20+ Apple Cakes To Make

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This week’s Recipe Hit List is a collection of two dozen recipes for making an apple cake that I’ve handpicked from around the ‘net…plenty of inspiration here so you’ll never get bored making this old favorite. This popular cake is typically easy to whip together and always impresses (it’s a great way to use up some apples too). Enjoy!

*Note: Descriptions below are quotes from the sources

Simple Ingredients Are Typically Needed For Baking An Apple Cake, But You'll Find A Few Fancy Ideas Here Too

Simple Ingredients Are Typically Needed For Baking An Apple Cake, But You'll Find A Few Fancy Ideas Here Too

  1. Apple Spice Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting: This is a great snack cake for autumn, and the maple cream cheese frosting is, as they say “icing on the cake” – literally and figuratively! Found at Eggs on Sunday.
  2. Grandma’s One Bowl Apple Cake: Recipe from Maya*Made.
  3. Apple Dapple Cake: The wonderful thing about this cake (and lord, I do mean WONDERFUL) is that the resulting flavor is a perfect blend of fresh apples and buttery brown sugar. With the special sauce poured over the cake and allowed to soak in before removing the cake from the pan, it is by far the moistest cake I’ve ever baked. As if the flavor (and smell!) were not enough, the slices are gorgeous, too. Recipe from Southern Plate.
  4. Russian Grandmothers’ Apple Pie-Cake: I think it took me some time to get over the fact that this was not an apple pie and so I couldn’t expect a crispy crust. The cake “crust” was very soft almost bordering on crumbly. I liked the edges where it got a bit crisp (see, there I am hoping for that crisp pie crust). Found at Eat Me, Delicious.
  5. Cinnamon-Apple Cake Recipe: This cake will stay moist for up to 3 or 4 days. It should be covered completely with aluminum foil to keep it from drying out. I think it tastes even better the second day after baking. From Family, Friends & Food.
  6. Apple Buttermilk Cake: I am sure you could use any fruit in this cake. I made this exact cake with raspberries last summer and everyone loved it, but since apples are always plentiful around here, let’s go with them. Found at Stacey Snacks.
  7. Caramel-Glazed Apple Cake: Warm spices and sticky caramel. The spices thread the sturdy cake batter, which bakes into an incredibly moist sheet cake studded with chunks of apple and bits of chopped pecan. The caramel comes into play after the cake has cooled a bit, when it is drizzled atop the cake’s broad surface, enticing rivulets spilling down the sides. Recipe from The Kitchen Sink.
  8. Sticky Spiked Double Apple Cake: I’ve been searching for this cake for over a year. I can pinpoint when the quest started. One day my coworker Lottie brought in a cake baked by a friend of hers. It was an apple cake. I think it was wrapped in brown paper. Tall, moist and chewy, deeply fruity, slightly spicy and a little bit sticky – it left a serious impression on my tastebuds. I knew I wanted to bake a cake like that. Recipe found at Let Her Bake Cake.
  9. Apple Banana Cake: This recipe is low fat, low sugar, and really, really good for you. I’ll give you a moment to gather yourself. Are you still with me? Are you ready to make it? Are you chomping at the bit, screaming into your monitor, “What are the ingredients already?!?” Apples, bananas, flour, sugar, honey, eggs, flour, spices, salt and baking powder. That’s it. No butter, no oil, no kidding. And you wind up with a dense, delicious flavor-filled cake, and you don’t even have to feel guilty about going back for seconds. Recipe from Sugarlaws.
  10. Apple Cake With Lemon Icing: This is one of those recipes that comes out perfect no matter what you do. It might almost be foolproof. I only say that because I didn’t mess it up, nor do I think I could mess it up. And I’m a fool. Recipe from Soupbelly.
  11. Apple Crumb Coffee Cake: This morning I took a new coffee cake recipe out for a spin, and I’m happy I did. This one takes about 15 minutes to put together (less if you have a helper like TA), 30 minutes to bake and about, oh, 30 seconds to scarf. Recipe from La Vie Cerise.
  12. Tasty French Apple Cake: Serve warm or at room temperature, cut into thin wedges. Very good with a little vanilla frozen yogurt on top while still warm! From Je Mange la Ville.
  13. Apple Coffee Cake Recipe: The first time I tried this cake was 10 years ago at a Womens’ Retreat and it is one of my most favorite and beloved coffee cakes. Everyone who tries it loves it and asks for the recipe. So if you ever find yourself waking up early on a Sunday morning, make yourself a cup of tea or coffee and bake this cake. I swear on Rose Levy Beranbaum’s “Cake Bible”, you will love this. It may even become your favorite new coffee cake. From Savory Sweet Life.
  14. Apple Pie Coffee Cake: Let this cake cool for a bit before cutting and you’ll be surprised how easy it is to serve; the cake holds up really well and doesn’t fall apart when slicing. It would be really nice served with a little scoop of vegan ice cream. From VeganYumYum.
  15. Almond Apple Cake: I’ve made this cake at least 100 times. It always comes out perfect and delicious. It is one of my family’s favourites and I made this one for my mother’s birthday. This cake is wonderful with a hot cup of coffee or tea. Recipe from Dragon’s Kitchen.
  16. Apple Pumpkin Cake: It gets its richness from pumpkin puree, a layer of sauteed apples and then the whole thing is topped with spiced struesel. This cake is so amazing, I had to bake two. The first one my family ate before I could photograph it for this post, so I made another, it’s gone too. Because the cake is made with whole wheat flour, apples and pumpkin I feel great about satisfying my boys’ requests to eat it for breakfast, a snack and dessert. Found at Zoe Bakes.
  17. Apple & Blueberry Shortcake: This cake/pie is so very good. In fact, now that I think further on the issue of the cake/pie, the final effect is something more like an enormous, soft and delicious cookie stuffed with stewed apple and blueberries. Found at O Pistachio.
  18. Mom’s Tupp Apple Cake: It was very fortunate that my parents in law dropped off a basket full of apples from a recent visit to an orchard in North Carolina and I made a big dent in it baking a few of these cakes. In the end, the cakes are nothing like the original recipe. I made ours a tad less sweet and gluten free which is perfect here to keep the cakes moist, thus not following the original “5-4-3-2-1” formula. Recipe from Tartelette.
  19. Ricotta Apple Cake with Cider-Maple Glaze: Recipe found at Poor Girl Gourmet.
  20. Teddie’s Apple Cake: It’s got this wonderfully craggy top, all mountains and valleys of soft apples jutting upwards through the cake and slumping down gently into the crumb, and a faintly shattering crust. It could be masked through some confectioner’s sugar sifted on top, but I like its rustic appeal just fine. Besides the cake teeters on the edge of too-sweet-ness as it is. Found at The Wednesday Chef.
  21. Flourless Apple and Almond Tea Cake: The smell of cooked apples is so intoxicating and always brings back memories of autumn and winter. And the aroma of the cake and honey emanating from the oven is enough to send me frolicking. It’s rich and the perfect torte for the cooler months and best served in small slices with a dollop of good cream to cut through the sweetness of the sugar and honey. Of course you could also omit the sugar coating and reduce the melted butter of the apple and almond topping if you wish. From Citrus and Candy.

Bonus: You’ll find a great list of coffee cakes here (some made with apples) and I’ve moved a previously posted apple cake recipe below:

Fresh Apple Cake Recipe


3/4 cup egg substitute or 3 eggs
3 cups flour
1 cup oil
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon nutmeg
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup pecans or walnuts, finely chopped
3 cups apple, finely chopped


  • Reserve 1/4 cup flour and toss with apples and nuts. The flour will help suspend them in the cake batter.
  • Beat eggs thoroughly and blend in sugar.
  • Add flour and oil gradually alternating them.
  • Add baking soda – spices and vanilla and mix well.
  • Fold in apples and nuts.
  • Bake in a greased and floured 10-inch tube pan at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
  • Makes one cake (16 servings)

Source: Arm & Hammer Baking Soda

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2 Comments to “20+ Apple Cakes To Make”
  1. Merry S. says:

    Thanks for this great list of recipes. North Carolina apples will be ready for picking soon and the very first recipe I’m going to try is the Apple Spice Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting. Some of my favorite flavors!

  2. pfirsch says:

    Thanks for mentioning the apples of NC. I finally live close to where the apples grow; so, I will do my best to pick some.

    A recipe that I love is Apple Dump Cake (minus the raisins and nuts).

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