Being blessed with a productive apple tree, means I'm always looking for ways to use up the abundance. This easy apple cake is just the thing. It comes together quickly and impressively for weeknights or fancy dinners.
This cake uses melted butter meaning no need to worry about time for softening. The ingredients are already likely on hand in your pantry, too. It takes a while to bake, but that is obviously hands-off time.
Spice or Not
This cake is delightful without the spice. I personally prefer the spice but have a few family members who can do without. So I've made it both ways and it's excellent, though different, with or without.
Whole Grain Option
Substitute up to 1 cup of the unbleached all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour. This gives this cake a delightful whole grain crunch and flavor perfect for cool fall nights. I don't know that it truly makes it healthier but it is flavorful.
The caramel glaze is really delightful on this cake. The salted butter gives it a slightly salty mix to the sweet that is delicious. Use unsalted butter for less salty flavor, if desired.
Substitute a chocolate or simple vanilla glaze instead. Or skip the glaze all together and simply serve the cake with ice cream or whipped cream.
- 2 Cups Peeled & Chopped Apples
- 1 Cup Sugar
- 3 Eggs
- 1/4 Cup Apple Juice
- 2/3 Cup Salted Butter, Melted
- 3 Cups Unbleached, All Purpose Flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Soda
- 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon, optional
- 1 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg, optional
- 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cloves, optional
- 1/3 Cup Brown Sugar, packed
- 1/3 Cup Salted Butter
- 1 Tablespoon Milk
- 2 Tablespoons Powdered Sugar
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter and flour a bundt pan.
Sift together the flours, spices, and baking soda. Set aside.
Whisk together the melted, juice, eggs, and sugar until creamy. Fold in the dry ingredients and mix well, the batter will be a little stiff. Fold in the apples.
Pour into prepared pan and bake 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool in pan for 15 minutes before turning out onto a cake plate. Allow to cool completely before drizzing with the:
Combine brown sugar, milk, and butter in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
Stir to prevent scorching and ensure that the sugar melts completely.
Remove from heat and whisk in the powdered sugar. Whisk until smooth. It will get thicker.
Pour over cake, allowing it to run down the sides a bit.