Spiced Apple Cake w/ M&M's® Pecan Pie Topping
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Of all the seasons, Fall is my favorite by far! The falling leaves, the crisp air, yummy baked treats, visits to the apple orchards – these are some of the things I associate most with Fall! Speaking of baked treats, one of my favorite pie flavors of all time (pecan pie) has recently merged with one of my favorite candies of all time… yes, my friends, M&M’s® Pecan Pie have recently hit store shelves! When I first learned about this, I knew immediately that these M&M’s® would make an awesome Fall-inspired recipe! Want a sneak peek of what I came up with? #BakeInTheFun #CollectiveBias

Spiced Apple Cake w/ Crunchy Pecan Pie Topping

Spiced Apple Cake w/ M&M's® Pecan Pie Topping

Spiced Apple Cake w/ M&M’s® Pecan Pie Topping

Notice the felt leaf runner in the photo above? Yep, I made that, too, and I’ll be sharing the tutorial for the runner with you shortly! Oh, and if you love baking delicious Fall treats (and don’t we all?!), you have to check out the #bakeinthefunsweepstakes ! Enter for a chance to win a KitchenAid® Mixer!
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Every Fall, one of our favorite traditions as a family is heading over to a local farm, where they offer apple picking to the public! In the weeks leading up to our trip, I read my children books about apple picking, do some apple-inspired kids’ crafts, and talk to them about growing fruit trees. Then we head over to the apple orchard and have a fabulous day picking apples, sipping hot apple cider and enjoying some fresh, warm donuts. Here is Sophia exploring the rows of apple trees!

Picking Apples in the Fall

Picking Apples in the Fall

Besides apple picking, another Fall tradition I personally enjoy is making yummy baked treats! For my Spiced Apple Cake w/ M&M’s® Pecan Pie Topping, I headed right over to Walmart to find the ingredients. I shop at Walmart several times a week, because I love the convenience of being able to pick up so many different products in one single store. Oh, and of course, the great prices are something that always brings me back to the store! I found the M&M’s® Pecan Pie in a seasonal food aisle!

Finding the Products at Walmart

Finding the Products at Walmart

When I got home, the first thing I did was try the M&M’s® Pecan Pie and let me just say that these candies are so delicious and perfectly reminiscent of my favorite Fall pie- pecan pie! I enjoyed quite a few of them, and then realized I needed to save some for my recipe! :)

M&M's® Pecan Pie

M&M’s® Pecan Pie

Here’s the recipe for my cake!

1 cup M&M’s® Pecan Pie
1/4 cup Snapple® Apple
1 package Pillsbury™ Moist Supreme® Cake Mix
1 cup Mott’s® Apple Sauce
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 cup pecan halves
vanilla cream cheese frosting

Spiced Apple Cake w/ M&M's® Pecan Pie Topping

Spiced Apple Cake w/ M&M’s® Pecan Pie Topping

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, combine the Snapple® Apple, Pillsbury™ Moist Supreme® Cake Mix, Mott’s® Apple Sauce and cinnamon.

Spiced Apple Cake w/ M&M's® Pecan Pie Topping

Spiced Apple Cake w/ M&M’s® Pecan Pie Topping

2. Whisk ingredients together and pour into a greased cake pan.
Spiced Apple Cake w/ M&M's® Pecan Pie Topping

Spiced Apple Cake w/ M&M’s® Pecan Pie Topping

3. Bake for 25 minutes and top with the vanilla frosting.
Spiced Apple Cake w/ M&M's® Pecan Pie Topping

Spiced Apple Cake w/ M&M’s® Pecan Pie Topping

4. Chop the M&M’s® Pecan Pie and add to the top of the cake.
Chopped M&M's® Pecan Pie

Chopped M&M’s® Pecan Pie

Cake Topped with M&M's® Pecan Pie

Cake Topped with M&M’s® Pecan Pie

5. Place the pecan halves around the circumference of the cake.
Spiced Apple Cake w/ M&M's® Pecan Pie Topping

Spiced Apple Cake w/ M&M’s® Pecan Pie Topping

This cake was gorgeous to look at and delicious to eat!
Spiced Apple Cake w/ M&M's® Pecan Pie Topping

Spiced Apple Cake w/ M&M’s® Pecan Pie Topping

Between the colors of the M&M’s® Pecan Pie and the flavors within the cake & topping, this recipe is definitely perfect for the Fall season!

My husband and I cut one slice, enjoyed it and then quickly cut another slice! :)

Spiced Apple Cake w/ M&M's® Pecan Pie Topping

Spiced Apple Cake w/ M&M’s® Pecan Pie Topping

I love how the cake is soft and moist, while the topping is crunchy and sweet! It’s a wonderful balance!
Spiced Apple Cake w/ M&M's® Pecan Pie Topping

Spiced Apple Cake w/ M&M’s® Pecan Pie Topping

Did you notice that cute felt leaf runner in the pictures above? It’s a fun Fall craft that will make your table feel much more festive! Here’s the easy how-to!

felt sheets in multiple Fall-themed colors
print-out of a leaf
gray marker
hot glue

Felt Leaf Runner Tutorial

Felt Leaf Runner Tutorial

1. Trace the leaf print-out onto the sheets of felt. (Click here if you want the exact leaf template I used!)
Felt Leaf Runner Tutorial

Felt Leaf Runner Tutorial

2. Cut out the leaf shapes out of the felt.
Felt Leaf Runner Tutorial

Felt Leaf Runner Tutorial

3. Using the gray marker, draw the veins of the leaves. Then using hot glue, attach the leaves in sequence at an angle to create a pretty runner.
Felt Leaf Runner Tutorial

Felt Leaf Runner Tutorial

Perfect for any table, counter or mantel, this easy runner is a fabulous way to celebrate Fall! Here it is on my fireplace mantel! Loving it!
Felt Leaf Fall Runner

Felt Leaf Fall Runner

Planning on buying some M&M’s® for your next amazing Fall recipe? Grab this coupon here and save!!

Gearing up for Fall? Check out more delicious Fall-inspired recipes here! And then let me know in the Comments below: what are some of your favorite Fall traditions?!

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76 Responses to “Spiced Apple Cake w/ M&M’s® Pecan Pie Topping”

  1. one can never go wrong with M&Ms do one? 😀

  2. Wow, this cake looks so delicious and festive! I gotta go try those new m&ms!

  3. I bet that cake smells wonderful while it is baking. The M&Ms add a unique touch.

  4. I love apple anything! Can’t wait to try this. And the lead runner is so cute.
    I keep an insane amount of felt in my house for random activities- can’t wait to try this one!

    • EngineerMommy

      Haha, I have a good amount of felt I hold onto also- not sure why I have so much! :)
      The cake is definitely very tasty! Hope you try it! Thanks for visiting, Kate!!

  5. Oh man, that sounds AWESOME. I am going to get some of those M&M’s immediately! They are right up my alley!

    • EngineerMommy

      Yes, they are AMAZING! I’ll be picking up more of them on my next trip to Walmart, because well, there are none left around this house! :)
      Thanks for your comment, Robin!

  6. This sounds so yummy. I love spice cake and adding Pecan M&M’s will make it even better. Thanks for the recipe.

  7. I don’t care for pecans but that cake looks delicious. I pinned it to my yummy food board. :)

  8. Oh, my – how have I missed those M&M’s in the past?!?! I’ll definitely be searching for them on my next grocery trip!

  9. My Goodness that looks so good!

  10. Yum! I’m craving this now!

  11. This looks so good. I pinned the recipe and plan to make it for a fall get-together with friends later this month.

  12. Yum, I love spice cake! Thanks for sharing that delicious looking recipe. I love the fall decorations too. Too cute

  13. Firstly what a wonderful post. Look like a lot of effort went in and you should be really proud! Secondly that cake looks bloody delicious! I’ve never had spiced apply cake before but i’d love to try it after seeing this! Thirdly OH MY, how i want Australia to stock all the amazing M&M ranges! Those ones look TO DIE FOR 😀

  14. Yummy! Ok I have to find those m&ms! That pie looks delicious!! I love all these things about fall too! I can’t believe we are entering this season already.

  15. This cake looks so delicious and I love the pecans. Makes every bite so crunchy. Such beautiful decorations for fall. Love it!

  16. The cake looks so yummy! I can’t wait to try this. I also love the table runner you did.

  17. That cake looks and sounds so delicious! I can’t wait to try it because, I too, love fall and I love apple spiced cakes!

  18. This cake looks divine M/M and spice apple yummy!

  19. That recipe looks yummy! I love pecan :) This recipe would be perfect for holiday! Thanks for sharing

  20. OMG!! This is fantastic!! I’m gonna try to make this and I’m sure my hubby would love this, my kids too.

  21. Yum, looks very festive and creative. Never had pecans on a cake before but now I want to try it!

  22. I saw some of those M&M’s in the store this evening and wondered what to do with them. This is a great recipe and I am definitely going to give it a try this fall!

  23. Oh wow, what a beautiful cake and that pecan pie topping is speaking to me so dearly, yum! This is such a great treat, thanks for sharing the fall decor idea.

  24. Those flavors are completely working for me. I can not wait to dig into that recipe myself. I’m not even kidding.

  25. This looks and sounds yummy! Thanks for the very detailed step by step recipe/information. Love it!

  26. I will share this with the husband because I don’t bake! I hate turning on the oven and I’m deathly afraid of it.

    But I love to eat baked goods! :)

  27. What better way to welcome the fall than by baking this piece of goodness! It looks really yummy and easy to do!

  28. So..that looks seriously amazing. That’s definitely a dessert I could get behind (making or trying 😉 ).

  29. That looks delicioius. You know, I don’t think that I have ever had a pecan cake and if I was to try to cook one, it certainly wouldn’t come out looking as good as that one.

  30. That’s a cool craft. I’m loving that pie! Looks really good. Sounds like it is delicious!

  31. omg?!?! Pecan Pie m&ms?!?!! I so need some of these in my life. Your cake sounds pretty delicious as well :)

    • EngineerMommy

      Yes, that was my reaction as well! And let me say those candies did not disappoint! Thanks for your comment, Courtney!

  32. Fall is one of my favorite season! I haven’t tried making an spice apple cake before but with apple season here, I think it is time that I try! Looks so delicious!

  33. I’m craving this now. Looks delicious! i want to try it for my hubby and for the two boys i know they would love it.

  34. Looks amazing and delicious. Love M & M ‘s . Thank you for sharing this great recipe

  35. That cake looks amazing!! (client)

  36. It’s quick and yummy.Great recipe! I’m thinking of melting the MM’s chocolate on top of the cake. Hmmm…mouth-watering!

  37. This cake looks so scrumptious! This is perfect for autumn!

  38. Oh wow this sounds lovely. will have to give this a go. Thanks for sharing.


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