Apple Fritter Cake


So my husband refuses to eat breakfast for dinner.

Like ever.


BUT he will eat dinner for breakfast.


So pancakes for dinner, no way, but Sesame Chicken for breakfast, yes please.


I never really gave it much thought until our little guys came along…

Kids historically LOVE breakfast for dinner.

But I have to deprive my children this milestone of childhood because the husband puts his foot down.


And also, anywhere that SELLS breakfast for dinner he will deny.

iHop?  Only before 11:00 am.

A Diner?  Drag him kicking and screaming.


We are currently in a stand-off.

The epic battle of Pancakes Past Noon.


BUT sometimes I like to trick him and serve breakfast for dessert…

He doesn’t even know what’s happening.

I am basically a dessert genie.


Case in point…Apple Fritter Cake.

Cake that derived from a breakfast food, shape-shifted into a cake, disguised as dessert.


A genie.


The cake has a few steps, so bear with me on this one.

It’s not hard, I promise.

Grab your supplies…

PhotobucketChop up a couple apples…

PhotobucketYou’ll need about 2 cups.

PhotobucketCook them up with some sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cornstarch and water…


Let your apples cool.

Meanwhile make your cake batter.  You’ll need to add some applesauce to your butter and sugar…

PhotobucketAdd in some eggs and vanilla too.  The batter will look a little odd, but it’s ok.


Next add in your dry ingredients…


And some Greek yogurt.  Alternate them as you add them.


Then spread half of the batter in a prepared 9×13.

Pour your delicious apple concoction up on top…

PhotobucketThen sprinkle some brown sugar and cinnamon on top of that.
Finish by spreading the remainder of your batter to cover the apples and a little more brown sugar.

Can you believe this is real life?

PhotobucketWhen your cake is baked, you need to kill it a little.

Grab a butter knife and poke it 31 times.  Exactly.

PhotobucketThen whip up a little glaze.

Glaze is good, say it with me.

Then pour this over top of your holey-hot cake.

Let the heavens open up and sing to you now…


Let it cool a few minutes and then stick your face in it.




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Apple Fritter Cake
serves 8-10
  • 2 cups chopped Granny Smith Apples (about 2 medium)
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp water
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ⅓ cup butter, room temperature
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2¼ cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup greek yogurt or sour cream
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
Make Filling
  1. In a medium saucepan combine apples, granulated sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cornstarch and water. Heat over medium heat for5-6 minutes until apples soften and a liquid thickens. Set aside to cool.
  2. Mix dark brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and set aside.
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Spray a 9x13 pan with baking spray.
  3. In your mixing bowl beat butter and sugar, about 3 minutes until fluffy. Add applesauce, vanilla and eggs and mix on medium until combined.
  4. In a separate bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
  5. Add the dry mixture and the Greek yogurt in alternating parts, starting and ending with the dry.
  6. Mix until just combined.
  7. Spread ½ the cake batter in the bottom of the prepared pan. Top with the apple mixture, spreading carefully to cover the batter. Then top with ⅔ of the brown sugar, sprinkling all over the apple mixture.
  8. Cover with the remaining batter and sprinkle the remaining ⅓ of the brown sugar all over the top.
  9. Bake 35-40 minutes, or until the center of the cake is set.
  1. While the cake is baking prepare the glaze by mixing the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla in a medium bowl.
  2. When cake is done, immediately poke holes in the cake using a butter knife, about 30 pokes.
  3. Pour the glaze over the top of the cake spreading to cover it completely.
  4. Let the glaze set up for about 20 minutes before serving.
recipe adapted from Nerdy Baker


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133 Comments on "Apple Fritter Cake"


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Amy J
September 30, 2012 4:44 pm

This looks SOOO good. Will be making it soon! Thanks for sharing 🙂

October 18, 2012 5:32 pm

Just made this cake…countdown 30 minutes! CANNOT WAIT.

October 18, 2012 6:11 pm

Sooo deliciious! Had a piece with fresh chilled apple cider, perfect.

Blog is the New Black
September 30, 2012 4:49 pm

Love breakfast for dinner. And this cake. YUM! 😉

Blog is the New Black
September 30, 2012 4:50 pm

Love breakfast for dinner! And this cake. YUM!

Aimee @ ShugarySweets
September 30, 2012 5:03 pm

We love breakfast for dinner around these parts….and breakfast for dessert sounds awesome too!!

September 30, 2012 5:20 pm

Too much YUM for one cake! SO GOOD SOUNDING!

Lisa {Sweet 2 Eat Baking}
September 30, 2012 6:12 pm

This lookks divine and perfect for this time of the year. As for your husband denying breakfast when it’s not breakfast, that’s craziness. Everyone loves a night time bowl of cereal! What about all day breakfast? Technically that’s just not a breakfast. LOL.

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
September 30, 2012 6:34 pm

Aww yeah!

Lauren at Keep It Sweet
September 30, 2012 6:39 pm

I could eat breakfast for dinner any day. And um this cake, killing me!

September 30, 2012 7:36 pm

I am always in favor of tricking the husband especially if he is going to be so unreasonable regarding breakfast for dinner. I am glad you liked it!

September 30, 2012 7:45 pm

I love having breakfast for dinner!

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust
September 30, 2012 7:56 pm

I love breakfast for dinner. So easy, and hello, it’s an excuse to eat dessert with my meal. Win-win. This cake is amazing – I have to make it for my mom!

September 30, 2012 7:57 pm

This looks insaaaanely good! I am quite fond of breakfast for any meal of the day. I do remember especially loving it as a kid, but even now, I’m all for it. I could probably eat this cake for dinner actually! And by probably, I mean I could. And I will. And I am not ashamed.

September 30, 2012 8:04 pm

Look soooo yummy! Bought some granny smith apple today coz i had a feeling that i am going to bake. Apple fritter cake it is 🙂

Averie @ Averie Cooks
September 30, 2012 8:16 pm

I love apple fritters and love that made a big huge one, baked, in a big pan! My kinda thinking! The scent of it baking must have been heavenly!

September 30, 2012 8:39 pm

I’m fairly certain I’d be content living off of breakfast for dinner…the converse, not so much. And dessert for dinner? Even better. Love the sound of this cake!

September 30, 2012 8:46 pm

Serious genious here! I can’t wait to make this cake…YUM!!

September 30, 2012 9:20 pm

I will not be happy until I have rolled around naked in your cake. That’s cool with you, right?

Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel
October 1, 2012 9:39 am

Naked cake-rolling party? I am SO. IN.
I definitely need to have my face stuffed with this cake, luau-pig style.

Sorry Karly and I gave you and your cake weird visuals.

September 30, 2012 10:49 pm

I would like to implement a rule in my house that if you aren’t cooking it, you don’t have a say. My husband is the same way and getting worse…. The other day he claimed he couldn’t eat the pancakes I made for breakfast because he heard that Bill O’Reilly says you shouldn’t eat wheat. Then he ate a bagel. Whatever. I’m making the cake.

October 1, 2012 12:26 am

Breakfast for dessert? I am all in for this idea!!! I want to swim in the glaze that you poured on top of the cake!!! It looks heavenly!!!

Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts
October 1, 2012 12:57 am

Breakfast for dinner is the best! And this cake looks so good!!

October 1, 2012 2:57 am

Holy-hot cake? Holy moly. I used to eat apple fritters for breakfast, lunch, dinner, elevensies, and in-between tea times. Thank you for sharing this–my waistline hates it, but I tell it to suck it up (literally!). I can’t wait to try it!

October 1, 2012 3:43 am

Mmmm that looks very YUM! 🙂

Brian @ A Thought For Food
October 1, 2012 8:13 am

I can just smell this cake just based on these pictures. Oh what I wouldn’t do for a slice!

Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies
October 1, 2012 8:57 am

I love breakfast for dinner. And dinner for breakfast! I would totally eat the heck out of this cake any time of day, though.

October 1, 2012 9:15 am

Can’t wait to try this! As for me, breakfast for dinner, dinner for breakfast. . .I’ll eat it all!

October 1, 2012 9:47 am

My husband is also anti-Breakfast for Dinner. What weirdos! He does love apple fritters though so I probably have to make this for him. Great idea!

October 1, 2012 9:49 am

I love apple fritters! But as a cake, it’s brilliant and no chance of burning yourself in hot oil.

Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.
October 1, 2012 9:56 am

oh how awesome! I will be trying this!

Cookbook Queen
October 1, 2012 10:10 am

I cannot even STAND how crazy good this cake looks!! I have to make it!!

I am a HUGE fan of breakfast for dinner. Because breakfast is dessert disguised as a meal, so breakfast for dinner is dinner dessert. What could be better?

October 1, 2012 10:22 am
I am hard wired to only have breakfast at breakfast. Usually carb based too. Drives me nuts to go to Bread Co and see people having salad at 10am. WTF is wrong with those people??? I remember when I was trying to cut carbs having a conversation with someone about how I didn’t know what to have for breakfast. And they said “Oh you can have anything! Chicken salad, soup…” I looked at them like they were speaking Klingon. I said BREAKFAST! And I often have scrambled eggs and toast for dinner. What about quishe?? Does that count as dinner… Read more »
sally @ sallys baking addiction
October 1, 2012 10:37 am

Shelly – wow. this cake looks SO moist and literally dripping with flavor. The glaze is gorgeous and I can only imagine what one bite tastes like. Pinning this recipe – my family would LOVE it Shelly! Esp this time of year!

Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray
October 1, 2012 10:47 am

Ummmm…can I eat THIS for dinner?! Please??

September 16, 2014 2:38 am

I can eat this to

Glory/ Glorious Treats
October 1, 2012 1:07 pm

Yes, I’ll gladly say it with you…. glaze is good!! And I’d eat this cake for breakfast, lunch or dinner! Looks so delicious!

Kelly Senyei (Just a Taste)
October 1, 2012 1:37 pm

Oh my word! Apple fritters are my favorite doughnut OF ALL TIME so I can only imagine how amazing they would be in cake form!

Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies
October 1, 2012 2:08 pm

Dear Mr. Cookies & Cups,

Brinner is a thing. Really. Get with the times, Mister. And what would you do if I served you chilaquiles? Chicken and crispy tortilla strips and peppers and avocados, and SCRAMBLED EGGS. It’s dinner, it’s breakfast, it’s a whole lotta delicious, man.

And this line: “When your cake is baked, you need to kill it a little.” I. Died.

October 1, 2012 2:23 pm

I love love love your blog. I wish I lived in a world that I could make these beautiful and delicious treats everyday (or even every other day). But I do on the occasion and it is so yummy and special.

October 1, 2012 2:28 pm

Men! I could eat this any hour of the day or night….easy. Wish I had some right now with a great cup of coffee!

P.S. Is the 2nd 1/2 tsp cinnamon & the brown sugar for the topping? Just checking ~ 🙂

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Genie for sure! This looks amazing!

October 1, 2012 3:14 pm

You`re a genius. Glaze is veryyy good. This cake look so freakin amazing. JUST as amazing as having breakfast for dinner.

October 1, 2012 3:17 pm

You are hilarious! Love this line…” So pancakes for dinner, no way, but Sesame Chicken for breakfast, yes please.”
My hubby isn’t a fan of breakfast for dinner either so no fun at my house either. I do wonder if he would do dinner for breakfast though. Hmmm….

Rachel Cooks
October 1, 2012 3:35 pm

No breakfast for dinner? That’s just wrong. My husband doesn’t love it either, but he tends not to complain (much) if I’m cooking. Especially when I’m pregnant. Because he knows THAT will not end well for him.

This cake is going on my must-make list.

Loretta E
October 1, 2012 3:47 pm

Oh my. This looks gorgeous! I love all the little layers…

Cathy @ Noble Pig
October 1, 2012 3:51 pm

Oh delicious heaven, I mean stop in my tracks wow. This needs to happen at my house.

Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes
October 1, 2012 4:37 pm

These pictures are teasing me so bad right now. haha! Making this ASAP!

October 1, 2012 5:14 pm

I love love love apple fritters! I am going to have to make this cake before the end of apple season!

October 1, 2012 5:22 pm

I pinned this cake this morning and I am still thinking about it! I want!

October 1, 2012 5:53 pm

My husbands’ favorite pastry is Apple Fritters! I cannot wait to make this for him…he is going to love me even more then he already does! I also have to mention that I think it looks sinfully delicious too! Love your blog…keep the yummy recipe’s coming!

Charul @ Tadka Masala
October 1, 2012 11:45 pm

This looks soo yum! I shall be able to make a eggless version of it, I guess?