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sour cream spice cake on a serving plate

Sour Cream Spice Cake

  • Author: Glenda Embree
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 12-15 servings 1x


If fall and the holidays could be baked into a cake, this moist and delicious spice cake would be it! The light citrus notes are a beautiful complement to the warm spices and the tangy cream cheese frosting is pefection!


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 3/4 cups dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 large orange, zest and juice
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 recipe Cream Cheese Frosting (see in notes)


  1. Preheat oven to 350° and grease a 9x13 cake pan.
  2. Cream the butter and brown sugar together in the bowl of your stand mixer.
  3. Add the apple sauce, sour cream, eggs, orange juice, zest and vanilla and beat until the ingredients are incorporated.
  4. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda and spices.  Mix until the dry ingredients are fully incorporated into the batter.
  5. Mix in the pecans.
  6. Bake in a greased 9x13 pan, for 35-45 minutes at 350°.
  7. Remove the cake from the oven when the edges have pulled slightly away from the sides of the pan and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  8. Cool the cake, in the pan, on a cooling rack.
  9. When completely cool, frost it with one recipe of Cream Cheese Frosting (recipe in the notes, below) and if desired, sprinkle with a few additional chopped pecans.


Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe (enough to ice a cake in a 9x13 pan)

In the bowl of your stand mixer beat a softened 8 oz bar of cream cheese, 1 Tablespoon of vanilla, and 1 pound of powdered (confectioners) sugar, until the frosting is smooth and creamy.  If the consistency is too thick for you, add 1-3 teaspoons of milk, a teaspoon at a time, until you achieve the desired consistency.

Frost your completely cooled cake.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Category: Dessert, Cake
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American