Glazed Apple Cake with Cream Cheese Filling
This Amish recipe for apple cream cheese bundt cake with caramel glaze is one of the most fantastic, moist, and addicting apple cake recipes ever.
Made with fresh apples and spice, a swirl of cream cheese through the middle, and topped with a caramel (praline-like) glaze, this Amish apple cake is seriously the BEST!
Raw Apple Cake Recipe
Autumn is here again, which means it's time for apples and pumpkins and everything spice! Today I have another recipe for you to add to your fall baking list.
I don't know about you, but as soon as it starts to cool off, I get an itch to start baking fall goodies. Missouri summers are too long and hot for me, and I'm quite done with summer by the time September rolls around.
Cool mornings mean that fall is in the air, and now it's time for everything apples and pumpkin spice. 😉
This from-scratch apple cake with caramel glaze is on my list of baking every single Autumn, and I savor every bite. Obviously, apple cake is delightful on any day of the year, and I certainly don't have to wait for fall to come around to make it. But it seems there are just too many different recipes I want to try all year long, so I rarely get around to it till Autumn comes again.
Apple Cake Recipe with Fresh Apples
However, since the apples get finely chopped for this cake recipe, almost any apple will work.
I always keep fresh apples in my refrigerator for snacking, lunches, and baking. Honeycrisps are one of my favorite kinds of apples, but they are also quite expensive. Therefore, I mostly buy gala and fuji apples for fresh eating, and they work well for making this Amish apple cake.
This morning, my mom-in-law messaged me that the local bulk food store has big bins of apples they are selling for $.45 a pound. I couldn't pass up that kind of deal, so I got a twenty-eight-pound box of Honeycrisp apples for only $12. Yay! Now I can bake all kinds of apple treats and enjoy apples with homemade caramel dip. 🙂
This list looks rather long. However, each of the ingredients in this Dutch apple cake recipe serves a specific purpose in terms of flavor, texture, and overall quality of the cake:
- Oil adds moisture to the cake, ensuring it stays tender and moist. It also contributes to the cake's richness.
- Sugar not only sweetens the cake but also plays a role in its texture. It helps to tenderize the crumb and create a light, fluffy texture.
- Eggs act as binders, holding the cake together. They also contribute to the structure, texture, and moisture content.
- All-purpose Flour provides the structure. It's the main dry ingredient that gives the cake its form and stability.
- Baking Powder is a leavening agent that helps the cake rise and become fluffy. It creates a lighter texture.
- Baking Soda helps with leavening as well but is used in smaller quantity than baking powder to balance the acidity.
- Salt enhances the overall flavor of the cake. It balances the sweetness and boosts the other flavors.
- Ground Cinnamon is a classic spice used in apple cake recipes. It adds warmth and a cozy, spiced flavor that pairs perfectly with apples.
- Nutmeg or Allspice adds additional depth of flavor and complements the cinnamon. It contributes to the overall spice blend of the cake. Ground cloves are another spice that goes well with apples. Feel free to add any extra spices as desired. However, you will want to keep them minimal, if you don't want the spices to overpower the apple flavor.
- Chopped Tart Apples are the star of the show. They provide natural sweetness, moisture, and a delightful, fruity flavor. Chopping them finely ensures even distribution in the cake.
- Carrots add a subtle sweetness and moisture. They also contribute to the cake's texture, making it more tender.
- Chopped Pecans provide a nutty crunch and richness to the cake. They add a delightful contrast in texture and flavor.
- A ribbon of Cream Cheese in this apple cake recipe adds moisture and a rich, creamy, and tangy element that complements the sweetness of the cake. It creates a delightful contrast in both flavor and texture that stands out against the moist and spiced apple cake.
Each ingredient in this recipe combines to create a harmonious blend of flavors and textures, resulting in the most delicious Amish apple cake. It is moist, spiced, and rich in taste. So yummy!
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Do I Have to Use a Bundt Pan?
I always bake this apple cake in a bundt pan because I love how classy it looks with the lovely edges a bundt pan creates. I've never actually baked it in a 9x13".
However, if you don't own a bundt pan, I don't see any reason why you couldn't bake it in a 9x13" pan. (Cut back on the baking time though.) You could probably even spread the cream cheese mixture over the top instead of putting it in the middle.
The next time I make this recipe I will try that and let you know how it turns out.
Caramel Glaze for Cake
This moist apple cake with cream cheese is delightful on its own without glaze. So if you want to cut your sugar intake, feel free to skip the glaze.
Nevertheless, I must say that this delightful apple cake lacks a finishing touch without it.
The brown sugar caramel glaze is very easy and quick to make. You won't want to cook it until your cake is partially cooled though, because it sets very quickly. If you wait too long to drizzle it over the cake it will be too stiff to drizzle.
I hope you enjoy this delightfully moist Amish apple cake as much as we do. If you try it, I would love it if you left a comment and star rating below.
Amish Apple Bundt Cake with Caramel Glaze Recipe
Cream Cheese Filling:
- 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese (softened)
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup canola or vegetable oil
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 3 large eggs (room temperature)
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg or allspice
- 2 1/4 cups peeled and finely chopped tart apples
- 1 cup carrots (shredded)
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)
- 4 tablespoons butter (1/4 c.)
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 3 tablespoon milk
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 350℉.
- In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, and egg until smooth and creamy. Set aside.1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese (softened), 1/4 cup sugar, 1 large egg
- In a separate bowl, mix the oil, sugar, and eggs until well creamed.1 cup canola or vegetable oil, 1 1/2 cups sugar, 3 large eggs (room temperature)
- In another bowl, mix the dry ingredients. Then add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture and mix to combine.2 cups all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon salt, 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg or allspice
- Stir in the apples, carrots, and pecans.2 1/4 cups peeled and finely chopped tart apples, 1 cup carrots (shredded), 1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)
- Grease and flour a 10" bundt cake pan and spread half of the apple batter into the bottom of the pan. Spread the cream cheese mixture over the top. Then spread the remaining half of the batter over the cream cheese layer.
- Bake for 55 - 60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with only a few crumbs. Cool for 10 minutes, then place a large plate onto the top of the pan and flip it out. Cool and drizzle with the caramel glaze.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 - 7 days.
- In a saucepan, bring the butter, brown sugar, and milk to a rolling boil. Cook and stir for about a minute.4 tablespoons butter (1/4 c.), 1/2 cup brown sugar, 3 tablespoon milk, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Remove from the heat and add the powdered sugar and vanilla. Whisk until smooth, stir in the pecans, and immediately drizzle over the cooled cake. (If desired, you can leave out the pecans, or sprinkle them over top of the glaze instead.)1/4 cup chopped pecans (optional)