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!
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 complement to almost all my baking!
Cinnamon Apple Moonshine Cake Ingredients
Moonshine: My homemade Cinnamon Apple Moonshine is one of the stars of this cake and glaze. However, I will also give you non-alcoholic options below.
Apples: I prefer Granny Smith apples; the tartness of the apples complements the sweetness in the cake. They also keep their shape when baked.
Can I Make this Cake Without Moonshine?
Yes! It is easy to substitute 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 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!
Cinnamon Apple Moonshine Cake
Moonshine Caramel Glaze
- ½ cup (1 stick / 113 g) unsalted butter
- ½ cup (100 g) packed brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons heavy cream
- ½ cup *cinnamon apple moonshine, see blog for the recipe and non-alcoholic substitutions
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups (450 g) granulated sugar
- 1 cup (218 g) vegetable oil
- ½ cup **cinnamon apple moonshine, see blog for the recipe and non-alcoholic substitutions
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 large eggs, room temperature
- 3 cups (384 g) all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 3 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 325°F. Spray a 9-inch bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
Moonshine Caramel Glaze
- Heat the butter, brown sugar, and heavy cream in a small saucepan over medium heat.
- Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar, then remove from the heat.
- Stir in cinnamon apple moonshine and vanilla to combine.
- Let cool completely (minimum of 3 hours, best overnight).
- In a large bowl using a hand mixer on medium speed, beat the sugar, oil, moonshine, vanilla, and eggs until light and fluffy.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Add to the wet ingredients and stir to combine.
- In a medium bowl, combine apples and cinnamon, tossing to coat.
- Gently fold the apples into the cake batter. Pour into the prepared bundt pan.
- Bake for 50-60 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.
- Allow the cake to cool for about 5 minutes in the pan and then drizzle with ¾ of the caramel moonshine glaze.
- Allow the cake to sit for about 30 minutes (or up to overnight) so that the caramel can soak into the cake. After the 30 minutes, invert the cake onto a large plate or serving platter.
- When ready to serve, drizzle each piece with the remaining caramel glaze.
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