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Dulce de Leche Spice Cake with Apple Butter Filling

This spice cake is soft and full of all your favorite fall flavors. Topped with a creamy dulce de leche frosting and a hidden layer of apple butter, and it's sure to be a favorite for fall.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Refrigerator Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 55 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 24 people


Spice Cake

  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 large eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 ½ cups AP flour
  • 2 tsps cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon all spice
  • 1 cup apple butter

Dulce de Leche Frosting

  • 1 cup dulce de leche
  • 2 cups butter
  • 5 cups powdered sugar


Spice Cake

  • Preheat oven to 350F. Grease and line 2 8-inch cake pans.
  • Cream together butter and sugar for 3 minutes until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and eggs one at a time until full incorporate. Cream for 5 minutes until fluffy and light in color. In a separate bowl, mix dry ingredients. Alternate adding milk and dry ingredients until full combined.
  • Add batter to cake pans. Bake for 35-40 minutes. Let cool completely.

Frosting and Assembly

  • Beat butter for 5 minutes until lightened and fluffy. Slowly pour in dulce de leche, continue to beat for another few minutes until mixture is fluffy again. Add in powdered sugar.
  • Place your first layer of cake on your cake stand, covering with a generous layer of icing. Pipe around the edge of the surface to serve as a barrier for the apple butter. Place around 1 cup of apple butter in the center, smooth.
  • Place second layer on top and dirty ice the cake. Place in fridge for 30 minutes until frosting is set.
  • Frost the cake and put back in the fridge for an additional 30 minutes until set. Before serving, microwave around 1 cup of dulce de leche until it runs in a constant ribbon off of your spoon (about 30-45 seconds). Pour over cake and serve immediately.
Keyword apple butter, baked fruit, cake, dulce de leche, fall, fall desert, fall recipes, fruit, fruit spread, spice cake
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