Apple Bundt Cake – Spend with Pennies

This apple bundt cake recipe has all the flavors of fall!

Tender apples and carrots are baked into a moist cinnamon-spiced cake with a surprise cream cheese filling and a brown sugar glaze.

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Amazing Apple Bundt Cake!

  • This apple bundt cake recipe is a showstopper when served, every slice has a sweet cream cheese filling.
  • I love that this cake has ingredients I always have on hand.
  • Bake a day ahead, this cake stays moist for days!
  • Serve as a breakfast cake with coffee, an afternoon treat with tea, or a sweet dessert with a drizzle of caramel sauce, or with some warm apple cider.

Ingredients for Apple Bundt Cake

Apples – Any variety will do if they are fresh! Granny Smith apples are my first choice for their tart flavor and texture.

Carrots – Shredded carrots are sweet and add moisture to this apple bundt cake, however, shredded zucchini will get the job done as well.

Seasonings – A dash of cinnamon gives this cake extra flavor and a heavenly aroma! Swap it for apple pie spice if you have it to really “take the cake!”

Add-ins – Mix in any of the following: dried cranberries, currants, raisins, mini chocolate chips, or butterscotch chips.

Glaze – Even though apple cake shines on its own, this brown sugar glaze is extra thick and rich because it’s made with butter and heavy cream. In a pinch, make a simple glaze with some milk whisked into powdered sugar until the consistency is just right.

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How to Make Apple Bundt Cake

  1. Prepare cream cheese filling (as per the recipe below) and set aside.
  2. Mix the wet and dry ingredients in separate bowls, and then combine. Fold in apples, carrots, and nuts.
  3. Layer half the batter in the bottom of a bundt pan, followed by cream cheese filling and the rest of the batter.
  4. Bake, cool, and top with a brown sugar glaze.

PRO TIP: For easy pan release, combine equal parts flour, shortening, and vegetable oil and brush evenly onto the pan.

How to Store Apple Bundt Cake

  • Keep leftover apple bundt cake in the refrigerator (because of the dairy ingredients) for up to 4 days.
  • Serve chilled or let it come to room temperature.
  • Freeze slices wrapped in plastic wrap and a zippered bag for up to 2 months.

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Apple Bundt Cake

This easy apple bundt cake has sweet tender apples, cinnamon, and carrots with a yummy cream cheese layer.

Prep Time 45 minutes

Cook Time 50 minutes

Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Brush a 10″ bundt pan with cake release (below) or grease and flour well.

  • Beat cream cheese and sugar with a hand mixer until fluffy. Add egg and combine until smooth. Set aside.


  • Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda.

  • In a separate bowl, whisk sugar, oil, and eggs. Add the flour mixture a little at a time, stirring to combine.

  • Fold in apples, carrots, and walnuts.

  • Pour half of the batter into the greased pan. Gently spoon the cream cheese mixture over the batter keeping it in the center. Top with remaining carrot apple batter.

  • Bake 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool 15 minutes in the pan, gently loosen the edges, and invert onto a wire rack to cool completely.


  • Bring brown sugar, butter, and cream to a boil over medium high heat. Allow to boil 1 minute, stirring constantly.

  • Whisk in powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth.

  • Drizzle over cake while warm.

Homemade Cake Release This will ensure all of your baked goods release from the pan perfectly. Combine ¼ cup each flour, shortening, and vegetable oil. Bush this mixture evenly onto the pan. Any remaining can be stored at room temperature for later use.
Leftovers will keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. This cake can also be frozen and will keep in the freezer for 4 months. 

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Calories: 365 | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 207mg | Potassium: 230mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 45g | Vitamin A: 3780IU | Vitamin C: 2.2mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 1.6mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American

Apple cake very slightly adapted from Never Miss Apple Cake

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