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With sweet cinnamon swirls and grated tart apples, this delicious Cinnamon Apple Bundt Cake is a perfect dessert for fall. It’s moist and light and full of rich fall flavor.
My kids have decided they no longer like green apples, so the bag that I had bought was about to go to waste. Granny Smith Apples are perfect for baking, so I decided that baking an apple cake is what needed to be done. I searched and found this recipe that sounded delicious, so I tweaked it just a bit and the result was this delicious bundt cake.
As I was staging this bundt cake photo shoot, I originally planned to place the cake on my pretty white lace ceramic cake stand. But then I broke it. Apparently, banging the bundt pan down on the raised ceramic cake plate is not a good idea. Oops.
It didn’t affect how delicious this cake is however, with tart and sweet apples and lots of cinnamon flavor. It’s incredibly tender and just melts in your mouth. Give it a try – I bet you’ll love it too!
This apple cake is pretty straightforward and simple, albeit with a number of steps.
I used Granny Smith apples, but any tart, crisp apple would work; Grannies are just the most readily available. Chop them up into very small chunks – large enough that you can see them, but not so big that they won’t soften while the bundt cake is baking. Or ideally, grate them with a larger grater.
Combine the flour and all the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt) in a bowl. Then in another bowl the butter, oil, vanilla and sugar. The sugar melts into the butter and oil, which is why it’s considered a “wet” ingredient in this recipe. The two are mixed until “well combined,” meaning the flour is no longer visible and the batter is formed. Fold in those apples you chopped up, then layer half of the batter, a cinnamon-sugar mixture, and the remaining batter. More cinnamon sugar goes on top of that, and then everything is swirled together to get that delicious cinnamon flowing throughout the cake, and that nice pretty ribbon swirling through the middle.
Bundt cake recipes are often misunderstood as difficult, when really, they just *look* hard. Getting that warm cake to release from a bundt cake pan can be a challenge, but if you prep it right, you’ll do just fine.
Bundt Cake Pan – Nothing super fancy, but nonstick is a must for this kitchen tool.
Box grater – This is perfect for getting large grates of the apples without them getting mushy.
Nonstick cooking spray – I love the baking version of the Pam nonstick spray.
Round Cake Plate – A flat service is a must when plating a cake. Having a cake plate on hand like this one with a dome lid, is helpful.