This Woodland themed apple spice cake is filled with apple butter, cinnamon, and loads of sweetness! The cinnamon cream cheese frosting is just what this lovely naked cake needs.
This was my first time ever making a naked cake, and it was so much fun! AND, this cake is probably one of my favorite cake recipes because it’s so yummy and easy to make. It’s so moist, and so beautiful! Naked cakes are the new hottest cakes on the market right now, and I totally understand why! They are honestly so easy to make, and so delicious. I was afraid their wouldn’t be enough frosting to fit my tastebud needs, however, the layers are filled with so much frosting that each bite is perfectly sweet and moist.
What I love about the naked cake is that it’s so easy and quick to assemble. They usually look fancy and like no beginner baker could make one, but that is far from the truth! You don’t need tons of frosting (which is good because I always run out!), and they don’t have to look perfect! The naked cake is all about that rustic feel.
I was inspired by nature when I made this cake, which is why it’s topped with little forest animals and surrounded by fresh eucalyptus. Cake toppers are gorgeous, but they can often be expensive. I found these adorable animals for a few dollars each at Hobby Lobby! Sometimes when making cakes you can be on a budget, and that’s totally okay! You just need to be creative, maybe don’t get inspiration from Etsy, and hit up your local Hobby Lobby or dollar store. Fresh flowers to decorate naked cakes can also be expensive. I found this eucalyptus for a few dollars a bundle at Trader Joe’s, and it made this cake look extra woodsy and tempting!
One last note: apple butter. Apple butter in cakes is one of the best ways to sweeten up a cake and add moisture. Whenever I make a cake with apple butter it ALWAYS comes out moist and super flavorful. You can find apple butter at any grocery store near the jellies and honey.
- 1 c. whole wheat flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon cloves
- 1/2 stick butter, softened
- 1/2 c. brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 c. apple butter
- 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
- 1 1/2 c. powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Spray 2 cake pans or line with parchment paper.
- In a bowl combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and cloves. Mix well.
- In a larger bowl, combine the softened butter and sugar. Beat using an electric mixer until creamy for about 1 minute.
- Add the egg, and beat with the mixer.
- Gently add in the apple butter.
- Add the flour mixture, mixing by hand until it’s well mixed.
- Pour the batter into the pans, using a spatula to evenly spread the mixture in the pan.
- Bake for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick or knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Completely cool cakes.
- Beat the butter and cream cheese until fluffy.
- Add the powdered sugar and spices. Beat until well combined and fluffy.
- Using a cake turntable, gently place one layer of cake in the center.
- Add a generous amount of frosting and spread evenly.
- Place the next layer on top, and evenly spread frosting on the top.
- Using a cake spatula, frost the sides of the cake just enough to add a thin layer to coat the cake.
- Press a pastry/cake scraper against the side of the cake vertically.
- Spin the turntable so the scraper evenly scrapes off the icing to reveal the cake.