


Preheat oven to 350°.

Place the first 4 ingredients in a large bowl, and beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended (about 3 minutes). Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.

Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and the next 5 ingredients (flour through nutmeg), stirring with a whisk. Add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately to sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture; beat well after each addition. Stir in the apple and brandy, if desired. Spoon mixture into an 8-inch square baking pan coated with cooking spray.

Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan; cool completely on wire rack. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

  • Yield: 12 servings

Nutritional Information

Calories per serving: 205
Caloriesfromfat per serving: 25%
Fat per serving: 5.8g
Saturated fat per serving: 1.1g
Monounsaturated fat per serving: 1.4g
Polyunsaturated fat per serving: 2.8g
Protein per serving: 4.4g
Carbohydrate per serving: 33.1g
Fiber per serving: 0.8g
Cholesterol per serving: 38mg
Iron per serving: 1.3mg
Sodium per serving: 278mg
Calcium per serving: 66mg

Good to Know

Traditional recipes often call for more than two sticks of butter. Cut out fat and calories by swapping in low-fat buttermilk and vegetable oil instead. Spices like cinnamon and cloves add flavor and can improve your health without adding calories.