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.


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…


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


Or use a fork. Whatever.


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



Apple Fritter Cake

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


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



  • 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


  • 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


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



  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.


  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.


  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.


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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154 Responses
  1. Kimberlee Pitts

    OMG. This sounds soooo good. One problem. Diabetes. I think I will still make it tho. Will just have to spend a fortune on three different types of sugar substitutes. Will be worth it I am sure tho 😉

  2. Heather

    I noticed you used Saigon Cinnamon but the recipe just calls for cinnamon. Do you find a noticeable difference if you use them interchangeably, I just bought the Saigon variety and am excited it use it!

  3. Leah Harris

    I was looking for some recipes so I could use the apples we picked this past weekend. I made this cake this morning, and WOW, it is so good! Time consuming, but well worth it!

  4. Woah. This is some serious Breakfast-for-Dinner Undercover Work. I like it 😀 My boyfriend is the same way. He seems to think I’m strange for wanting to whip up eggs and breakfast potatoes for a simple dinner, but who doesn’t love dipping crunchy toast in runny eggs?!

    Bah. Boys are silly.

    I love how you outsmarted him with this though – it looks absolutely mouthwatering. Not that I’m surprised since all of your posts do (sorry for the gushing, just a big fan!)

    Enjoy the rest of your week!

  5. SWeetsugarbelle

    And you better believe I bragged…I was like yeah, if ya have any questions just holler…ill text her. I AM THAT LOSER 😉

  6. SWeetsugarbelle

    You know you’re bigtime when my mother in law says I found this recipe for apple fritter cake I want to try on Pinterest…my mother in law who can barely use a computer! True story!

  7. Joetta

    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!

  8. 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.

  9. Tabitha

    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….

  10. 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 ~ 🙂

  11. elizabeth

    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.

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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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