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This classic, moist Bundt cake will fill your home with the scent of comfort food.

Source: Everyday Food, March 2004
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Cook's Notes

Granny Smith apples hold their shape well during baking and provide a sweet-tart taste. 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.

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  • joiseegirl
    30 OCT, 2018
    We LOVE this cake - easy to make, delicious, makes the house smell great. Like apple pie, but cake format. The first time I made it years ago after seeing John Barricelli make it, I followed the recipe EXACTLY, and it came out great. (I don't understand why people do not follow the recipe the first time they make it. Give the recipe author the benefit of the doubt before tweaking their recipe.) My family also likes spice cake, so I started adding 1/4 t. of other fall spices - nutmeg, cloves, ginger. Also 1/2 c. chopped walnuts. This recipe is in my rotation, have taken it to work and church gatherings, and always gets rave reviews. A few other of John's recipes I highly recommend: carrot cake (best I've ever tasted!), his pasta Lazio, tomato tarte, and ricotta cheesecake. Miss seeing him on TV.
  • MS11411252
    14 SEP, 2018
    A simple, easy recipe that the family loved. I did slice the apples thinner than the recipe said. A moist cake that is wonderful in apple picking season!
  • ALR11675263DW
    20 NOV, 2017
    Really moist, delicious cake. I used whatever apples I had in the house and it turned out great. For the frosting, I added a bit of almond extract for a little extra flavor. Everyone loved it!
  • MS11626603
    2 OCT, 2017
    We love this cake! We eat it right after the 15 min cooling period is up, as soon as it comes out of the pan. We don't put a glaze on it, we don't think it needs it. It is very moist and flavorful. 2 more things I do differently: I use Pumpkin Pie Spice instead of just cinnamon, and I slice the apples 1/8th of an inch thick, some come out thinner than that. Make sure to use a serrated knife for cutting the cake, it will make it easier to get through all the apples!
  • aprimoearthlin
    21 DEC, 2015
    I made this cake and I sliced the apples, as the recipe states. The batter barely covered the apples, so I was afraid it wouldn't hold together. It came out fine, however, I think the cake would cut more easily if the apples had been chopped rather than sliced. The flavor of the cake is good, but it seems like it could use a little something. I think I may add ginger if I make it again.
  • crazyforbirdtoy
    13 NOV, 2015
    I was wondering how exactly the apples should be cut, cannot remember seen the show but when its time to do it you cannot always remember exactly how. Hope someone has the answer since i am ready to make this for my son. Thanks
    • fms070
      18 NOV, 2015
      Hi, according to John Barricelli, who made this recipe on Martha's site, the peeled and cored apples were cut in half, then sliced 1/4 inch thick. :)
  • melodee01
    4 FEB, 2015
    Hi, can you substitute the apples with strawberries? I was wondering if this recipe works well with strawberries that I just chop into small pieces, instead add same amount of strawberries instead of apples? Or do you suggest I puree them? Thanks!! I like apple cinnamon cake, but I dont want big chunky apples, I just wanted more of an apple cinnamon flavor so I was wondering if I could do strawberry cake always been wanting to make a strawberry-like cake! Thanks!! :)
  • sarlou
    7 NOV, 2014
    This cake is delicious! I added a 1/2 tsp of ginger and it was wonderful. Quick and easy to make up. Definitely a great cake for autumn when apples are abundant.
  • MS112587500
    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.
  • sapnam4813620
    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.

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