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Spice Cake

Don Juan's Spice Cake

This cake is nothing like your normal vanilla or chocolate dessert. Filled with Don Juan Chiles cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves, the flavor profile of this cake is indescribable.   This recipe works well as winter or holiday staple, but is just as delicious in any season with a cup of hot coffee.    Feel free to bake this cake ahead of time as it stays both moist and full of flavor for a couple of days inside of an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator, but be sure to serve at room temperature.   This cake is great topped with powdered sugar, cream cheese frosting, or nothing at all!    ¡Provecho!

thoughts before starting

Utilize a little extra of your ground spices or some whole Don Juan’s Cinnamon Sticks to decorate the top of your cake!

what you'll need to start

9×13 inch pan, mixing bowl, whisk, and mixing spoon.


  1. First, grease your 9×13 inch pan and preheat your oven to 350 degrees 
  2. Whisk your flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ground cinnamon, ground ginger, ground nutmeg, and ground cloves together
  3. Add in the oil, brown sugar, applesauce, eggs, and vanilla–whisk until combined
  4. Next, add in your shredded apple and fold it in carefully using your mixing spoon. Do this until combined, no need to use a whisk
  5. Pour batter into greased pan and bake for 45 to 50 minutes. The cake is finished when a toothpick can be inserted and removed cleanly from the center of the cake
  6. Allow for the cake to cool completely and decorate with powdered sugar, spices, or your favorite frosting if desired

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