Apple Fritter Cake

Apple Fritter Cake is a soft apple filled cake, with a crispy sugar glaze! You’re favorite old fashioned doughnut in cake form!

Fork cutting into apple fritter cake

So my husband refuses to eat breakfast for dinner. Like ever.

BUT he will eat dinner for breakfast. (????) Basically, no pancakes for dinner, no way, but Sesame Chicken for breakfast, yes please.

And quite honestly, 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. Oh, and also, anywhere that SELLS breakfast for dinner he will deny. iHop?  Only before 11:00 am. A Diner?  Drag him kicking and screaming. And don’t even mention Cracker Barrel. Sighhhhhhh.

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 wizard. Case in point…Apple Fritter Cake. Cake that derived from a breakfast food, shape-shifted into a cake, disguised as dessert.

Freshly glazed apple fritter cake

How to Make Apple Fritter Cake

This apple cake cake is so soft and moist..loaded with apples and cinnamon.

Granny smith apple and a jar of ground cinnamon

Chop up a couple apples…

Diced peeled apples on a cutting board

You’ll need about 2 cups of diced apples…

The trick for this cake is cooking your apples to make them soft and delicious.

Diced peeled apples in a measuring cup

Cook them up with some sugar, cinnamon, cornstarch and water…

Top view of peeled, diced apples cooking with cinnamon in a saucepan

Let your apples cool. The syrup will thicken up and it will be glorious.

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

Applesauce being poured into a mixing bowl of batter

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

A mixing bowl of batter

Next add in your dry ingredients…

Two mixing bowls with dry and wet ingredients

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

Yes, you could sub this for sour cream too!

A measuring cup of greek yogurt

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

Pour your delicious apple concoction up on top…

Collage of two photos of batter in a baking dish with diced apples with cinnamon on top

Then 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?

Collage of 3 photos of unbaked apple fritter cake

When your cake is baked, you need to poke it a little bit. Grab a butter knife and stab it 31 times. Exactly.

Apple fritter cake in a baking dish being cut with a butter knife

Then whip up a little glaze. It’s just a little powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla.

Glaze being poured over baked apple fritter cake

Then pour this over top of your holey-hot cake.
The glaze will coat the cake and sink in, leaving you with a crispy, sugary coating.

Let the heavens open up and sing to you now…

Finished apple fritter cake

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

Slice of apple fritter cake with fork

Or use a fork. Whatever.

Fork cutting into apple fritter cake

This Apple Fritter Cake recipe was originally posted on my website in 2012. I have updated some of the photos and recipe.

Enjoy!

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Apple Fritter Cake

  • Author: Cookies & Cups
  • Prep Time Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time Cook Time: 35 mins
  • Total Time Total Time: 55 mins
  • Yield Yield: serves 12 1x
  • Category Category: Cake
  • Method Method: Oven
  • Cuisine Cuisine: Breakfast

Description:

This apple cake is easy to make and is just like the old fashioned donut!


Ingredients:

Filling

  • 2 cups peeled and large diced Granny Smith Apples (about 2 medium)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Cake

  • 1/3 cup butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt or sour cream

Glaze

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

Filling

Cook the apples: In a medium saucepan combine apples, granulated sugar, cinnamon, cornstarch and water. Heat on medium heat for 5-6 minutes until apples soften and the liquid thickens. Set aside to cool. Mix the dark brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and set aside.

Cake

Prepare Tools: Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 9×13 pan with nonstick spray. Set aside.

Cream Butter and Sugar: In the bowl of your stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment mix the butter and sugar together for 3 minutes until fluffy. Add the applesauce, vanilla, and eggs and mix on medium until combined, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.

Combine and Add Dry Ingredients: In a separate bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Add the dry mixture and the Greek yogurt in alternating parts, starting and ending with the dry. Mix until just combined.

Assemble Cake: Spread 1/2 of the cake batter in the bottom of the prepared pan. Top with the apple mixture, spreading carefully to cover the batter. Then top with 2/3 of the brown sugar, sprinkling all over the apple mixture.

Bake: Cover with the remaining batter and sprinkle the remaining 1/3 of the brown sugar all over the top. Bake 35-40 minutes, or until the center of the cake is set.

Glaze

Cool & Add Glaze: When the cake has only a few minutes left baking, prepare the glaze by mixing the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla in a medium bowl until smooth. When cake is done, immediately poke holes in the cake using a butter knife, about 30 pokes. Pour the glaze over the top of the cake spreading to cover it completely. Let the glaze set up for about 20 minutes before serving.


Notes:

Store airtight for up to 3 days

Keywords:: cookies and cups, apple cake, apple fritter, apple recipe, cake recipe, fall baking

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Daryl-Lynne Jarrett
July 7, 2020 11:53 am

This was a great receipe but next time as per my family I will double the apples.
Also are you sure about 2 tablespoons of cornstarch to 2 teaspoons of water? I added about 3/4 cup of water and still had a thick sauce. Maybe next time I will use less cornstarch and still add more water and apples.
It was a great tasting receipe if the empty pan is any indication.
Thanks will be making again!

Edward
April 29, 2020 9:01 am

Can you make the apple filling,
freeze and make the cake at a later date? Just want to do something with the apples before they go bad. Sounds like a great recipe and can’t wait to try it’ll

Carolyn
April 19, 2020 11:37 pm

I made this recipe in a square baking dish for a deep dish cake adding extra apples with the juice from boiling the apple peels added to the Apple mixture. I baked it a little longer in my square ceramic baking dish, and it was amazing!

Sherry
October 30, 2019 8:35 am

Made this cake for a work event this week and it garnered a lot if praise. Unfortunately, in the process of making it, I feel like I dirtied every mixing bowl, measuring cup and spoon in my kitchen!

LINDA
September 13, 2018 11:16 pm

I made this came last night. I usually don’t care for “spice” cakes but I love this. Shared some with my friend/neighbor and she thought it was yummy too. Taking some to my daughter and son in law tomorrow. I only share when something turns out delicious. Next time I will probably double the amount of able chunks because I wished there were more in the finished came. Thank you!

August 13, 2018 2:51 pm

I doubled the amount of apples because I had so many. It was moist and amazing. Will definitely be sharing this recipe and making it again!

Lauren
December 19, 2017 6:47 am

I made this the other night and it is delicious! Even better the second day.

October 2, 2017 10:32 am

I like the best apple in this cake. I will try it now.

October 2, 2017 10:30 am

I was young. Potato sauce is something my mother used to do for us.

Sharon Russell
September 30, 2017 1:47 pm

Making this now….your instructions say nutmeg but your ingredients don’t – how much?

Carolyn Poss Walden
September 29, 2017 1:07 pm

Salted or unsalted butter?

CAROLYN WALDEN
September 29, 2017 2:34 pm
Reply to  Shelly

Thanks, Shelly! Making this tomorrow…can’t wait!

Misha
September 22, 2017 9:04 am

I made this and it’s wonderful! I brought some into work and everyone was crazy for it!

Ann F
September 21, 2017 9:13 pm

Hi Shelly! Just made this and wow it smells soooo good. Waiting the 20 minutes until I can dig in…mmm. Quick question…I don’t see a specific amount for nutmeg under “filling.” It’s listed in the directions under filling but not in the ingredient list with quantities. No biggie, just thought I’d mention it to ya. Thank you for all of your great recipes!

September 20, 2017 6:51 am

YUM!!!! Just bough the some apples this week. Can’t wait to try it……..paired with Apple cider of course!

September 19, 2017 7:15 pm

Apple fritters make me so weak in the knees,
but I feel guilty when I eat them, because they’re fried.

This cake is baked, which means it’s ok for me to stick my face in it, just as you instructed!

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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