Apple Brandy Pecan Cake

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling


20 servings

Updated: Nov. 28, 2023
My favorite apple cake is made with a shot of brandy and drizzled with caramel to set off the wonderful flavors. If alcohol is a no-go, use orange juice instead of apple brandy. If you'd rather follow a chocolate route, add mini chocolate chips to the cake and use chocolate ice cream topping for the drizzle. —Nancy Heishman, Las Vegas, Nevada
Apple Brandy Pecan Cake Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons apple brandy
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 medium tart apples, peeled, cored and chopped (about 3 cups)
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • Hot caramel ice cream topping, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly grease a 13x9-in. baking pan.
  2. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until well blended, about 3 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in applesauce and brandy. In another bowl, whisk flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg; gradually add to butter mixture. Fold in apples and pecans.
  3. Transfer to prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 40-50 minutes. Cool completely. If desired, top with caramel topping.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 223 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 40mg cholesterol, 201mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.