Brown Sugar Apple Bundt Cake

Brown butter sweet glaze on a moist apple cinnamon cake! With real apple chunks!

Apple Chunks & Brown Butter Glaze

About the Cake

This bundt cake is moist but firm and holds such treasures inside with each apple chunk; soft and sweet. there are flavours of cinnamon and brown sugar and of course that wonderful brown buttered apple glaze; thick and delicious!

This cake is for those who love apple pie filing flavours but maybe not the crust. Or for those who enjoy a lovely slab of cake with tea time, but want a change from typical vanilla and chocolate. The apple chunks will surely remind you of apple pie, and the moist texture will compliment any tea time dessert.

Can you see the apple chunks?!

The Method:

The Cake:

Firstly the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt are whisked together in a medium bowl. Set aside.

Next, the oil, yogurt, brown sugar, granulated sugar and eggs are all mixed thoroughly with the addition of vanilla, and the wet mixture is made.

Then three apples are peeled and diced into about dime sized chunks and folded in as the flour and wet mixture are combined.

Brown sugar glaze:

While the cake cools the luscious sweet glaze is made. firstly the unsalted butter and heavy cream are melted and heated in a saucepan. Once simmering the brown sugar and confectioners sugar are added. after simmering for a few minutes the glaze thickens and is complete!

Can I use any Apples for this cake?

Absolutely. Granny smith apples are the type I used and I think they truly offer the most sweetness. However, any type will work -even green apples or red delicious. Please note that different apples provide different flavour outcomes. A green apple may be more sour than that of a red delicious being more tart. Choose your favourite apple and you will love this cake!

Do I really need glaze?

Well, No. This cake is splendid and sweet enough on its own. However, If you are going to make a delicious cake with cinnamon spice flavours, then why not make a glaze to make it taste even sweeter. Plus the glaze is just so much fun to pour on top! especially on a bundt cake. it provides that moisture, flavour, and fun we all need!

The Recipe: This wonderful recipe is originally from Sally’s Baking Addiction!

prep timebake timetotal time
15 miuntes40-45 miuntes1 hour + cooling time
yields one large bundt cake

Brown Sugar Apple Bundt Cake


  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups canola oil
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 1/4 cups brown sugar *light or dark*
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 apples peeled and chopped


  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 confectioners sugar


Preheat oven to 350 Degrees F (177 c) and grease with butter or oil your bundt cake pan. Set aside.

In a large bowl prepare the dry ingredients. Sift and whisk together the flour, baking soda, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, and salt. Once mixed set aside.

In a medium bowl prepare the wet mixture. Firstly mix the brown sugar, granulated sugar, and oil. Add the eggs and vanilla. Combine well and make sure there are no clumps, particularly from the dark brown sugar.

Now combine the wet and dry mixtures. Use a rubber spatula to fold the wet into the dry. Now add the yogurt to help the batter become more smooth.

Finally, peel and chop the apples into a medium sized dice and fold into the batter.

pour the batter into your pre- prepared bundt pan and bake!

Bake for ~40-45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean and the cake looks golden!

The Brown Butter Glaze:

in a medium saucepan on the stove top start by melted the butter completely. add the brown sugar and confectioners sugar and bring to a boil. once at a boil turn to low and simmer for 5 minutes. After the shimmering, add the heavy cream and simmer for another 3 minutes on low. Pour into a cream pitcher or bowl! let cool!

Once the cake comes out of the oven let it cool until warm and pour that delicious glaze on-top.

slice. eat. enjoy.

Happy Baking!

Cinnamon Sugared Bundt Cake (aka Donut Cake)

Have you ever dreamed of a Cinnamon sugar Donut the size of a Cake?! Well, you will be dreaming of it now! This moist cake reminds you of the Fair with those sugary donut fingers and singing tastebuds !

A Moist but Firm Cake…

There are thousands of recipes out there for just about any texture you are looking for in a cake! Sometimes you want a spongey cake. other times you want a dense cake with thick icing, say for a birthday?! Well, this recipe mixes a bit of both. I wanted the cakey-ness of the donuts inside, but the dense firmness a doughnut has so it does not completely crumble or deflate.

This recipe holds a firm consistency while also keeping moist! The trick: The vanilla yogurt or sour cream. These add great flavour and help to make a cream consistency but not to runny like eggs will accomplish. While on the topic of eggs, i never liked using 4 eggs in my cakes, and therefore this recipe has one!

One Consideration with this cake:

This recipe makes for a cake about 1/2 the size of a traditional bundt cake pan. If you desire a very Tall/Fuller Cake please double the quantities.

The Recipe:

Prep timeBake Time Total Time
15 mins~40 mins55 mins
Yields 1 medium Bundt Cake: Serves ~8 (double recipe for a Taller cake)

Cinnamon Sugared Bundt Cake (aka Donut Cake)


  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt or sour cream


Step 1)

Preheat the Oven to 350 Degrees F or (170 C) * we can do this first because it is quite quick to mix the batter up!*

Step 2)

In a large bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk until it is all well combined. Set aside.

Step 3)

In another medium sized bowl beat together the unsalted butter and sugar until grainy sand like consistency appears. 3-5 mins with electric mixer or by hand with a wood spoon. Add the vanilla extract and the egg and mix well. Once combined, pour the wet mixture in the medium bowl into the flour mixture in the larger bowl. Mix the two and add the yogurt or sour cream as you mix. Continue until a smooth thick batter appears.

Grainy butter/sugar consistency

Step 4)

Grease or butter a bundt cake pan before pouring the batter in. Once complete pour the batter in the pan and spread it around to ensure there aren’t any large gaps. Bake for ~40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out cleanly from the centre of the cake!

Let cool a few minutes. I would recommend placing on a cooling rack overtop of a pan to trap the excess sugar while sprinkling. (pictures below) Then, serve and enjoy a Cinnamon Sugar aka Donut Cake!

Happy Baking 🙂