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25 Apple Cake Recipes To Try This Weekend

If you’re on the hunt for the best apple cake recipes around, I’ve got you covered.

From loaves and bundts to cupcakes, these sweet treats are fantastic.

Slice missing apple cake topped with powdered sugar served on a white plate.
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As nutritious and easy to eat as apples are, let’s be honest: they’re a hundred times better when they’re baked into a dessert.

And sure, pies are an obvious choice for that bushel of apples you picked up. But I think these cakes are even better.

They’re sweet, tart, tender, and to die for.

So check out these incredible easy apple cakes, and let me know which one you like the best!

A slice of apple pie cake sprinkled with powdered sugar.
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1. Apple Pie Cake

Let’s kick things off with what I can only describe as the ultimate apple dessert.

For those who can’t decide between a cake and a pie, this one’s for you.

It features a moist and tender apple sponge cake mixed with a sweet and syrupy apple pie filling.

Whether you pair this hybrid with your afternoon tea or serve it with ice cream for dessert, you can’t go wrong!

A slice of cinnamon apple cake on a white plate.
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2. Cinnamon Apple Cake

Next is a dessert combining classic fall flavors: apples and cinnamon.

I firmly believe that these two should always be together. I can’t think of a pair more perfect for each other than them!

This cake is tender and moist and loaded with chunks of fresh apples.

And while the cake alone is great, the crunchy cinnamon topping and frosting make it even better.

A slice of apple bundt cake drizzled with caramel syrup on top.
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3. Apple Bundt Cake

There’s something so rustic about bundt cakes, don’t you agree?

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Whenever I’m in the mood for a classic dessert, I always take my bundt pan out of the cupboard!

This apple bundt cake doesn’t just look good but tastes epic as well.

If you think the cake sounds impressive, wait until you try it with caramel drizzled on top.

Sliced apple cake loaf.
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4. Apple Cake Loaf

Banana bread is arguably the king when it comes to quick breads. Still, I highly recommend you try this apple cake loaf.

It’s fluffy, moist, and exploding with the sweet crunchiness of apples in every bite!

The batter is infused with cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg to give the bread a classic fall flavor. Plus, walnuts are also added for extra crunch.

Apple pie cupcakes with whipped cream on top drizzled with caramel syrup.
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5. Apple Pie Cupcakes

These cupcakes are a magnificent work of culinary art with discs of cinnamon roll dough at the bottom.

Then comes a sweet and buttery apple filling in the middle and a crunchy streusel on top.

Want to take things to the next level? Top the cupcakes with whipped cream and caramel for a mouthwatering finish.

Sliced apple layer cake with frosting on a cake tray.
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6. Apple Layer Cake

This cake has three layers of moist and fluffy apple cake filled and frosted with a decadent brown butter cream cheese frosting.

This cake is a fantastic alternative to the typical chocolate or vanilla birthday cakes.

So, if your family loves fall flavors, this is the perfect Thanksgiving dessert.

A piece of slice of apple sheet cake with sugar glaze served on a white dessert plate.
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7. Caramel Apple Sheet Cake

If you need a quick and easy dessert to feed a crowd, this apple sheet cake is the perfect solution.

Fluffy, moist, and bursting with apples, it’s also covered with a crackly caramel topping. It’s undeniably delicious.

But what I love the most is how effortless it is to make!

Sliced French apple cake with powder sugar on top.
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8. French Apple Cake

Let’s give traditional apple cake a French twist, shall we?

The base for this dessert is a buttery rum cake studded with apples, which already tells you that this is not an ordinary apple cake.

In fact, this cake is so scrumptious on its own, you won’t need any frosting or glaze on top.

Instead, a simple dusting of powdered sugar will suffice!

German apple cake on a glass baking dish.
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9. German Apple Cake (Versunkener Apfelkuchen)

From France, let’s head on over to Germany and try their famous versunkener apfelkuchen or “sunken apple cake.”

Why the name? Well, as the cake batter bakes, it rises up around its apple topping.

Dust it with powdered sugar for a light dessert or afternoon treat.

To make it more indulgent, top it with whipped cream and caramel or a heaping scoop of ice cream. Yum!

A piece of slice of apple spice cake topped with whipped cream.
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10. Apple Spice Cake

If you like desserts with chunks of fruits and nuts, you’ll fall for this apple spice cake at first bite.

Packed with apples, walnuts, and raisins, this cake will give you the most wonderful mouthfeel and textural variety.

But it doesn’t end there!

It’s also frosted with cream cheese buttercream, adding a complementing layer of sweetness and mild tartness.

Romanian apple pie cake slices sprinkled with powdered sugar.
Source: Thebossykitchen.com

11. Romanian Apple Pie Cake

Here’s another tasty European apple cake recipe: only this time, we’re heading to Romania.

The apples are cooked before baking to make the pie extra moist and flavorful.

Next, you’ll find two layers of thick, buttery, shortbread-like crust to house the sweet apple filling.

Also, this pie isn’t round but rectangular: think sheet cake meets apple pie.

A slice of Jewish apple cake on a plate.
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12. Jewish Apple Cake

This Jewish apple cake is more similar to an American one, albeit a bit dense.

It’s more like a pound cake with chunks of apples suspended in the crumb. Sounds yummy, right?

And while this cake is dense, it’s also wonderfully moist, thanks to oil and apples.

Plus, it’s delicious enough that you won’t need frosting.

A piece of cheesecake with nuts and caramel sauce on top.
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13. Healthier Caramel Apple Fall Cheesecake

This cheesecake tastes like caramel apples, and it’s to die for!

Between the Graham Cracker crust, velvety cheesecake filling, and caramel apples and almonds on top, this dessert truly is one-of-a-kind.

Also, surprise! This cheesecake is more wholesome than you think. It’s almost healthy.

A piece of slice of Dutch apple cake with powdered sugar on top.
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14. Dutch Apple Cake

This Dutch apple cake is worth a try if you like desserts with a crisp outer crust.

It’s jam-packed with thinly sliced apples and infused with just the right amount of spice.

Sprinkle it with granulated sugar before baking, and it’ll develop a heavenly sweet crust to contrast the juicy cake.

Upside down cake topped with slices of apples and cranberries with syrup.
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15. Cranberry Apple Upside-Down Cake

This cranberry apple cake will turn your life upside-down! It’s just that good.

I love the idea of combining two fruits (in this case, one fruit and one berry) in one dessert.

It’s simple, but the combination creates new flavor profiles for your tastebuds.

Topped with apples and cranberries, it has the perfect balance of sweet and tart tastes and fun textures.

Slice of apple coffee cake on a white saucer.

16. Apple Coffee Cake

Here’s another magnificent cake perfect for your morning or afternoon coffee!

The base of this dessert is a no-frills apple coffee cake. But don’t let that fool you.

It’s spectacular once it’s topped with a crisp, buttery crumble and drizzled with a decadent brown sugar glaze.

While it’s great for breakfast, it’s just as tasty as dessert.

Slice of apple cake drizzled with custard sauce.
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17. Irish Apple Cake

This authentic cake is filled with thinly sliced apples topped with an oatmeal streusel topping. It also comes with a delightful custard sauce.

It’s perfect for breakfast, brunch, or as a snack with afternoon tea.

It’s delicious when served warm straight from the oven. But you can eat it straight out of the fridge if you have leftovers!

Sliced apple loaf loaded with caramel coated apple slices.
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18. Apple Fritter Cake

Imagine a dessert that’s part cake and part donut. Sounds fantastic, huh?

Well, that’s what you get with this cake-apple fritter hybrid.

With two layers of buttery apple cake and chopped cinnamon-sugar-covered apples, this loaf gives off major fritter vibes.

It’s drizzled with a simple sugar glaze for extra sweetness and a touch of allure.

Portion sliced caramel apple upside down cake.
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19. Caramel Apple Upside Down Cake

Apples and caramel join forces to create this sensational upside-down cake!

Tart, juicy, and crunchy apples covered in thick caramel sauce? Who can say no to that?

It’s sweet, sticky, and irresistible. It’s easy to make and even easier to eat, making it a win in my books.

Apple and walnut loaf covered with sugar glaze on a cooling rack.
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20. Apple Walnut Cake

If you’re looking for a simple recipe that never fails to impress, this is it.

The loaf is moist, tender, fluffy, and bursting with apples and walnuts. It’s everything you can ask for and more.

With this recipe, you can make apple cake in all shapes and sizes. Loaf, round, bundt, sheet, you name it.

Talk about versatility!

Sliced loaf cake drizzled with sugar glaze.
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21. Sparkling Apple Cider Pound Cake

Pound cakes are traditionally more dense than sponge cakes, but this one is pretty light.

The secret to the more delicate texture is sparkling apple cider. Those bubbles work like magic!

They give the cake flavor plus an airy texture you’ll love.

A portion missing apple dump cake on white casserole dish with spoon.

22. Apple Dump Cake

Looking for the easiest fall dessert you’ve ever made? Try this apple dump cake!

It calls for just five ingredients and can be put together in no time. The secret is a boxed yellow cake mix, which cuts down on time.

You can even make this cake in the Crockpot for even less effort!

A serving of butterscotch cake Topped with whipped cream and drizzled with caramel.
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23. Butterscotch Apple Cake

We can all agree that apples and butterscotch are a heavenly combination.

Not convinced? This cake is all the evidence I need to prove my point.

Loaded with chunks of apples and morsels of butterscotch, every bite is sweet, tart, and just a little salty.

Topped with whipped cream and drizzled with caramel, this dessert is the epitome of decadence.

Sliced applesauce loaf cake with raisin and walnuts topped with a dusting of powdered sugar.

24. Applesauce Cake

This cake is incredibly moist and lighter than air!

It’s infused with applesauce, raisins, and walnuts, which offer such a warming fall flavor.

Topped with a dusting of powdered sugar, it’s a delightful treat any time of the day.

Sliced chunky apple bundt cake.
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25. Chunky Apple Bundt Cake (Apple Cinnamon Cake)

This apple and cinnamon bundt cake is what sweet dreams are made of.

Most of it will be devoured in a flash. And it won’t be long before your family comes back for seconds!

It’s impossible to resist, especially with a mouthwatering cream cheese frosting on top.

While this cake looks extremely intimidating to make, it’s relatively easy, thanks to a humble box of yellow cake mix!

25 Apple Cakes To Try This Weekend

Course: DessertCuisine: American
Servings

8

servings
Prep time

20

minutes
Cooking time

50

minutes
Calories

295

kcal

If you’re on the hunt for the best apple cake recipes around, I’ve got you covered. This sweet apple cake will be the crown jewel of your dessert table, enchanting with every slice.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled

  • 1/4 cup sour cream

  • 1/4 cup milk

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 medium -sized apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced

  • Powdered sugar, for dusting

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 9-inch round cake pan and line the bottom with parchment paper.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugars, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  • In a separate bowl, beat the eggs. Whisk in the melted butter, sour cream, milk, and vanilla until well combined.
  • Gradually add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, stirring until just combined. Be careful not to overmix.
  • Arrange half of the apple slices at the bottom of the prepared pan. Pour the cake batter on top.
  • Arrange the remaining apple slices on top of the batter in a decorative pattern, pressing them in slightly.
  • Bake for 40-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Let cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Run a knife around the edge of the pan to loosen the cake, then invert it onto a serving plate.
  • Dust with powdered sugar before serving.
  • Slice, serve, and enjoy!

Notes

  • Coat the apple slices in a mixture of cinnamon and sugar before layering for an extra flavor boost.
  • Use a variety of apples for a complex flavor profile, like combining tart Granny Smith with sweet Honeycrisp.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 295kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 41g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Fat: 15g
  • Saturated Fat: 9g
  • Cholesterol: 81mg
  • Sodium: 336mg
  • Potassium: 169mg
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 34g
  • Calcium: 62mg
  • Iron: 1mg

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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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