Apple Pecan Spice Cake with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting


4 cups Granny Smith Apples chopped into small pieces
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
1 cup pecans roughly chopped
Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting:
1 package cream cheese frosting 8 ounce, room temperature
1/4 cup butter softened
2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup golden brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease and flour a 9×13 inch baking pan. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, combine apples and sugar. Stir in oil, eggs, and vanilla.

In another mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Add the flour mixture to the apple mixture. Add milk and stir until just combined. Add chopped pecans.

Pour into prepared 9×13 inch pan. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool completely.

To make the frosting: Beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add butter and continue to beat until smooth scraping down sides when needed. Add vanilla and brown sugar. Beat for 5 minutes until it is light and fluffy and the sugar has dissolved. Spread evenly on top of the cake. Refrigerate after frosting.