Apple Fritter Cake

APPLE FRITTER CAKE is your favorite doughnut in cake form!

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

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.

APPLE FRITTER CAKE!

How to Make Apple Fritter Cake

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

PhotobucketChop up a couple apples…

PhotobucketYou’ll need about 2 cups of diced apples…

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

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

PhotobucketLet 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…

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

PhotobucketNext add in your dry ingredients…

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

Yes, you could sub this for sour cream too!

PhotobucketThen 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 poke it a little bit. Grab a butter knife and stab it 31 times. Exactly.

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

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

APPLE FRITTER CAKE!

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

APPLE FRITTER CAKE!

Or use a fork. Whatever.

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

  1. 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.
  2. Mix the dark brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and set aside.

Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 9×13 pan with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. In a separate bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
  4. Add the dry mixture and the Greek yogurt in alternating parts, starting and ending with the dry.
  5. Mix until just combined.
  6. 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.
  7. Cover with the remaining batter and sprinkle the remaining 1/3 of the brown sugar all over the top.
  8. Bake 35-40 minutes, or until the center of the cake is set.

Glaze

  1. 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.
  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.

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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Edward
Edward

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
Carolyn

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
Sherry

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
LINDA

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!

Regan

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
Lauren

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

Standa

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

onap

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

Sharon Russell
Sharon Russell

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

Carolyn Poss Walden
Carolyn Poss Walden

Salted or unsalted butter?

Misha
Misha

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

Ann F
Ann F

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!

Lisa

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

Coco in the Kitchen

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!

Trudy
Trudy

Sounds & looks so yummy!! Have to save, make this this fall!!

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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