Make apples the star of your dessert table! These 25 apple cake recipes will allow you to make the most of one of fall’s most popular and plentiful fruits.
The humble apple: the lunch bag staple, the original portable after-school snack, the fruit that’s always readily available no matter the time of year. We all love that crisp, juicy crunch of the first bite in a fresh apple!
Sometimes, we remember to slice them up and put them in a pie or maybe make some apple sauce or a Dutch baby. But, apples are one of the most overlooked fruits when it comes to baking and it’s time to change that. That’s where this collection of sweet, satisfying apple cake recipes from around the globe comes in!
There’s a little of everything here—including old-fashioned apple cakes that will evoke memories of baking with your grandparents. They’re usually simple yet comforting – often with a generous helping of streusel on top and juicy chunks or slices of apples baked right in.
Spiced apple cakes or apple snacking cakes are close cousins of those old-fashioned apple cake recipes. Warm fall spices are the perfect flavor match for apples—think gingerbread apple cider bundt cake or apple spice cupcakes! And take that classic snacking cake, the coffee cake, up a notch by adding apples or, turn apples into a delicious pan of blondies drizzled with a butterscotch glaze.
Perhaps the most celebrated apple companion is caramel! A rich, salty caramel paired with a sweet, juicy apple is irresistible—like in an apple bundt cake with salted caramel glaze or caramel apple sheet cake. Mouth-watering!
For more festive occasions, try making a layered apple cake. Turn the classic apple crisp into an elegant apple crisp layer cake, or, for a more rustic but equally stunning cake, try my layered apple cake with caramelized apple buttercream.
For a sweet change, try baking some traditional apple cakes from around the world, such as a classic Italian apple cake or Apfelkuchen (German apple cake). And of course, the ever-popular French apple cake—including a skillet version!
Apples are so much more than… well… apples! Make the most of this year-round fruit in your baking with this stunning collection of 25 apple cake recipes!
by Food Nouveau
Traditional Tarte Tatin turned into a lovely cake doused in maple caramel—what’s not to like? Tatin Cake will quickly become one of your favorite fall desserts.
by The Bake School
Drizzle salted caramel over an apple bundt cake with this easy recipe that is a simple, yet satisfying way to bake with apples.
This Caramel Apple Sheet Cake is moist and buttery, with cinnamon and apples throughout. Plus a silky icing infused with caramel flavor that is to die for!
by My Kitchen Love
This Bird’s Nest Apple Caramel Cake gets its name from its soft spongy texture nestled with baked apples and caramel. The apples are surrounded by their “nest” aka cake that has a lovely caramel flavored exterior.
by Noshing with the Nolands
This easy Apple Dump Cake recipe is so amazingly simple to prepare but tastes like you spent all day baking in the kitchen! Apples and cinnamon pair together so perfectly together for any fall dessert. You can have this delicious apple dessert baked and ready in under an hour. It’s all the apple pie flavor you want, but now you don’t have to make the pie pastry!
by Your Guardian Chef
This Italian apple cake is simply made with plenty of apples to enjoy their taste fully: 1 kilo (2 pounds) of apples and no other spices added. It is the juice from these apples that make this cake creamy and fluffy.
by Masala Herb
Easy German apple cake, great for beginners and if you need a cake instantly. Deliciously moist and with raw apples. You need to bake this German dessert asap! Everyone loves apple cake.
by Bacon is Magic
This Irish apple cake is so good you can eat it as a dessert or even for breakfast with tea. It’s creamy crunch and the whiskey cream is decadent.
by Family Style Food
Easy to make and loaded with fruit, this moist French apple cake has the irresistible texture of bread pudding. Serve warm, straight from the cast iron skillet.
by Pardon Your French
This elegant yet easy Classic French Apple Cake is a simple combination of rum-flavored cake nestled with big chunks of apples. Perfect from breakfast to dessert!
by Food Nouveau
This aromatic layered apple cake is filled with a silky buttercream that bursts with juicy apple flavor and topped with a nutty, crunchy crumble. The harmonious combination of flavors and delightful textures in this cake is simply irresistible!
by Liv for Cake
Make the most of apple season! This Apple Crisp Cake pairs spice cake layers with a delicious homemade apple pie filling and apple crisp crumble.
by Style Sweet
Full apple flavor and served with a to-die-for apple cider caramel sauce, this Caramel Apple Spice Cake is the perfect celebration cake for all your fall festivities. Three different types of apples are used to keep things extra moist and flavorful.
by Simple Bites
If you love the lightness of an apple cider cake and the deep flavors of a gingerbread bundt cake, then you’ll appreciate that this apple bundt cake has the best of both.
Bake this easy apple spice cake to treat your friends and family! I drew inspiration from a zucchini bread method to make my apple cake as moist as possible by adding oodles of grated apples directly to the batter.
by I Heart Eating
These apple spice cupcakes are super moist and made with fresh apples, applesauce, and plenty of warm spices. It’s a simple and delicious dessert the whole family will love!
by Rich and Delish
This apple crumble cake is made with a buttery cinnamon spiced cake that is filled with fresh chopped apples, and topped with a crumble topping!
by Anna Banana
This old-fashioned, easy apple cake is the only apple cake recipe you will need in the fall! Beautifully simple, with a dense and moist crumb, golden and buttery crust, a thick layer of apple slices, and delightfully crunchy topping of demerara sugar.
by Bessie Bakes
This delectable apple streusel cake has a fluffy and tender crumb and is filled with diced apples and cinnamon streusel that is the perfect snack or dessert or brunch or whatever-time-of-the-day cake! I’ve included tons of step-by-step photos and a video to ensure your baking success.
by Life Love and Good Food
This Apple Walnut Bundt Cake is not only the perfect fall dessert, it’s downright apple-licious! Studded with tart Granny Smith apples, crunchy walnuts, and cinnamon spice, this Apple Bundt Cake is easy to prepare and stays fresh and super moist for days.
by Food Nouveau
These decadent brown butter apple blondies turn the delicious fall fruit into an easy treat topped with an irresistible salted butterscotch glaze.
by Christina’s Cucina
This unfussy apple cake made with this recipe will become your go-to apple cake recipe simply because it’s so easy to make, delicious and moist!
by Savory Experiments
The Apple Coffee Cake recipe uses crescent dough for fun ribbons of buttery pastry with tender apples, a caramel sauce and crunch of salt.
by Pardon Your French
A Breton Pound Cake, known as “Quatre-Quarts” (four quarters) is the ubiquitous French snacking cake. It’s simple, not-too-sweet, just dense enough to be eaten with your hands and full of buttery flavors. This version is studded with lightly caramelized apple chunks to keep it moist and irresistible. A great year-round recipe for your baking repertoire!
by Chenée Today
The best apple cider donut cake recipe and the ultimate fall dessert, this apple cider donut bundt cake promises to become one of your favorites! This baked treat tastes just like those delicious apple cider donuts you love!