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Easy Apple Spice Bundt Cake Recipe for Fall Baking

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Apple Spice Bundt Cake is one of the easiest, prettiest, most delicious apple spice cakes you can make. Made with fresh apples and warm fall spices, it’s soft and tender with a stick to your fork moist crumb. And easy? Absolutely!

Side view of sliced Apple Spice Bundt Cake with tea.

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If you love fresh apples and Bundt cakes, this is an apple cake you want to bookmark and make this season. Layered with fresh apples and crunchy nuts, it’s a sweet, moist, tender, crowd-pleasing dessert perfect for afternoon tea, Thanksgiving, or anytime you’re craving a sweet treat.

Every bite of this delicious cake tastes like a beautiful autumn day!

3 Reasons Why You’ll Love This Easy Apple Spice Bundt Cake:

  • It’s a Bundt cake— which means it’s one of the easiest and prettiest cakes you can make without a lot of fuss or decorating. It’s a little like Pumpkin Bundt Cake or the Hummingbird Cake.
  • It has THE BEST Texture and is filled with fresh apples and crunchy nuts if you choose to use them!
  • It’s Perfectly Spiced with beautiful fall flavors of cinnamon, allspice, and cloves. It tastes and smells like autumn has arrived!

Best Apples for Baking

Let’s talk about the fresh apples in this easy cake recipe!

Apples are a favorite ingredient that can be found year-round and used in various sweet and savory recipes, from an anytime apple cake to roasted fall vegetables.

Whether you’re whipping up apple cinnamon muffins, or Apple Cinnamon Scones Recipe, you may be wondering…

Which are the best apples for baking?

​Recipes like this one often advise you to use your favorite baking apples.

The best baking apples are in varieties known for their crisp and firm texture, which holds up during baking instead of becoming mushy. Here are some of the best and most popular apples varitiesi for baking.

  • Honeycrisp
  • Jazz
  • Pazazz
  • Braeburn
  • Jonagold
  • Pacific Rose
  • Pink Lady
  • Fuji
  • Pinata
  • Granny Smith

Popular apple varieties like Red Delicious, Gala, and McIntosh soften very quickly in baking and do not provide the best texture.

Side view of unsliced Apple Spice Cake on a white cake stand with fall leaves in the background

Apple Spice Bundt Cake Ingredients

Here is a list of the ingredients needed to make this moist and delicious cake. The exact measurements are in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  • Apples: Use your favorite variety of baking apples and dice them small
  • Nuts: I’m using chopped walnuts, but you can substitute these for your favorite nut, or eliminate them if you are concerned about nut allergies.
  • All-purpose flour and baking powder for leavening
  • Large eggs at room temperature for stability and texture
  • Spices: Ground cinnamon, allspice, cloves and a dash of salt
  • Cooking oil for moisture and texture

Kitchen Tools

I’m using my stand mixer for this recipe, but a handheld electric mixer works just as well for making the batter. It’s also easy to make entirely by hand with a bowl, whisk, and spatula.

You will also need a 10-12 cup Bundt pan. I’m using a gold 12-cup Bundt pan.

Top view of baked Apple Spice Bundt Cake with powdered sugar and halved walnuts

How to Make an Easy Apple Spice Cake

An apple spice Bundt cake is one of the easiest cakes you can make. You can find step-by-step instructions in the recipe card below, but here is a brief overview:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and generously grease a 10 to 12-inch Bundt pan or tube pan.

Step One: Make the batter

​Whisk the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, allspice, salt, and cloves until combined. Reserve 1 tablespoon of the flour mixture to toss the apples in. Set aside.

Combine the sugar, oil, eggs, and vanilla in a stand mixer or a large mixing bowl and mix until well blended. I like to use my stand mixer, but an electric mixer works just as well. It’s also an easy batter to mix by hand.

Step Two: Chop the apples


Peel, core, and chop the apples into small pieces, then toss with the reserved 1 tablespoon flour mixture. This helps keep the apples distributed throughout the cake.

Top view of first layer of unbaked Apple Spice Bundt Cake

Step Three: Assemble the Bundt cake

Pour 1/3 of the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the top with 1/2 of the apples and 1/2 of the chopped nuts (if using)—alternate layers of batter and filling, ending with a final layer of batter.

Top view of unbaked Apple Spice Bundt Cake ready for the oven

Step Four: Bake the cake


Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. I like to let the cake cool in the Bundt pan for about 10 minutes before inverting it onto a rack to cool. This helps quickly release the cake from the pan.

Top view of baked Apple Spice Cake in a gold Bundt cake.

I like to serve this cake by simply dusting powdered sugar over the top just before serving.

Easy Tips for Making a Bundt Cake

While this apple spice cake is easy to make, there are a few tips to help make it foolproof.

  1. Generously grease the bundt pan. A baking spray with flour works beautifully. Take a pastry brush and spread it into all the crevices of the baking pan.
  2. Use a large ice cream scoop to portion the cake batter into the pan. It makes spreading the batter evenly a lot easier.
  3. Let the cake cool in the pan for at least 10 minutes and up to 20 minutes. The cake will release from the pan more easily after sitting for a bit.

How to Store Apple Spice Bundt Cake

Store the cake in an airtight container at room temperature for 3 days or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

For longer storage, you can freeze the whole cake or individual slices in an airtight container or freezer-safe resealable bag. It will keep for up to three months.

To thaw, refrigerate overnight and let the cake come to room temperature before serving.

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Side view of sliced Apple Spice Bundt Cake with tea.

Easy Apple Spice Bundt Cake

Apple Spice Bundt Cake is one of the easiest, prettiest, most delicious apple spice cakes you can make. Made with fresh apples and warm fall spices, it's soft and tender with a stick to your fork moist crumb. And easy? Absolutely!
4.6 from 16 votes
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 16 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 3/4 cups brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups apples peeled, cored and diced (about 3 apples)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • confectioners' sugar for dusting

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and generously grease a 10 to 12-inch Bundt pan or tube pan.
  • Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice, salt, and cloves in a bowl. Reserve 1 tablespoon of the flour mixture to mix into the chopped apples and set aside.
  • Combine sugar, oil, room temperature eggs, and vanilla in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or a large bowl using an electric mixer. Beat until well combined and smooth. Gradually stir in the flour mixture until blended.
  • Toss chopped apples with reserved flour mixture.
  • Pour 1/3 of the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle with 1/2 of the apples and half of the walnuts. Alternate layers of batter and filling, ending with a final layer of batter.
    Top view of first layer of unbaked Apple Spice Bundt Cake
  • Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Let cool in the Bundt pan for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
    Top view of unbaked Apple Spice Bundt Cake ready for the oven
  • Dust with powdered sugar before serving.
    Top view of baked Apple Spice Cake in a gold Bundt cake.

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Notes

Storing and Freezing Apple Spice Bundt Cake
Store the cake in an airtight container at room temperature for 3 days or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
For longer storage, you can freeze the whole cake or individual slices in an airtight container or freezer-safe resealable bag. It will keep for up to three months.
To thaw, refrigerate overnight and let the cake come to room temperature before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 380kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 12g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 219mg | Potassium: 110mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 78IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple spice cake, apple bundt cake

10 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Thank you for this recipe! We recently made this for a “welcome home” dinner for our son and everyone loved it! It was easy and delicious. Now on our list favorites!

    1. I have not yet tested this recipe with gluten-free flour but have had a lot of success with Bob’s Red Mill GF 1:1 flour in most of my baking.

        1. Thanks much, will give that a try. Was thinking about making for Thanksgiving but one family member having issues w/gluten.

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