Cream Cheese Filled Apple Bundt Cake

Dense, spiced with cinnamon and with a bonus cheesecake swirl, this Apple Bundt Cake is the perfect way to celebrate autumn!Apple Bundt Cake with a surprise cream cheese filling

Apple Bundt Cake

Throwing a birthday party for a dear friend was the perfect excuse to make a dessert that the picky hubby would just ignore. He’d devour a chocolate Bundt cake, but an apple version would be snubbed unless he was desperate. Which translates to no Oreos in the pantry and even then, I’m not sure he’d bite even then. He’s a fan of apple pie and apple crisp, but apple breads, cakes, and muffins do not pass muster. Sigh.

Apple Bundt Cake with a surprise cream cheese filling

Jazz It Up!

This Bundt cake recipe evolved from a couple versions I spotted in Southern Living. They were both finished with a praline frosting. But since I had a stash of my microwave caramel in the fridge, I warmed that up and served with just a drizzle. My experience with frosting Bundt cakes still haunts me!!! I prefer the easy route. Caramel goes with apples like peanut butter with jelly. I loved this cake; if you’re an apple dessert fan, you will, too!

Apple Bundt Cake with a surprise cream cheese filling

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Apple Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Filling
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A wonderful spiced apple Bundt cake with a surprise in the middle!
Recipe type: Dessert, Cake
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12 servings
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • ¾ cup canola oil
  • ¾ cup applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups peeled and grated Granny Smith apples (about 1½ lb.)
  1. Prepare Filling: Beat first 3 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until blended and smooth. Add egg, flour, and vanilla; beat just until blended. Set aside.
  2. Whisk together 3 cups flour and next 8 ingredients in a large bowl; stir in eggs and next 3 ingredients, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. Stir in apples.
  3. Spoon two-thirds of apple mixture into a greased and floured 14-cup Bundt pan. Spoon cream cheese filling over apple mixture, leaving a 1-inch border around edges of the pan.Spoon remaining apple mixture over Cream Cheese Filling.
  4. Bake at 350º for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool cake in pan on a wire rack 15 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack, and cool completely.
  5. Serve with a dusting of powdered sugar or a drizzle of caramel sauce.

Apple Bundt Cake with a surprise cream cheese filling

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Apple Bundt Cake with a surprise cream cheese filling


  1. Oh wow! That drizzle of caramel is totally wicked! 😀

  2. That looks stunning with the cream cheese filling!

  3. Wish I had a big slice for breakfast:@)

  4. This cream cheese filled bundt cake looks so delicious and so pretty. Apple and cream cheese sound like a lovely combo.

  5. I’m not a fan of apple but this bundt cake, with cream cheese sounds so comforting for Fall dessert. Would love to have this for breakfast. Yum!

  6. I just got a peck of apples from a local orchard. I was definitely going to preserve some but now I know some will go to this cake. That caramel sauce was a great idea!

  7. Well your friend is so lucky that she can have this all to her self, because it is stunning!

  8. TheKitchenLioness says:

    Dear Liz, what a gorgeous looking Bundt cake, just perfect for fall. Love the flavors here – apples, caramel, cream cheese and all those lovely warm spices must add up to one amazing treat of a cake!
    Your friend is very lucky to have you bake her such a wonderful birthday cake!

  9. How on earth could your husband not like this? Especially with that caramel – OMG! I’ll eat my piece and his 🙂

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