Cinnamon Apple Moonshine Cake

filed under: Cakes · Dessert on November 26, 2019

Super moist and loaded with apples and the best McCormick Ground Cinnamon, Cinnamon Apple Moonshine Cake is topped with a moonshine caramel glaze that takes the cake to the next level! If you love a moist cake, try my Pumpkin Pound Cake with a Cream Cheese Glaze!

Cinnamon Apple Moonshine Cake

Cinnamon Apple Moonshine Cake

When I made my homemade Cinnamon Apple Moonshine, I knew I needed to use it for more than just drinking😉. With its sweet flavor, I thought about using it in a dessert. Then, to make it even more useful, I not only put the moonshine in the cake, but I also used it in the glaze to top the cake! Cheers to that! I will give you variations of the recipe if you do not want to use the alcohol.

Even though the moonshine is a FABULOUS addition to this cake, it simply can’t outshine the cinnamon. McCormick Ground Cinnamon is my go-to in all my baking because of the quality of the product and pure flavor. I usually buy 2 bottles during the holidays because cinnamon is the perfect compliment to almost all my baking!


Pouring Homemade Moonshine Caramel over Cinnamon Apple Moonshine Cake

How to Make Cinnamon Apple Moonshine Cake

There are two parts to this recipe–the glaze and the cake. Make the glaze first, since this will need to cool for at least 3 hours, if not overnight.

Moonshine Caramel Glaze (You read that right! It’s AMAZING!)

To make the glaze, heat the butter, cream, and brown sugar in a small saucepan. Bring this to a boil, and then remove it from the heat. Add the vanilla and Cinnamon Apple Moonshine and stir until combined. Again, you need to let this cool completely (at least 3 hours) before using it as the glaze.

Cinnamon Apple Moonshine Cake

Before you begin making the cake batter, I suggest you core, peel, and chop up the apples and cover them with cinnamon. They will be added to the batter before you bake the cake. To make the cake, there are a few simple instructions.

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  2. Beat the sugar, oil, Cinnamon Apple Moonshine, vanilla, and eggs with an electric mixer. Out of eggs? No problem. Try one of my Egg Substitutes for this recipe!
  3. Then, combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt to add to the mixture.
  4. Finally, fold the cinnamon covered apples into the batter to pour into a greased bundt pan.
  5. Bake the cake for 52-60 minutes. A toothpick or skewer should come out mostly clean, no wet batter should cling to it. If it is totally clean the cake might be overdone.
  6. After you have baked the cake, wait about 5 minutes before you drizzle it with 3/4 of the moonshine glaze. Let it sit in the pan for at least 30 minutes and then carefully invert cake onto serving platter.
  7. Cut a slice and drizzle with more moonshine caramel.

Overhead of Cinnamon Apple Moonshine Cake with McCormick Cinnamon

How to Make Cinnamon Apple Cake Without Moonshine

It is easy to substitute the moonshine for other ingredients if you do not want to use alcohol in the recipe.

  • For the glaze: simply substitute the moonshine for 1 teaspoon McCormick ground cinnamon. The caramel will be thicker and still taste amazing.
  • For the cake: replace the moonshine with 1/2 cup vegetable oil. (That means 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil total in the recipe.)

I put the substitutions on the recipe card as well. Cinnamon Apple Cake will be delicious with or without the Cinnamon Apple Moonshine!

Piece of Cinnamon Apple Moonshine Cake with Bite Taken Out

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Cinnamon Apple Moonshine Cake
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 10 mins
Cooling Time
3 hrs
Total Time
4 hrs 25 mins

Moist and full of apples and cinnamon, Cinnamon Apple Moonshine Cake is topped with a moonshine glaze.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple cake, Apple Moonshine, bundt cake, cinnamon apple moonshine cake, cinnamon cake
Servings: 12 slices
Calories: 606 kcal
Author: Amanda Rettke -
Moonshine Caramel Glaze
  • ½ cup (1 stick, 113g) butter
  • 2 teaspoons heavy cream
  • ½ cup (100g) packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup *cinnamon apple moonshine, see blog for the recipe and non-alcoholic substitutions
  • 2 cups (450g) granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (218g) vegetable oil
  • ½ cup **cinnamon apple moonshine, see blog for the recipe and non-alcoholic substitutions
  • 2 teaspoon McCormick Vanilla Extract
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3 cups (384g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick cinnamon
  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F (175°C). Grease a 9 inch Bundt pan.
Moonshine 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 cinnamon apple moonshine and stir until combined.

  4. Let cool completely (minimum of 3 hours, best overnight)

  1. In a large bowl, beat the sugar, oil, moonshine, vanilla, and eggs with an electric mixer until light and fluffy (4-5 minutes)

  2. Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt; stir into the batter just until blended.
  1. In a medium bowl, combine apples and cinnamon. Toss to coat all of the apples.

  2. Fold the apples into the cake batter. Pour into the prepared bundt pan.

  3. Bake for 52-60 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out mostly clean, a few crumbs are good! (Wet batter means it is not done.) The crust on top should be very light, the sides should be dark golden brown.

  4. Allow to cool for about 5 minutes in the pan and then drizzle with 3/4 of the caramel moonshine. Allow cake to sit for about 30 minutes (or up to overnight) so that the caramel can soak into the cake. It can be inverted onto serving dish after 30 minutes.

    When ready to serve, drizzle each piece with the remaining caramel.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

*To make the Caramel Moonshine Glaze alcohol free, simply omit the cinnamon apple moonshine and add 1 teaspoon McCormick Cinnamon.                              

**To make the cake alcohol free, replace the cinnamon apple moonshine with 1/2 cup of vegetable oil.

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  • Emma says:

    Is Apple cinnamon Moonshine read made or can one make it. I am in the Philippines right now for an extended vacation and i doubt if the stores here would have it. Can I substitute any liquor for it?

  • Eve says:

    Oh myyyyyyyyy!!!!!! Absolutely amazing!!!!!! Whoooo hooooo!!!!!!🧡😀❤️

  • Patt says:

    Can I sub my homemade apple sauce for fresh apples?

  • Delhindra says:

    I will make this cake. Thank you for the recipe

  • Ella Ridenour says:

    I made this cake today for Thanksgiving, turned out beautiful.

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      That’s AWESOME Ella!

  • Joanne Piper says:

    Is there another liqueur you would recommend or a mixture (example, hard cider, apple brandy and cinnamon) that would sort of be similar to your drink. I live in small apt. your drink sounds marvelous but it makes too much for me. Sadly. Too bad you can’t bottle and sell your liqueur.I’d buy some!

  • Juliene says:

    Still don’t see recipe for the moonshine glaze???
    Thank you!

  • Kate Battaglia says:

    Cinnamon apple moonshine cake was a big hit at Christmas!

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Thrilled to hear, Kate!!

  • Kelly says:

    I’m making this cake later today. Do I store it overnight in a cool area or do I need to refrigerate it overnight?

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      You can refrigerate or just leave it in a cool place. I would let it warm up a bit before serving! 🙂

  • Joanne lattrell says:

    Where can you buy the cinnamon moonshine?

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      You make it! Super easy. There is a link to the recipe in the post. 🙂

  • Stephanie says:

    Can you make this in a muffin or cupcake form? It sounds marvelous, but I need it for a finger food type party. Thank you

  • mary says:

    I wanted to ask if anyone has used a box cake mix to make this cak

  • Trini says:

    How do you make/ where do you find the apple moonshine?

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Trini! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. Here is the recipe for Cinnamon Apple Moonshine. Have a great day!

  • Audrey m Mamoe says:

    aloha from Hawaii, I have the receipt ok
    what cream?

  • G says:

    The 336g for vegetable oil is wrong. 1 cup of veg oil is equal to 220 g.

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, G! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with comments. Yes, good catch! I have updated the recipe to reflect the change. Have a wonderful day!

  • Stephanie Phillips says:

    I need the recipe for the cinnamon apple moonshine.

  • Vickie thomas says:

    I love your receipes. I follow you on fb. Thank yoh

  • Anne says:

    Delicious! Everything about this cake is amazing!
    Top vanilla ice cream with apples and glaze is yummy. This is a keeper.

  • Shelda says:

    Where do I get the cinnamon apple moonshine or how do I make it ?

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Shelda! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. Here is my Cinnamon Apple Moonshine recipe. Have a great day!

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    Brand new recipes that people find kinda acceptable.