Gingerbread Apple Pie Cake Recipe

This Gingerbread Apple Pie Cake is soft, moist, with the perfect blend of ginger, nutmeg, and sweet brown sugar. This sweet treat is perfect for any occasion!

A slice of gingerbread apple pie cake

It’s important to have a few desserts in your arsenal of recipes that don’t take a lot of time or ingredients to put together. And I am here to tell you, this Gingerbread Apple Pie Cake recipe needs to be added to your stockpile.

The best part about this cake is that it is incredibly quick and easy to make – all you need is a box of gingerbread mix, about 3 apples, some brown sugar and spices, and a little butter and flour. It takes about 10 minutes to put the whole thing together and get it into the oven.

A slice of gingerbread apple pie cake on a white plate

How To Make Gingerbread Apple Pie Cake

All the exact steps are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post. First, here are some step-by-step pictures showing you how I made it.

Use Boxed Cake Mix

Start by making the gingerbread cake mix according to the box directions. I find the box mix to be a bit on the mild side so I like to add some additional spices to bump up the flavor.

The ingredients for the cake - cinnamon dusted apples, cake mix, and a crumb topping

Pour the prepared cake mix into a prepared 8”x8” cake pan and set it to the side. Toss the sliced apples in a bowl with some lemon juice, brown sugar and cinnamon.  Cut the apples on the thin side – about 1/8” thick. This just ensures that the apples bake up tender in the cake.

Make the Easy Crumb Topping

For the butter crumble topping, add flour, brown sugar, salt and a stick of butter to a bowl.  Using a fork or a pastry blender, work ingredients together until combined and has a crumbly consistency. It’s okay if you leave a few bigger pieces of butter in the mix.

Cinnamon apples in a cake batter

Assemble the Apple Pie Cake

To assemble the cake, pour the coated apples on top of the prepared cake mix and top with the butter crumble topping.  Pop that cake in the oven for about 30 to 35 minutes.  It doesn’t take long for your kitchen to start smelling like fall with all those delicious spices filling the air.

Gingerbread Apple Pie Cake ready for the oven

This Gingerbread Apple Pie cake is simply delicious and not overly sweet. It’s perfect in the morning with a cup of coffee or tea.  You can even top the cake with a little sweetened whipped cream, vanilla ice cream, or even a little maple glaze.

Hot gingerbread apple pie cake fresh out of the oven

It’s also the perfect sweet treat to throw together over the holidays or when you have guests. The ginger spice in this cake is not overwhelming at all but if you aren’t a huge fan of gingerbread, you can easily swap it out for a spice cake or buttery vanilla mix instead. Either way, you can’t go wrong.

A slice of apple pie cake on a white plate

This Gingerbread Apple Pie Cake is soft, moist, with the perfect blend of ginger, nutmeg and sweet brown sugar. A delicious crumb topped apple pie - perfect for any occasion! | OHMY-CREATIVE.COM
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Gingerbread Apple Pie Cake

This Gingerbread Apple Pie Cake is soft, moist, with the perfect blend of ginger, nutmeg and sweet brown sugar. A delicious crumb topped apple pie – perfect for any occasion!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time35 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple pie cake
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 287kcal


  • 8×8-inch baking dish
  • Mixing Bowls


Crumble Topping

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter cut into small pieces

Apple Mixture

  • 3 large apples peeled, cored and thinly sliced (1/8″)
  • 4 Tbsp. packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice


  • 1 box gingerbread cake mix
  • 1-1/4 cup water
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. cloves


  • Heat oven to 350°F (dark or nonstick pan – 325°F). Spray 8×8-inch pan with baking spray.
  • In a large bowl, beat together cake ingredients with an electric hand mixture on low for 30 seconds, then turn to medium speed for 2 minutes. Pour into prepared pan.
  • In a medium bowl, gently toss sliced apples with brown sugar, cinnamon and lemon juice; set aside.
  • In another medium bowl, stir together flour, 1/2 cup brown sugar and the salt. With a fork or pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Set aside.
  • Pour and spread apple mixture over top of cake batter. Sprinkle butter crumble over top.
  • Bake 30-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely,


Serving: 9g | Calories: 287kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 77mg | Potassium: 143mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 425IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 1mg

Recipe created by ezeBreezy – Life Simplified.

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Hi, I’m Susan! Thanks for stopping by Oh My! Creative. I like to have fun, make fun things…you know, create stuff! I love DIY, decorating and design and like any girl…shopping and lunch!
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  1. Ah – breakfast for Christmas morning! Thanks for sharing on the What’s for Dinner link up and don’t forget to leave a comment at the party – Next week’s features that also leave a comment get pinned, yummed and tweeted!

  2. Thanks for the awesome recipe 🙂 the 8×8 seemed a bit full so I put a cookie sheet under and it did end up boiling over 😬. But all in all everyone loved it 💙

  3. 5 stars
    I bought king author’s gingerbread cake & cookie mix. It needs nothing. I used your topping & with the apples. Took it to a party, None was left!

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