Cinnamon Apple Cake: Soft and tender Apple cake made from scratch! This cake is loaded with fresh apples and features an impressive crunchy topping with drizzles of sweet frosting.
Apple and cinnamon are a perfect combination! This tender cake gives us the perfect combo of apple and cinnamon. Who would not enjoy a soft and sweet cake chock-full of fresh, juicy apples? To top it all off, this cake has been dusted with sugary cinnamon and drizzled with a simple sweet milk glaze. Simply phenomenal!
I always have a soft spot for anything cinnamon and apple. I have made a few desserts flavored with cinnamon and apple, yet nothing compares to this cake! It’s a winning recipe that anyone can whip up easily and quickly!
Cinnamon Apple Cake
After taking a slice of this delicate, fluffy beauty, I started pumping my fist in the air. After several botched Apple Cinnamon Cakes, I knew this one was the one. Of course, I had to eat a few more slices to be absolutely certain! Or I was just making an excuse to devour the entire cake by myself?
What You Need To Make This Cinnamon Apple Cake:
Apple Cake Ingredients:
- Plain flour or all-purpose flour
- Baking powder
- Baking soda
- Caster sugar or granulated sugar
- Red apple, peeled and roughly chopped
- Large eggs
- Vanilla extract
- Vegetable oil
- Greek yogurt
Cinnamon Topping Ingredients:
- Caster sugar or granulated sugar
- Ground cinnamon
Sugar Glaze Ingredients:
- Icing sugar or powdered sugar
To make this recipe gluten-free (you should use these ingredients instead):
- Use gluten-free flour blend instead of all-purpose flour.
- Use pure vanilla extract.
- Use Total Greek yogurt. Always read the label for any additives unsafe for a gluten-free diet.
An absolute, fool-proof Cinnamon Apple Cake.
- Set aside your electric mixer, all you need to whip up this cake is a bowl and a spoon.
- You are welcome to use any kind of apple you prefer. I love the Royal Gala apples. Peel and chop the apples into roughly half-inch squares.
- When mixing the dry and wet ingredients, make sure not to over-mix.
- Sugar and cinnamon made up the crumble. Combine them with melted butter until it clumps like sand. Finally, sprinkle this on top of the cake batter.
- To test whether the cake is done, use a skewer. Once it comes out clean and the cake is golden, your cake is perfect!
- Right before serving, drizzle the cake with the sweet sugar glaze for that extra layer of goodness!
Steps To Make Cinnamon Apple Cake
Step 1: Place the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Toss in the chopped apple, then briefly stir.
Step 2: Lightly whisk the eggs, vanilla, oil, and yogurt.
Step 3: Mix the wet ingredients with the dry until just combined.
Step 4: Into the greased and lined cake pan, spoon the batter.
Step 5: For the cinnamon topping, mix the cinnamon, sugar, and butter. Mix until wet and lumpy, then sprinkle on the cake batter.
Step 6: Bake at 180 degrees C (350 degrees F) if using standard or at 160 degrees C (320 degrees F) in fan forced oven for 30 – 35 minutes.
Step 7: While the cake is baking, mix the sugar and milk until smooth to make the glaze. Add extra milk to thin out the glaze.
Step 8: Over the cake, drizzle the glaze.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I make sure my cake is soft, moist, and never dry?
After a few failures, I realized that oil with a little less flour and the addition of yogurt guaranteed a moist and soft cake.
Can I freeze this cake?
Yes! Let it cool completely, then wrap it in two layers of plastic wrap before wrapping it in a layer of foil. Keep this in a zip-top freezer bag and freeze it for up to 12 months. Thaw and serve at room temperature.
The Best Cinnamon Apple Cake Recipe Ever!
Moist, soft cake studded with fresh apples with drizzles of a simple milk glaze.
- Prep Time: 30 minutes
- Cook Time: 35 minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
- Yield: Serves 8
- Category: Dessert
- Cuisine: American
120 ml (1/2 c.) vegetable oil
210 g. (1 and 1/2 c.) plain flour or all-purpose flour
150 g. (3/4 c.) caster sugar or granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 c. (approximately 1 large) red apple, peeled and roughly chopped
1 tsp vanilla extract
120 ml (1/2 c.) Greek yogurt
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp butter, melted
50 g. (1/4 c.) caster sugar or granulated sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1–2 tbsp milk
30 g. (1/4 c.) icing sugar or powdered sugar, sifted
Ready the oven. If using a standard oven, preheat it to 180 degrees C or 350 degrees F. Or at 160 degrees C or 320 degrees F if using a fan-forced oven.
Using baking or parchment paper, line a greased 8-inch round cake pan.
Place the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Then, add the chopped apple and briefly stir.
Whisk the eggs, vanilla, oil, and yogurt in another bowl.
To the dry ingredients, add the wet ingredients and gently stir using a wooden spoon until just mixed.
Into the prepared cake pan, spoon the batter.
Mix the cinnamon, sugar, and butter until lumpy and wet. Sprinkle the cinnamon topping on top of the cake batter.
Bake for 30 – 35 minutes until a skewer inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
Once done, take the cake out of the oven and onto a wire rack to cool.
In the meantime, whisk the sugar with 1 tbsp milk until smooth to make the glaze. To thin out the glaze, simply add another extra tbsp of milk.
Over the cooled cake, drizzle the glaze.
How To Make it Gluten free
Substitute all-purpose flour with gluten-free flour blends.
Use pure vanilla extract.
Use Total Greek yogurt. Always check the ingredients for any additives dangerous for a gluten-free diet.
- Serving Size: 1 Serving
- Calories: 414
- Sugar: 30.2 g
- Sodium: 183.1 mg
- Fat: 19.5 g
- Carbohydrates: 57.2 g
- Protein: 7.3 g
- Cholesterol: 52.7 mg
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Do you think this recipe can be made with Almond Flour?
Hi Michelle, it’s totally possible to use almond flour in this cinnamon apple cake recipe.