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.
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 apple cake recipes and let me know which one you like the best!
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 morning or afternoon tea or serve it with ice cream for dessert, you can’t go wrong!
Next up is a dessert that combines 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 ten times tastier.
There’s something so rustic about bundt cakes, don’t you agree?
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. With large chunks of apples in every bite, its apple-y goodness cannot be denied.
If you think the cake sounds impressive, wait until you try it with caramel drizzled on top.
Prepare your taste buds for a magical experience they’ll never forget.
Banana bread is arguably the king when it comes to sweet quick breads. Still, I highly recommend you to 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.
Serve this with coffee for a delicious breakfast that doesn’t just satisfy but exceeds expectations.
This next dessert is a cross between an apple pie and cupcakes, and I know you’ll love it.
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.
This cake has three layers of moist and fluffy apple cake filled and frosted with a decadent brown butter cream cheese frosting.
Let me just repeat that last bit: brown butter and cream cheese frosting.
I’d gladly eat that on its own with a spoon!
This cake is a fantastic alternative to the typical chocolate or vanilla birthday cakes.
So if you know someone who loves fall flavors, this cake is the perfect birthday gift.
If you need a quick and easy dessert that will 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 the thing that I love the most is how effortless it is to make!
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 that you don’t need any frosting or glaze on top.
Instead, a simple dusting of powdered sugar will suffice!
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.
If you want it a little more indulgent, top it with whipped cream and caramel or a heaping scoop of ice cream. Yum!
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.
Here’s another tasty European apple cake recipe, only this time, we’re heading to Romania.
What makes it different from the French and German cakes? A lot of things!
First, 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.
It’s finished with a dusting of powdered sugar, sliced into squares, and enjoyed with coffee. Delish!
This Jewish apple cake is more similar to an American apple cake, albeit a little 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 don’t need frosting.
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. In fact, it’s almost healthy.
14. Dutch Apple Cake
So far, we’ve covered French, Romanian, German, and American apple cakes. But don’t pick a favorite just yet, because there’s more to come.
This Dutch apple cake, for instance, 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.
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 taste buds to enjoy.
Topped with apples and cranberries, it has the perfect balance of sweet and tart tastes and fun textures.
Here’s yet another magnificent cake that’s perfect with 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 pretty spectacular once it’s topped with a crisp, buttery crumble and drizzled with a decadent brown sugar glaze.
So while it’s great for breakfast, it’s just as tasty as dessert. Make it a la mode with a scoop of your favorite ice cream.
This recipe is exactly what you need if you’re having guests over for an impromptu get-together.
All it takes is 10 minutes of prep and 20 minutes of baking. It’s a fool-proof dessert that can quickly satisfy a crowd.
This cake is made with apple butter and applesauce, making it extra moist and tasty.
Then, it’s topped with apple cider glaze to add even more delicious apple flavor.
Imagine a dessert that’s part cake and part donut. Sound 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.
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.
If you’re looking for a simple recipe that never fails to impress, here it is.
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!
Pound cakes are traditionally more dense than sponge cakes, but this one is actually pretty light.
The secret to the more delicate texture is sparkling apple cider. Those bubbles work like magic!
Not only do they give the cake flavor, but also an airy texture you’ll love.
Other than pumpkins, apples are the quintessential fall treat. But what about pears?
I’m pretty sure their gritty texture turns people off. But did you know that if you cook pears, the undesirable texture goes away?
And when you pair them with apples, you get something buttery, sweet, fruity, and divine.
Don’t take my word for it, though! Try this pear and apple pound cake and see for yourself.
I think 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.
These cupcakes are incredibly moist and lighter than air!
They’re infused with applesauce, cinnamon, and cloves, which offer such a warming fall flavor.
Top them with decadent cream cheese frosting for a beautiful contrast to the dainty cakes.
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 just impossible to resist, especially with that mouthwatering cream cheese frosting on top.
The best part? While this cake looks extremely intimidating to make, it’s actually relatively easy, thanks to a humble box of yellow cake mix!
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