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!

4.92 from 159 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.

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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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  • Judy says:

    Well, this was a disaster in that it wouldn’t come out of the pan and it also was too much batter for my pan and baked over the sides of the pan. It was a tasty disaster though. I put the apples in the center rather than mixing them into the batter and I think the moisture from the apples in the center was too much. So between the batter going over and the moisture in the center it just didn’t set up right. I wish I had a photo so you all could get a laugh. I was preparing it for coffee hour at church tomorrow. It tasted too good to waste so what i did was scooped it into a square pan. It’s more the texture of an apple crisp. Now if I just had some ice cream!

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Oh no, I’m so sorry that didn’t work out for you!

  • Carina says:

    This is the best apple cake I have ever made, hands down ! The recipe is flawless and easy to make ! Already shared the recipe (and cake! ) with friends and can’t wait to make it again for my family this season!

  • Candice says:

    You should consider making some step by step videos. This cake is in the oven as we speak so we shall see but this was strange batter and my Apple chunks may be far too large. I’m a visual learner and I’d love to see what your batter consistency was like!

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Candice! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. We do have some videos for the recipes, including a video for this particular Apple Bundt Cake recipe. I hope this helps, and have a great day!

  • Delia Lambert says:

    This cake is so so good. So moist it is the best apple bunt cake I ever taste, I send the recipe to my Cousin I told her she have to make it. Am definitely making it again and again, thanks for sharing your recipes,

  • Mary says:

    This is simply the best Apple Bundt cake w caramel glaze…I made this to take to our friends dinner invite. “Oh yum, please share this recipe”, they said. I’m making it again this weekend for a neighbors cookout. This is our new favorite cake…Thank you for sharing your recipe💙

  • Barbara T says:

    I’m wanting to make this but I don’t own a bundt pan. Can this be made in a rectangular cake pan instead?

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Barbara! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. We have not tried baking this in another pan, so I can’t say what adjustments would have to be made. Have a great day!

  • Heather L says:

    This is one of the best desserts I have ever made, and I am freaking old, lol! It is moist, delicious, and that caramel sauce is to die for! Thank you for sharing this recipe – ahhhhhmazing!!

  • Ainsley says:

    I added some clove and ginger (I like more spice) but the cake itself was perfect. Moist and soft and very apple-y. I did an oat crumb instead of the caramel since we’re a dairy free house

  • Danielle says:

    This cake was outstanding!! Definitely a keeper. I made it tonight and have it in a cake dome…when should I put it in the refrigerator?

  • Judith Riley says:

    Can another type of apple be used in this recipe? Like a Honey Crisp or gala?

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Judith! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. Yes, you could use honey crisp or gala apples in this recipe; they both will keep their shape and not turn mushy when baked. Have a wonderful day!

  • Judith Riley says:

    I made this cake yesterday. It tastes even better letting it overnight. I will definitely make this again.

  • Barbara says:

    Wow! So good! Can’t wait to share it. Thanks!

  • Jan says:

    Perfection! I brought the cake to a friend going through chemotherapy. It was beautiful, traveled well, and delicious.

  • Paula J Augustyn says:

    I agree with several others, this is the best apple cake I have ever made! My family loved it. It was so easy and the glaze adds the perfect flavor with the cake. I’ll be making this again soon. Thank you!

  • Sandra says:

    This cake is awesome🌟🌟

    But, I decided after 1 st cake to use the non stick baking spray or a strip of parchment paper!

    Making my 2nd one tonight. Family requested an extra batch of the sauce, for serving on the side!! & over ice cream

    Thank you! Recipe is a keeper !!

  • Sarah says:

    I made this gluten free with Bob’s Red Mill 1 for 1 and it turned out AMAZING! My sister in law asked if it was really gf, then asked me for the recipe. Thank you for sharing the measurements by weight. It allowed me to have the perfect amount of gf flour. I will definitely be making this cake again as it immediately became a new fall favorite! Thank you for sharing this easy to follow recipe.

  • Val says:

    I actually had this recipe (with a few minor differences) from long ago. It was always a big hit at our staff meetings. Used your version today, except I kept in the chopped pecans from my original recipe. I’m serving it to company tonight. Loved the suggestion of using apple pie spice! Got my French Vanilla ice cream ready. I’m anticipating the best of outcomes because so far, it has turned out perfectly beautiful. Thank you!! ❤️

  • Geraldine Conlon says:

    This was my daughters birthday cake. She’s six and loves fruit, I printed your recipe and followed it exactly. It kept appearing under cooked. I just came back and watched your video. In your video, you say to preheat the oven to 350°. Why does your printed recipe say 325°?

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Geraldine! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. The written recipe (325°F) is correct. Have a wonderful day!

  • Dani says:

    Does this cake freeze well?

  • Craig N. Williams says:

    This is absolutely OUTSTANDING!!! I LOVE ALL your recipes and love you for inspiring me!! You have no idea how many times I said “I Love You” when I saw you creations!!! Wonderful!!!

  • Stacy White says:

    I have made this cake & I’m looking forward to making it again very soon!! Can this recipe be made in muffin tins?

  • kathysimm says:

    This cake was fabulous! Easy to make and loved by everyone. The caramel sauce takes it over the top!!

  • Jane Tankersley says:

    Great cake perfect for fall gatherings

  • Breann says:

    I havent made this YET but it looks friggin amazing!! I was reading through and had some thoughts. What if you put some of the hot caramel sauce into the bundt pan, then put the cake BACK in there to soak up all the goodness? (The thought of any of it running off of the cake is just terrible!) THEN after that, dump some of the cooled caramel over the top…
    I wish I had a piece in front of me right now!!!

  • Samantha says:

    It was tasty but it was super dense. I might have over mixed it or I put too much fruit in so the moisture affected the density. All around tasty though!