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Easy to make caramel apple bundt cake recipe that uses fresh apples, and is topped with a sweet and creamy caramel flavored glaze.

One of my goals in life is to live on a few acres and have my own miniature apple orchard. This is something I’ve dreamt of since I was a little girl. Of course, that dream has evolved as I’ve gotten older, but I still want my very own orchard (and chickens!). I’ve always loved apples–apple cider, apple butter, apple bread, even apple pie.

Of course, given the time of year, apples are in abundance everywhere and they are so so cheap–whether you have your own mini orchard or not 😉 Anyway, I’ve been craving more apples ever since I made that wonderfully delicious apple pie a few weeks ago. That’s where this Caramel Apple Bundt Cake Recipe comes into play. This fall cake recipe even uses fresh apples and is topped with a deliciously creamy caramel sauce.

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Ingredients for Apple Bundt Cake

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp Baking soda
  • 3 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 TBSP vanilla
  • 3 medium apples, peeled and finely chopped
  • 4 tbsp butter, cut into chunks
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup cream
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
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How to Make Caramel Apple Bundt Cake

Start by preheating the oven to 325 and lightly greasing a fluted baking pan. Set the pan aside for now. Then in a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. In another large bowl, cream together the oil, applesauce, yogurt and sugars until everything is well combined. Beat in the eggs one at a time, as well as the vanilla extract.

Pour the wet mixture into the large bowl of dry ingredients and stir together just until everything is incorporated. Avoid over mixing here or the finished cake may become too dense. Gently fold in the chopped apple chunks, and then spoon the batter into the prepared fluted pan.

Bake the apple bundt cake at 325 for 55-65 minutes on the center rack of the oven. The bundt cake is finished baking when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. At around the 40 minute mark it may be necessary to cover the edges of the cake with foil to avoid over-browning, but it will depend on your oven. Be sure to keep an eye on the apple cake while baking.

How to make Caramel glaze for apple cake

In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Once the butter is melted, whisk in brown sugar, vanilla and cream until everything is mixed. Bring the pan to a low boil, being sure to stir constantly. Use a silicone or wooden spoon for this, as plastic could melt. Let the mixture boil for 1 minute with no stirring, then reduce the heat to simmer for 1 minute. Remove the pan from heat and let it cool slightly to thicken. Then, whisk in sifted powdered sugar until you get a thicker glaze like consistency.

Turn the apple bundt cake out onto a wire cooling rack. Spoon the glaze overtop of the apple bundt cake and let it cool the rest of the way before serving.

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Caramel Apple Bundt Cake

Yield: 12 slices
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Easy to make caramel apple bundt cake recipe that uses fresh apples, and is topped with a sweet and creamy caramel flavored glaze.

Ingredients

For the Cake

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp Baking soda
  • 3 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 TBSP vanilla
  • 3 medium apples, peeled and finely chopped

For the Caramel Glaze

  • 4 tbsp butter, cut into chunks
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup cream
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted **
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

For the Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 325, and lightly grease a fluted pan.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a separate large bowl, combine oil, applesauce, yogurt, and sugars. Mix together until well combined.
  4. Beat in eggs and vanilla until creamy.
  5. Pour mixture into dry ingredients and stir until just incorporated. Do not over mix here.
  6. Fold in apple chunks.
  7. Spoon mixture into prepared pan and bake for 55-65 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. It may be necessary to cover the edges of the cake with foil towards the end to avoid over-browning.

For the Caramel Glaze

  1. Melt butter over medium heat
  2. Stir in brown sugar, vanilla and cream and whisk together until fully mixed.
  3. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring often.
  4. Let boil for 1 minute with no stirring.
  5. Reduce heat and let simmer 1 minute.
  6. Remove from heat and let cool slightly to thicken (about 2 minutes)
  7. Whisk in powdered sugar (sifted) and mix until smooth.


Assembly

  1. Remove the finished apple cake from the bundt pan and place it on a wire rack to cool.
  2. Spoon the caramel glaze mixture on top of the finished cake.
  3. Let it finish cooling before slicing and serving.

Notes

** Sifting the powdered sugar helps prevents clumps of sugar in the glaze

Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1 slice, about 1 cup
Amount Per Serving Calories 499Total Fat 22gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 15gCholesterol 65mgSodium 264mgCarbohydrates 72gFiber 2gSugar 45gProtein 6g

Nutrition values are automatically calculated by third-party software using global standards. Please note that values can vary based on product brands and different nutritional calculators. The values stated here are only for a basic reference and are not evaluated by medical or nutritional professionals.

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Michelle

Saturday 18th of December 2021

Hi! The cake looks delicious. What variety of apples did you use?

Joann kemple

Sunday 26th of June 2022

@Michelle, I also would like to know what kind of apples you used.

doris stuart

Sunday 7th of November 2021

what size pan do use for this cake and looks so good

Amanda

Monday 8th of November 2021

I just used a standard bundt pan, I believe it's 12 cup or 10.5 inch

Emily

Monday 5th of October 2020

I’m making this today and very excited to eat it. The recipe doesn’t say when to add vanilla, I assume after adding powdered sugar?

Amanda

Monday 5th of October 2020

Thanks for pointing that out Emily. You'll add the vanilla for the caramel glaze in step 2, however if you add it in with the powdered sugar that should be fine.

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