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!)

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

Ingredients

Cake

  • 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

Instructions

Cake

  • Preheat the oven to 325°F. Grease a 9-inch Bundt pan.
  • In a large bowl, beat the sugar, oil, vanilla, and eggs with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
  • Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt; stir into the batter just until blended.
  • Fold in the apples by hand. Pour into the prepared bundt pan.
  • Bake for 55-70 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool for about 20 minutes in the pan and then invert on to a wire rack.

Caramel Glaze

  • Heat the butter, heavy cream, and brown sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  • Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar, then remove from the heat.
  • Add in vanilla and stir until combined. Let sit 5-10 minutes to thicken.
  • Drizzle over the warm cake.

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Reader Comments

  1. I made this the other day and took it to a friends house for dessert after dinner. It was a big hit. Everyone raved over it. The only thing that I would do differently is that I would leave off the caramel sauce. As it was too sweet. Other than that I’m making this a favorite.

  2. I made two of these, one with butter as I ran out of oil. They were absolutely amazing. When a professional. Hey asks for the recipe you know you did it right!! Another regular in my list. Thank you!!!

  3. Made cake today, delicious, I did add a small container of apple sauce nice and moist! Will bake this one again.

  4. Amazing! I doubled the sauce and added pecans to butter brown sugar sauce. We love the crunch. It smells Devine.This is a keeper.

  5. This made a great cake I took it to church and there wasn’t a crumb left the only thing I can suggest is don’t overload it with apples I put too many in and it ended up just crumbling not cutting nicely.
    Will definitely make again!

  6. Hi I want to make this now Gut I have a dilemma my hubby wants me to add some raisin’s so I was wondering if I could use less apples and then add the raisins
    Thank you
    Sincerely
    Doreen

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