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Apple-Cinnamon Bundt Cake

If you like, coat your Bundt pan with cooking spray just before filling it with the batter to ensure that the cake will release easily from the pan.

  • prep: 20 mins
    total time: 2 hours
  • servings: 10

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Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups packed light-brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 6 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons water

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Make the cake: In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.

  2. Step 2

    In a large bowl, combine butter, brown sugar, and eggs. Whisk until smooth. Gradually whisk in dry ingredients just until combined (do not overmix). Using a rubber spatula, fold in apples. Spoon batter into a 12-cup nonstick Bundt pan, and smooth top. Bake until a tester inserted in cake comes out clean, 50 to 60 minutes. Cool in pan on rack 15 minutes; invert onto rack to cool completely.

  3. Step 3

    Make the Glaze: Whisk together confectioners' sugar and enough water to form a thick yet pourable glaze. Set rack with cake over a piece of wax paper (for easy cleanup); drizzle cake with glaze, and let set before serving.

Source
Martha Stewart Living Special Issues, 2007

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Reviews (25)

  • angelaahsam 7 Dec, 2013

    Made this for Thanksgiving 2013. I shredded the apples and didn't worry (mixed up much like zucchini bread, thick). Baked up perfectly and the glaze was just sweet enough. Everyone enjoyed this fresh, autumnal cake.

  • ChalDhannu 9 Nov, 2013

    what an awkward and clumpsy cake to make. Didn't anyone experience mixing the sliced apples was hard!! It would have been nice if it said cut it into chunks. Mixing would have been much easier.

  • ChalDhannu 9 Nov, 2013

    what an awkward and clumpsy cake to make. Didn't anyone experience mixing the sliced apples was hard!! It would have been nice if it said that cut it into chunks. Mixing would have been much easier.

  • Ines M 19 Mar, 2013

    Very easy, simple with a spectacular flavor. Recommended. Try to put the apples with batter at the bottom of the pan.

  • Diane FR 14 Feb, 2013

    Really nice recipe. Just slice the apples thinly. Add more cinnamon in the batter recipe and lemon or or orange zest in the icing.

  • kaldridge2 21 Oct, 2012

    This was an easy recipe and I was able to make it with my four year old after I cut up the apples. Tastes good and is quite moist.

  • fleurcc 27 May, 2012

    This turned out really well! I did read reviews and grated 4 apples instead of 6 chunky. Delicious!

  • Monaaa 24 Sep, 2010

    it is really delicious, i tried it and followed the instructions in ( http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8711657338615658833# ) and it was wonderful just as it is . my kids and my family asked me to do it so many times and there is no worry at all about the 6 apples , on the contrary they make the cake icy especially after putting it in the refregirator for 1 night. follow the video and enjoy it.

  • VernaB 21 Sep, 2010

    This was dellicious! The second time I made 2 changes: first, I stirred 1/2 cup chopped walnuts into the batter; and second, I used apple juice instead of water for the glaze. Yum!!!

  • Lukiebear 19 Sep, 2010

    my icing looked great...wished i could send a picture of it.....

  • Lukiebear 19 Sep, 2010

    Just made it..so easy and delicious...it was a lot of apples but it was not too much...i did use dark br sugar....my husband loved it...just wished i had a little vanilla ice cream to go with it..

  • belle8620 18 Sep, 2010

    I agree that the 6 apples are too much..I was very disappointed and had to discard the whole cake. Maybe the recipe should say 6 small Granny Apples

  • LinnyDinny 9 Sep, 2010

    Two questions for anyone willing to help: 1. 6 apples cuts in 1/4 in slices is a lot of apples, right? felt like the apples took up most of the bundt pan and the cake batter just held it together like glue.

    2. did anyone elses icing not stay bright white (like the picture above)? the next day, mine looked more like a glaze than white icing.

    Thanks!

  • itsmarkmitchell 21 Feb, 2010

    I love this cake. I add raisins and pecans to the batter. After I spray my bundt pan, I sprinkle it with sugar, which makes for an amazing crust. I use fruit juice instead of water, or a little vanilla in my glaze.

  • CookieMum 7 Feb, 2010

    My husband and his buddies at work loved this cake. They've requested to have it again in the future. Nice and moist, great flavour. I did add a little extra cinnamon.

  • zoestar 12 Dec, 2008

    A big hit at a work brunch. I chopped the apples rather large using one of those core/slice tools... so I had 6-8 apple wedges then cut each wedge into 3-4 chunks. The batter is really thick so it holds the apples in place and they are evenly spaced in the finished cake. It could use a bit more cinnamon or spice... maybe molasses? II work in a nut-free zone but I bet it would be fabulous with walnuts or pecans.

  • tara 20 Nov, 2008

    This cake was a hit at the dinner party my girlfriends and I had! It was moist and delicious and very easy to make (even for a beginner baker like myself).

  • orthochick 1 Oct, 2008

    I may have been a bit premature with my previous comments. I do agree with cae_021, it was better the next day!

  • orthochick 28 Sep, 2008

    I thought the cake was good... very moist and very easy to make. Though, I thought it was lacking something, perhaps some vanilla. To me, it lacked depth of flavor. I'll give it another try with some tweaking.

  • orthochick 28 Sep, 2008

    I thought the cake was good... very moist and very easy to make. Though, I thought it was lacking something, perhaps some vanilla. To me, it lacked depth of flavor. I'll give it another try with some tweaking.

  • adsmith 26 Mar, 2008

    I don't understand how to cut the apples for this cake, can anyone advise?

  • robyn07 25 Dec, 2007

    It was so good! I made it for my family and it's moist and yummy and the icing is a perfect topping!

  • teeleaf22 24 Dec, 2007

    Delicious!! I made this for my office party and it was such a hit. I made it again today to take to mt family for Christmas eve dinner!

  • teeleaf22 24 Dec, 2007

    Delicious!! I made this for my office party and it was such a hit. I made it again today to take to mt family for Christmas eve dinner!

  • cae_021 20 Dec, 2007

    This cake was very delicious. Would be great with Ice Cream, my bundt was a little smaller than the required size (barely 10") so I was a tad worried; 6 apples seem small, but when u chop em up they really go a long way. Initially I was concerned about the amount of sugar (I don't have much of a sweet tooth) but the tartness of the apples balanced that off. Interestingly, it tasted better and better as it aged, it barely lasted 4 days and that was with threatening.