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Apple Cinnamon Bundt Cake is the perfect Fall dessert loaded with favorite Fall flavors, tender apples, and topped with a cinnamon sugar coating and icing. Enjoy this as a sweet treat for breakfast or dessert!
Apple Cinnamon Bundt Cake
This delicious Apple Cinnamon Bundt Cake is the perfect Fall dessert loaded with warm spices and soft tender apples. Since it’s apple season finally, an apple cake is always a good idea and this recipe couldn’t be any easier.
Made with cake mix, a few basic ingredients, and your favorite apples. We top the cooled cake with a cinnamon sugar coating and then drizzle with a cinnamon icing glaze to add more sweetness that you won’t be able to resist. This moist cake is extra soft and tender thanks to the butter and applesauce we use so it will melt in your mouth.
Apples and cinnamon are on of my favorite combinations and it’s even better when they are combined in a cake. Make this the perfect dessert by serving this cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Cake mix: We use yellow cake mix but white cake mix will work too. Yellow cake mix has more of a rich, custardy flavor.
- Butter: Instead of using oil, we use melted butter that adds a rich, buttery flavor. You could also use vegetable oil.
- Small or large apples: Use your favorite fresh apples such as Honey Crisp, Pink Lady, and Granny Smith apples. You can either leave the skin on or peel the apples before cutting or shredding them. I always prefer to use sweet apples as apposed to tart apples but you can use any.
- Eggs: We use 3 whole large eggs.
- Apple sauce: I love using the apple cinnamon flavor. The applesauce makes the cake extra moist.
- Milk: Use either whole milk or low-fat milk
- Pure vanilla extract: Adds more warm flavor.
- Spices: Ground cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.
- Brown sugar: Adds the perfect amount of sweetness.
- Cinnamon and white sugar: Used to add a sweet coating on the cake.
how to make Apple Spice Bundt Cake
Mix together cake ingredients: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and generously grease a bundt pan. You could also coat the pan with a cinnamon sugar mixer. In a large mixing bowl, beat together all of the cake ingredients except for the apples with an electric hand mixer until smooth and combined. Be sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula
Add in apples: Gently fold in the apples into the cake batter and mix until combined. Spoon batter into the prepared bundt pan.
Bake and let cake cool: Bake cake for 40-45 minutes or until the tops are light golden brown and the sides pull away from the pan. You can also insert a toothpick into the center of the cake and make sure it comes out clean. Once the cake is baked, let cool for 10-15 minutes before turning the whole cake over onto a cooling rack or wire rack.
Add cinnamon sugar coating and icing: In a small bowl, add the sugar and cinnamon and mix until combined. Transfer cake to a serving plate or platter. With a pastry brush, brush the cake all over with melted butter. Immediately add the cinnamon sugar coating so it sticks. Use your hands if needed to help the coating stick. In another small bowl, combined all of the icing ingredients until smooth. Drizzle all over the cake. Slice and enjoy!
recipe tips & variations
- Make sure to generously grease your bundt pan. Bundt pans are notorious for sticking to baked cake, so make sure you grease it very well with nonstick cooking spray.
- Make sure all the ingredients are at room temperature. This will ensure a smooth and velvety batter and the ingredients will incorporate easily.
- Make sure not to over-bake the cake. Every oven is different, so the bake times will be different. Be sure to pull it out after 40 minutes to check it.
- Cake mix: Use white, vanilla, or yellow cake mix. I love using yellow cake mix because it has a custard flavor that pairs well with the apple and spices.
- Add more apples: Add up to 3 cups of diced or shredded apples to the batter if you want more small chunks of apple in each bite.
- Cake topping options: You can keep it simple by leaving the cake plain or you can coat it with cinnamon sugar, dust with powdered sugar, add your favorite icing, caramel sauce, or vanilla, buttercream or cream cheese frosting would work well.
- Add crunch: Add a handful of your favorite mixed nuts to add a nutty flavor and crunchy texture. Pecans, almonds, walnuts, and hazelnuts are great options.
- More spice: Add another teaspoon cinnamon and a few extra dashes of nutmeg and cloves.
Do I have to frost the cake?
You do not have to frost the cake! If you prefer a lighter frosting option, I recommend dusting the cake with powdered sugar or drizzle with a light icing or glaze.
Can I make this in a loaf pan?
Definitely! You will need to divide the batter in half and bake each half in a loaf pan.
Can I make this in two 8 or 9-inch baking pans instead?
You can, just note that you will also have to decrease the baking time significantly.
LEFtovers & storage
Leftovers: Store leftover cake in an airtight container or cover cake platter with foil or plastic wrap. Store in a cool area for 2-3 days, then transfer to the refrigerator and store for 2 more days. The cake will start to dry out once it’s stored in the refrigerator.
Freeze: You can freeze unfrosted cake by wrapping the bundt cake with plastic wrap or cut into individual slices and wrap each slice, and then place in a heavy-duty ziplock bag. Freeze for up to 3 months.
Defrost: To defrost the unfrosted cake, let the cake thaw completely before frosting. Place cake in the refrigerator to sit overnight or sit out in the counter for at least 3 hours.
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Apple Cinnamon Bundt Cake
- 1 box yellow cake mix
- 1/2 cup salted butter melted and cooled
- 3 whole eggs
- 1/4 cup applesauce
- 3/4 cup reduced fat or whole milk
- 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 1/2 cups chopped or shredded apples about 2 large apples (ok to leave skin on)
Cinnamon Sugar Coating
- 2 tablespoons salted butter melted
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 3-4 tablespoons milk
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and generously grease a bundt pan. You could also coat the pan with a cinnamon sugar mixer. In a large mixing bowl, beat together all of the cake ingredients except for the apples with an electric mixer until smooth and combined. Be sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula
- Gently fold in the apples and mix until combined. Spoon the cake batter into the prepared bundt pan.
- Bake cake for 40-45 minutes or until the tops are light golden brown and the sides pull away from the pan. You can also insert a toothpick into the center and make sure it comes out clean.
- Once the cake is baked, let cool for 10-15 minutes before turning it over onto a cooling rack. Make sure to lightly pat all of the sides of the pan so it can release immediately. If the cake doesn't release right away, let it cool for another 5 minutes and shake or pat the sides more.
- In a small bowl, add the sugar and cinnamon and mix until combined.
- With a pastry brush, brush the cake all around with melted butter. Immediately add the cinnamon sugar coating so it sticks. Use your hands if needed to help the coating stick.
- In another small bowl, combined all of the icing ingredients until smooth. Drizzle all over the cake. Slice and enjoy!