Apple Bundt Cake

filed under: Cakes on November 13, 2017

This Apple Bundt Cake has been a family favorite for years, one that my great-grandmother used to make! I would ask her, “How do you make a bundt cake, Grandma?” And she would lean in with a gleam in her eye and whisper, “You just stand by me and I’ll show you!” (Love apple desserts? Try my Apple Crisp!)


Apple Cake

How to Make an Apple Bundt Cake

There are a couple of important things to remember when making a bundt cake. Make sure you start with a good recipe (one that fits in a bundt pan!) that has been tested and perfected. The other is your pan. Because this cake has big chunks of apples the batter will not mold perfectly in some of the bundt pans with more intricate designs. A classic bundt pan should work perfectly!


Apple Bundt Cake

This recipe has been handed down through the generations and definitely stands the test of time. I remember Grandma sending us into the yard to gather up apples so we could bake this cake! And standing by her in the kitchen as she would slowly stir the caramel. Sometimes, if I was good, I even got to drizzle her famous caramel sauce over the cake!

Apple Cake Recipe

Tips for Apple Cake

This cake could also be called an Apple Cinnamon Bundt Cake as we certainly packed in the cinnamon flavor! One thing that could really put this recipe over the top is using McCormick’s Apple Pie Spice. Simply substitute it for the cinnamon in this recipe.

How to Ice a Bundt Cake

Frosting this cake could not be easier. Simply prepare the caramel sauce recipe as directed, then pour over the cake. A couple variations are waiting 15 minutes to pour the caramel. It will be nice and thick and holds it’s shape. If you pour it immediately, it will soak into the apple bundt cake and do magical things. Both are delicious!


Apple Bundt Cake Recipe

Best Apple Bundt Cake Recipe Reviews

Hi Amanda! I baked this cake yesterday and it was delicious, so moist and tasty. Caramel sauce made it even better! I will do it definitely again!”

“The cake turned out fantastic and almost too good to take to my coworkers!”

“I made this cake with my mother! Love it for breakfast!”

As you can tell, folks RAVE over this bundt cake recipe! Big chunks of apples nestled into a cinnamon spice cake batter and covered in glorious homemade caramel sauce. Not only is it delicious, but this Apple Bundt Cake Recipe is perfect for creating new memories!

4.95 from 118 votes
Apple Bundt Cake
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 10 mins
Cooling Time
20 mins
Total Time
1 hr 25 mins

Seriously amazing Apple Bundt Cake that you will want to make again and again!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple bundt cake, bundt cake
Servings: 12 slices
Calories: 624 kcal
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 2 cups (450g) granulated sugar
  • cups (336g) vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3 cups (384g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon spice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored. and chopped
Caramel Glaze
  • ½ cup (1 stick, 113g) butter
  • 2 teaspoons heavy cream
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Grease a 9-inch Bundt pan.

  2. In a large bowl, beat the sugar, oil, vanilla, and eggs with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
  3. Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt; stir into the batter just until blended.
  4. Fold in the apples by hand. Pour into the prepared bundt pan.
  5. Bake for 55-70 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Allow to cool for about 20 minutes in the pan and then invert on to a wire rack.
Caramel Glaze
  1. Heat the butter, heavy cream, and brown sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar, then remove from the heat.
  3. Add in vanilla and stir until combined. Let sit 5-10 minutes to thicken.
  4. Drizzle over the warm cake.

Recipe Video

Want more great BUNDT CAKE recipes?

Harvest Chocolate Bundt Cake

Raspberry Lemon Bundt Cake

Chocolate Brownie Cake (my most popular recipe in 2017!)

Vanilla Poppyseed Bundt



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  • Marcia Crabtree says:

    Has this been made with gluten free flour? If so, what type and how much? Any other modifications needed, I.e. time to cook?

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Marcia! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. We have not tested this recipe with gluten-free flour. If you try it, let us know how it turns out. Have a wonderful day!

  • Jane Pruitt says:

    I have made this cake twice— really moist and delicious—I double the glaze recipe and use the left over on ice cream— this glaze is awesome. I also added allspice, raisins and pecans — these additions just make the cake more decadent-

  • Johanna says:

    Has anyone made a smaller cake using only half of all ingredients? We’re only 3 in the house. Thanks!

  • Fran weiss says:

    Can you use canola oil in place of vegetable oil?

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Yes, canola oil is vegetable oil.

  • Laura U. says:

    This Apple Bundt Cake is amazing! So simple and yet so delicious. I followed the recipe exactly and was a little concerned that there were too many apples, but it was perfect. I brought it over to a friend’s house for dessert after dinner and everyone raved about it. I will definitely make this again.

  • barbara ann brown says:

    it looks awesome i will make this but i dont have heavy cream is there something i can use instead?/

  • Alex says:

    I found the cake with the glaze to be too sweet. I glazed the cake while it was warm and the glaze was perhaps too hot; it made the cake soggy.

  • Alex says:

    My husband rated this cake one of the best desserts he’s ever eaten, and doesn’t find it too sweet at all.

  • Julie says:

    Can I use honey crisp apples for this?

  • Jane says:

    I am NOT a baker so when my family went over the moon for your apple cinnamon Bundt cake I had to send my thanks. I may even try another recipe!

  • Lav says:

    This caramel glaze is fantastic. It is the seacret of this apple cake. Love it.

  • Dan Burneika says:

    Came out perfect! Delicious and moist! Used honey crisp apples and apple pie spice. Will make again often.

  • Terri says:

    I made this cake today and my husband told me this is the best cake I have ever made. It is super moist and the apples are so tender. And the CARMEL sauce is delicious. I did add walnuts and I used honey crisp apples. I will definitely be making this for my Christmas dessert from now on. It’s a must try.

  • Shelley says:

    I can’t wait to try this! This sounds just like the one my mom used to make when I was a child. When I read the recipe, I could almost smell it baking. I’m super excited to make this!

  • Joyce Gronenthal says:

    Can I freeze this cake?

  • Jovie Lotspeich says:

    I am making this recipe for the second time now.
    My family love it and we eat it with vanilla ice cream. I prefer to pour the caramel glaze when it is not too runny anymore. And I added tidbits of apples to the caramel sauce while cooking it. So so so good!

  • Lorraine says:

    Easy to make but much too sweet for us. ☹️

  • Linda Davis says:

    My husband says this is the best cake he has ever had. He ate it in two days and is requesting another. I reserved some of the glaze so I could warm it and pour over cake just before eating. So moist and delicious!

  • Pst says:

    I use a half a cup of Crisco butter pecans and walnuts cook the apples a little bit with brown sugar very good

  • Mary l DeHaven says:

    It was delicious and everyone loved it.

  • Stephanie says:

    This was really good, but extremely sweet. Next time I will cut the sugar in half.

  • Denise says:

    We made this cake it was a hit they all loved it,

  • Marta says:

    Wonderful recipe. I made half of it, perfect. Thanks

  • Patty says:

    In your video you said to cook the cake at 350f but in the directions it says 325f,
    I have a nice long cake tester so I keep giving it more time until the tester came out clean.
    Looking forward to sharing this cake with my family.

  • Mary Ann Hughes says:

    Your written recipe says 325°, but your video says 350°….so which one should it be?