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An apple cake recipe filled with apples, apple pie spice and so much more. This apple cake recipe is easy to make and a year-round favorite!

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I love a fresh, homemade apple cake this time of year. But, in all reality, I love them anytime of year. They are simply hard to beat in my book. My apple cake recipe uses apples that I’ve grated on the largest hole of the box grater. I find that the grated apple mixes well in the cake batter to give you that fresh apple taste throughout. If you don’t have a box grater, you can simply dice your apple pieces really well and use those instead. But, if you can possibly, I definitely recommend grating your apples for this cake recipe. So good!

The spiced apple cider glaze that I used on this apple cake recipe is also one of those things that you can skip if for some reason you prefer to do so, but I highly, highly, highly recommend that you not skip it. It is out of this world!

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Here’s my Apple Cake Recipe. I hope you love it!

5 from 2 votes

Apple Cake Recipe

Dessert β€” 1 hr 10 mins

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Servings 16 slices
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
An apple cake recipe filled with apples, apple pie spice and so much more. This apple cake recipe is easy to make and a year-round favorite!


  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons apple pie spice
  • 2 medium Granny Smith apples peeled and grated on large hole or box grater
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups buttermilk

For the Spiced Cider Glaze


  • Preheat oven to 350ΒΊ F. Spray bundt pan with nonstick baking spray. Set aside.
  • Cream together butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add in eggs, one at a time and incorporate completely before adding another.
  • Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and apple pie spice in a medium bowl. Reduce speed of mixer to low and spoon flour into wet batter. Stir in grated apples, vanilla and buttermilk.
  • Pour cake batter into prepared bundt pan and place in oven. Bake 60 minutes or until skewer comes out clean when inserted in cake. You can follow my tips forΒ how to tell when your cake is done.
  • Remove from oven and allow to sit for about 10 minutes. Turn out onto cake plate and stop with glaze or serve without.
  • Spiced Cider Glaze
  • Whisk ingredients together until smooth. Spoon over cake.

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  1. I love a comforting slice of apple Bundt this time of year. Love your recipe, Robyn. There’d be no way I’d skip that apple cider glaze!! πŸ™‚

  2. hi Robyn. Love your chocolate cake and cupcakes. Everyone I bake it. It’s gone fast.
    can I bake thus in a round or square tin instead of a bundt pan?
    thank you and so looking am forward to baking this.

  3. Yum!! I can just imagine how amazing this must smell baking, and I love you addition of the apple glaze … sounds lovely

  4. Love your recipes but am I missing where I can pin them? It’s probably right in front of me but I can’t see it, lol.

    1. Hi Sue,
      Thanks so much for wanting to pin and share my recipes! I really appreciate it. We’d found that a previous sharing tool that we were using was causing some issues with the server which then made the website incredibly slow and not as user friendly. We deactivated it and did not have one while we tested to make sure that whatever we used did not cause any issues. We’ve now implemented a new one and you should be able to share to your favorite social media sites and pinterest again. Thank you so much for your patience! xo

  5. can’t wait to try this, but I can’t access the recipe for the glaze…any chance you could forward that to me?
    thank you,

  6. Is the 1 teaspoon apple cider correct? There is not enough liquid to make a glaze. Or, are you suppose to sift the powdered sugar on the cake?

  7. I noticed that the liquid for (1 tsp) for the glaze was not enough. I just added enough milk until it was a glaze.

  8. 5 stars
    I made this cake today. It embodies the flavors of fall. I love it! Easy and delicious! This is a cake I Will make again and again to take to cookouts or family get togethers or just because.

    1. So is the 2 cups of buttermilk correct for this cake? I don’t want to waste ingredients. Thanks.

  9. I loved this cake, but the glaze didn’t work for me. Not enough moisture – is there an ingredient missing on the recipe?

    Want to make again!

    Could you please email me back?

    Thanks so much!!!

    1. Definitely not enough moisture!! Try 3-4 tablespoon of the cider to the one cup of powdered sugar.

  10. Hi,

    I love your recipes, tried the apple cake a few times earlier and it was perfect πŸ™‚ Thanks !!! however facing a peculiar for last couple of times. The cakes comes out perfect, the toothpick test is clean etc. But I cut to eat it eventually which could be 7-8 hours later the cake is hard and feels a bit raw.

    Any idea why this would happen. Thanks much

    1. Hi Aarti – Could it possibly be that you are using a different type of apple or any other different brands of ingredients this last couple of times you’ve made the cake? I’m not sure what could be happening since you say it turned out perfect for you earlier times you made it. Sorry I don’t know the answer, but I hope this helps. Thanks so much!

  11. Approximately how many cups of grated apples does this recipe require? I have these abnormally large granny smiths and think one might be equal to two medium apples.

    1. Hi Lizzy,
      I always just use the two apples and don’t measure the apples in cups. I hope you enjoy the cake! So delicious! xo

  12. Can I use a 10 inch tube pan instead of a bundt pan for this recipe? It is just so much easier to get the cake out of the tube pan then a bundt pan.

  13. Hi Robin β€”
    If I wanted to bake this cake in a 9×13 pan, do I need to make any adjustments to the recipe?
    Thanks in advance, and Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. I haven’t made this cake in a 9×13 pan but you should be able to, Sandra. It may take a little longer to bake. Enjoy!

  14. Hi Robyn, I recently came across your website and have already made your peach cobbler twice, everyone in my family loves it. Wanted to make this cake but don’t want to use eggs. Do you think I could replace the eggs with applesauce? Also could I use oil instead of butter? Please let me know. Thank you.

    1. Arati, I have not substituted the eggs in this recipe but applesauce should work. I also have not used oil instead of butter but it should work.