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Apple Bundt Cake Recipe

If you’re looking for a cake to celebrate the fall season, this Apple Bundt Cake Recipe is absolutely perfect. It’s moist, delicious, and can be made with your favorite apple variety.

Topped with sweet and delicious icing, this simple Apple Cake will satisfy your every apple craving!

apple bundt cake recipe
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Easy Apple Cake from Scratch

Fall is the perfect time of year to enjoy this apple cake with a simple glaze icing. This apple bundt cake is easy to make and tastes amazing. Perfect for entertaining or serving for brunch. 

Apple Bundt Cake

I don’t typically make my cakes from scratch, but this cake is simple and can be prepped in 15 minutes, which is easy enough for me. A gentle crumb dotted with fresh apple pieces. Ideal for serving with a fresh pot of coffee. 

apple bundt cake recipe

Why you should make this Apple Bundt Cake recipe. 

  • Tastes amazing!
  • This is one of the most simple made-from-scratch cake recipes out there. You can tell people you baked all day… and they will believe you, lol.
  • The glaze on this cake makes it look as good as it tastes.
  • Making this apple cake is a great way to use up apples to keep them from spoiling. 

What is the difference between a Bundt Cake and a Regular Cake?

  • The main difference between a bundt cake and a regular cake is the type of pan the cake is cooked in.
  • A bundt cake uses a bundt pan. These are round with a hole in the middle and produce a tall cake with grooved edges and a hole in the middle. Some are simple while others are very ornate. Bundt pans will vary in volume. (This recipe calls for a 12 cup bundt pan.)
  • Many cake batters can be baked into a bundt or regular baking pan, keep in mind the cooking times may vary from a regular cake pan. 
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Ingredients + tips

(Ingredients at a glance, you will find the full recipe with ingredient amounts in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.)

For the cake: 

  • Apples | Peeled and chopped. This recipe uses granny smith apples, but you can use any kind you’d like.
  • Flour | All-purpose flour works great for this cake. You can also use cake flour. 
  • Sugar | Standard white granulated sugar. 
  • Pecans | Chopped. You can buy them chopped or you can chop them yourself with your food processor. 
  • Oil | Any neutral oil will work for this recipe; vegetable oil, canola oil or a blended oil are the most popular. 
  • Eggs | Large eggs, please. 
  • Baking Soda | It’s important to remember to replace your baking soda every three months to get the best results when baking, otherwise things can fall flat. Literally. 
  • Cinnamon | Ground seasonings start to lose their flavor after six months. Make sure you can smell your cinnamon when you open it, if you can’t it’s time to replace it. You can also freshly grate it from a cinnamon stick. 
  • Salt | Fine sea salt gives the best flavor without any metallic aftertaste. 

For the frosting:

  • Powdered Sugar | Do not substitute for regular sugar for the glaze
  • Milk | Whatever milk you have on hand will work. 
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How to Make an Apple Bundt Cake

(Find the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.) 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 °F. Spray a 12 cup bundt cake pan with baking spray and set aside.
  2. Whisk the oil and sugar. Add eggs and mix until fully combined. In a separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients. Then add them to the wet ingredients and fold until combined. Fold in the chopped pecans and apples.
  3. Pour the batter into the bundt pan. how to make an apple bundt cake
  4. Bake for 55-60 minutes. To check if it is fully cooked, insert a toothpick to the center and it should come out clean.
  5. Let it sit for 20-30 minutes and flip onto a rack to let it cool completely.
  6. For the glaze: Mix the powdered sugar and milk. If you like your glaze to be runnier, add more milk slowly.
  7. Pour the glaze over the fully cooled cake. How to make an apple bundt cake

Recipe Tips

  • Do not forget to spray your pan before pouring in the batter! 
  • Measure your flour by spooning the flour into the measuring cup and then leveling the cup with a knife.
  • The cake will be done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs.
  • Let the cake cool for 10 minutes after removing it from the oven. Then flip it onto a cooling rack and let it finish cooling to room temperature before trying to remove the pan. If it cools too long, it could be hard to get out, but if it is too hot, cake could to fall apart. 
  • Try using a measuring cup or any cup with a spout to pour the glaze onto this cake. It’ll give you more control over where you drizzle. 

Variations

  • Try using various types of apples to boost the flavor profile, for example, honey crisp and granny smith for a more tart cake. For a sweeter apple cake try mixing gala and fuji apples.  
  • Try adding pumpkin pie spice or apple pie spice (they are basically the same thing) to this recipe for a fun burst of fall flavor.
  • You might also consider adding caramel to your glaze to create a caramel apple-style cake. 
  • Swap out pecans for walnuts or even use candied nuts. 
apple bundt cake recipe

FAQs

Can I Make This In A Regular Cake Pan?

Yes, but you made need to adjust your cooking time. Start by baking for 40-45 minutes if using a metal pan or 50-55 minutes if using a glass dish. The cake will be done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs.

Can I Make The Glaze In Advance?

Yes, you can make the glaze for this apple cake in advance and store it in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Give it a good whisk, it will develop a crunchy film on top that will dissolve back in after stirring. 

How To Store The Leftovers For This Apple Cake?

Cover leftovers and store them at room temperature for 3 days or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Freezing Instructions: Cake freezes well up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature before serving.

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apple bundt cake recipe

Apple Bundt Cake Recipe

  • Author: Jamie Sanders
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 60
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 16 servings 1x
  • Category: desserts
  • Method: oven

Description

This Apple Bundt Cake Recipe is moist, delicious. Topped with sweet and delicious icing, this simple Apple Cake will satisfy your every apple craving!


Ingredients

Scale

For the cake:

  • 1 cup neutral oil (vegetable, canola, etc.)
  • 2 cups (440 gr) granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 cups (360 gr) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¾ cup (90 gr) chopped pecans
  • 3 large (700 gr) granny smith apples, finely chopped

For the glaze:

  • 1 ¼ cup (150 gr) powdered sugar
  • 1 ½ tbsp + 1 tsp milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 °F. Spray a 12 cup bundt cake pan with baking spray and set aside.
  2. Whisk the oil and sugar. Add eggs and mix until fully combined. In a separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients. Then add them to the wet ingredients and fold until combined. Fold in the chopped pecans and apples.
  3. Pour the batter into the bundt pan. Bake for 55-60 minutes. To check if it is fully cooked, insert a toothpick to the center and it should come out clean.
  4. Let it sit for 20-30 minutes and flip onto a rack to let it cool completely.
  5. For the glaze: Mix the powdered sugar and milk. If you like your glaze to be runnier, add more milk slowly.
  6. Pour the glaze over the fully cooled cake.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/16th of recipe

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