This  Apple Bundt Cake is one outrageously delicious apple dessert. Delightfully simple and old-fashioned, it’s company-worthy.

Doesn’t this tempting Apple Cake Recipe scream autumn??? It’s time to get baking and treat your family.

Apple Bundt Cake slice on a white dessert plate in front of the remaining cake

Why You Must Make this Apple Spice Cake

  • Bundt cakes are always a super easy dessert option. No need for frosting, only one pan to wash, and typically they’re dense cake which I happen to love.
  • This cake will feed a crowd. You can get at least a dozen servings.
  • It’s a perfect autumn dessert! Not everyone goes crazy for pumpkin spice everything!
  • You can easily jazz up a slice with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla, caramel or cinnamon ice cream with a drizzle of caramel sauce!

It can be a casual or elegant dessert! If you need more inspiration for fall baking, we also love this Apple Bread plus here’s a roundup of all my Favorite Apple Recipes.

Overhead view of Apple Cinnamon Cake on a white serving plate

Frequently Asked Questions

What Apples are Best for an Apple Cake?

Make sure you use baking apples. Check with the produce manager in your market for advice.

Granny Smith apples are excellent for baking and they’re available all year long. Other wonderful baking apples include Jonagold, Honeycrisp, Braeburn, Pink Lady, Matsu, and even a softer Golden Delicious.

Choosing 3 different apples is always a delicious option. This will provide a variety of textures and flavors making a more interesting flavor profile.

How to Decorate an Apple Cake?

A simple dusting of powdered sugar is nice, but you can also drizzle slices or the whole cake with caramel sauce, white chocolate, or a vanilla buttercream frosting.

How to Store an Apple Cake?

Since this cake is quite moist, should only be stored at room temperature for 2-3 days. After that, it’s best to keep it in the refrigerator. It should keep well for another couple of days. Make sure to keep the cake covered with plastic wrap.

Can You Freeze an Apple Cake?

Yes, it freezes well. Just wrap airtight and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. Defrost overnight in the refrigerator and serve slices at room temperature.

Tips for Making the Best Apple Cake Recipe

  • Prep your pan well. I have a non-stick coating on my Bundt pan, but if yours is old, it may not have the coating or it may have worn off. In that case, make sure to grease, then flour. Otherwise, just greasing will suffice.
  • An alternative is to spray your pan with Pam, a non-stick cooking spray, or Baker’s Joy, a non-stick flour and oil spray.
  • PRO-Tip: Use a variety of apples for more depth of flavor.
  • If you add nuts, toasting them first will release the nut oils and make them crunchier and more flavorful.
  • Once the flour is added, do not use a mixer. Beating with a mixer will overactivate the gluten, making a less tender cake.
  • Check an number of spots with a toothpick to test for doneness. If there is batter on your toothpick when you pull it out, the cake is not done. A few moist crumbs are OK, but never batter.
  • PRO-Tip: Let the cake cool in the pan for  about 15 minutes to allow the crust to firm up before releasing the cake. Any longer and the cake could become stuck in the pan. And if you flip it immediately, the cake may not keep its shape.
Apple Cake  in a Bundt pan fresh out of the oven

How to Make an Apple Bundt Cake

  1. Preheat your oven. Prep your pan by greasing or greasing/flouring.
  2. Combine and beat together the oil, sugar, eggs, and vanilla.
  3. Whisk together the dry ingredients, add to the above mixture and stir until just combined.
  4. Add apples and nuts, if using. Fold into the batter.
  5. Bake as directed. Check for doneness with a toothpick
  6. Cool in pan first, then invert onto a rack to finish cooling.
  7. Dig in!
Apple Cake slice on a white plate

Helpful Tools:

Ingredient Notes:

  • Vegetable Oil – Use a neutral flavored oil like canola oil, never olive oil.
  • Sugar – Regular granulated sugar
  • Eggs – Always use large eggs unless the recipe notes another size
  • Vanilla – Make sure it’s real vanilla extract, not imitation
  • Flour – All-Purpose 
  • Baking Soda – Make sure it’s whisked in well with the flour so there are no clumps of the bitter, salty soda in the baked cake.
  • Salt – Table Salt (if you only have kosher salt, use twice as much, but I prefer a finer salt for baking.)
  • Ground Cinnamon 
  • Baking Apples – I used Granny Smith apples which are readily available. But feel free to use three different apples for more depth of flavor. 
  • Nuts – Totally optional, but I like toasted (to bring out the natural oils) pecans or walnuts in an apple cake.

More Apple Dessert Recipes

Slice of the best apple bundt cake on a white plate with a red handle fork

Best Apple Bundt Cake

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Yield 10 servings

A cinnamon spiced Apple Cake that's dense and delicious!

Ingredients

Cake

  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 medium apples, peeled, cored, and cut into bite-sized chunks (I used all granny smith apples, but 3 different baking apples works well, too)
  • 1 cup nuts, toasted, optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325º. Grease and flour tube or Bundt pan. Set aside.
  2. Combine oil, sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Beat until well combined
  3. Whisk together the dry ingredients in a bowl, then add to the sugar mixture, and stir until just combined.
  4. Add apples and nuts, if using. Stir until well combined
  5. Spoon mixture into prepared pan. Even out top with spatula or knife. Bake 60-75 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in a few places comes out clean.
  6. Cool for 10-15 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  7. Place on a serving plate to cut and serve.

Notes

Adapted from I Am Baker.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 774Total Fat: 42gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 29gCholesterol: 68mgSodium: 364mgCarbohydrates: 95gFiber: 3gSugar: 62gProtein: 8g

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My dad came to play grandpa this weekend. He and Nick will head up to South Bend tomorrow to root on Notre Dame as they play Stanford. Go Irish!!! And I love to treat him to some home cooking. He eats everything with gusto! I remember baking an apple cake for him and my mom when they came to visit me in my inaugural apartment (where Bill claims I lived off popcorn!), so this apple cake was the perfect choice for our first Friday of autumn dinner.