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Cinnamon Apple Cake

Cinnamon Apple Cake

Soft, flavorful cinnamon cake is filled with crisp apples. One sweet bite and it will truly feel like fall.
By Kristi Kaiser

Cinnamon Apple Cake

A cinnamon apple cake is the perfect dessert to celebrate fall. It is loaded with crisp apples and the perfect amount of cinnamon and sugar for a sweet treat.

There is something calming about peeling, slicing and coring the apples while watching the leaves drop listlessly from the leafy trees outside.

And one sink of my teeth into the cinnamon and sugar, apple-filled, moist cake, confirmed my suspicion… apple cake really is the perfect dessert to celebrate the coming of fall.

Cinnamon Apple Cake

What you’ll love about this cake is, that it is really moist, but not overly sweet. The sweetness is perfectly flavored by the natural sweet of the apples, a bit of sugar and the ever present cinnamon that every good apple cake should have.

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The soft texture of the cake, to the snap and crunch of the apples, to the sweet, cinnamon and sugar flavor – all of it screams fall. And how can you not love those beautiful, golden, fall colors?

Want more apple recipes? How about this Slow Cooker Cinnamon Applesauce or these Applesauce Muffins?


Cinnamon Apple Cake

Soft, flavorful cinnamon cake is filled with crisp apples. One sweet bite it and this will truly feel like fall. Recipe modified from Smitten Kitchen.

  • Author: Kristi Kaiser
  • Category: Baking, Cake


  • 6 to 8 apples
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 5 to 7 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 and ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla
  • 4 eggs


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a tubed pan (like an Angel food cake pan). Peel, core and chop apples into chunks. Toss with cinnamon and sugar and set aside.
  2. Stir flour, baking powder and salt together. In a separate bowl, mix oil, white sugar, orange juice, vanilla and eggs together.
  3. Combine dry ingredients with wet, and thoroughly mix.
  4. Pour ½ of the batter into the prepared pan. Spread ½ of the apples on top of batter. Pour remaining batter over the top of apples, then top with the remaining apples.
  5. Bake in the pre-heated oven for 1 and ½ hours or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool completely before loosening with a knife around the edges and removing from pan onto a serving platter.

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View Comments (4)
  • I can hardly take my eyes off those delicious pictures! Your cake looks so incredible tasty and combines the perfect flavors for autumn. I definitely have to try this recipe :)

  • Hi
    Your cake looks so yummy. Just waiting to try this at the earliest. Is it possible to make this cake without eggs. Can you tell me egg substitute with its quantities.

  • I think I’d be tempted to add a half cup of chopped pecans or walnuts to the second half of the apples and sprinkle the top with coarse sugar before baking. Can’t get too much of a good thing, right?

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