Apple Bundt Cake is a made-from-scratch cake filled with tart apples and topped with a buttery caramel glaze. This recipe is perfect any time of the year, but I especially love it in the fall! If you love caramel apple desserts, be sure to also try my Caramel Apple Dump Cake and Caramel Apple Cake.
Apple Bundt Cake
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!” For another delicious apple dessert, try my Apple Crisp!
Apple Bundt Cake Ingredients
Apples: I love a good Granny Smith apple because it holds its shape and texture better than other varieties. You can certainly try other kinds of apples, but the texture of the cake may change.
Caramel Glaze: I topped this cake with a delicious caramel-flavored glaze. It gives you a hint of that classic caramel apple flavor that reminds me of fall! You could also serve it without the glaze if desired.
Best Apples for Apple Cake
It is important to use tart apples in order to get that tang that contrasts well with the buttery caramel topping in an apple cake. I recommend Honeycrisp or Granny smith.
- Honeycrisp- they are crisp and juicy with a honey-sweet and tart flavor
- Granny Smith- they are crisp and sour
- Golden Delicious – sweet
How to Store and Freeze Apple Bundt Cake
Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 3 days or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. To freeze this cake, I recommend not adding the glaze until you are ready to serve. Place the whole cake or individual pieces in an airtight container or freezer-safe sealable plastic bag. Try to remove as much air as possible. Be sure to label and date the container. The cake will freeze well for up to 3 months. When ready to thaw, remove the cake from the freezer and place it in the refrigerator overnight and allow it to come to room temperature before serving.
More Apple Desserts
Apple Bundt Cake
- 2 cups (400 g) granulated sugar
- 1½ cups (327 g) vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 large eggs, room temperature
- 3 cups (375 g) all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 3 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and diced
- ½ cup (1 stick / 113 g) unsalted butter
- 2 teaspoons heavy cream, room temperature
- ½ cup light brown sugar, packed
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 325°F. Lightly spray a 9-inch bundt pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a large bowl using a hand mixer on medium speed, beat the sugar, oil, vanilla, and eggs until combined.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and blend until just combined.
- Gently fold in the diced apples by hand until just combined.
- Pour the cake batter into the prepared bundt pan.
- Bake for 55-70 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
- Allow to cool for about 15-20 minutes in the pan and then invert it onto a wire rack. While the cake is cooling, prepare the caramel glaze.
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring the butter, heavy cream, and brown sugar to a gentle boil, stirring occassionall until the sugar is dissolved.
- Remove the pan from heat, and add vanilla. Stir to combine.
- Allow the caramel glaze to sit for 5-10 minutes to thicken.
- Drizzle over the warm cake and serve.
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I want this for two occasions
Would it work to make it in two loaf pans?
The best apple cake I’ve ever made!
I made this recipe and loved it. I never have a bad recipe from you.
Best cake recipe, ever! Always get huge compliments when I make this. Warning: it is sinfully delicious and hard to stop eating.
I’m excited to try making this cake today. I’ll use the suggestion of oil and
Apple Sauce, and Cinnamon in the drizzle. I have a bunch of apples that I need to use, and was just told about this recipe from a lady that highly recommended your recipe. I Thank Her and I Thank You !!!
Could this be made in muffin/cupcake pans?
What an absolutely beautiful cake!
My family loved it! Thank you so much for sharing your recipe, along with the memories behind it❤️
And can we talk about that cake stand?!
Please tell me I can get one like it!
Made today, used 1c oil and 1 med banana, rest the same. Very good.
Will it work with just milk? I don’t want to purchase Whipping Cr. for just 2 tsps
Make cream puffs with the rest! And invite me!
This apple cake is wonderful!! I have made it three times in
two years, each time with rave reviews. It always turns out exactly like the picture. Thank you for your recipe.
I will make this cake for Thanksgiving.
I will let you know how my family likes it. I’m sure they will love it.
can you use other than bundt pan, e.g. loaf pans. Can I split this recipe.
Can carnation milk be substituted for heavy cream for the sauce?
Thank you for this delicious looking recipe.
Made it for the first time. It’s delicious. Perfect for a snowy day indoors. Used fresh apples our neighbor gave us from his Richard.