A slice of Cinnamon Apple Cake on white plate.

Cinnamon Apple Cake

A soft and fluffy cinnamon cake with a layer of spiced brown sugar apples cooked in a skillet. You can use any apples you want to make this delicious dessert!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cinnamon apple cake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 9 pieces
Calories 354 kcal
Author Anna


for the apples:

  • 6 apples I used red delicious
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

for the cake:

  • 1.5 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1.5 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1.5 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
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to make the apples:

  1. Peel and core apples. Cut into 1/2" pieces.
  2. Melt butter in a non-stick skillet. Add apple chunks. Add spices and brown sugar. Stir with a wooden spoon. Saute apples until very fragrant and softened, but not mushy. The time of cooking will depend on the apples. Set aside to cool completely. You can prepare the apples a day ahead.

to make the cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line an 8" square cake pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, baking soda and salt. In a measuring cup whisk buttermilk, oil, vanilla and eggs. Add to dry ingredients and whisk until the batter is smooth.
  3. Pour half of the batter into prepared pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and spread cinnamon apples over baked cake. Pour the remaining cake batter on top. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes OR until the toothpick inserted in a few places comes out clean.
  4. Cool cake completely. Dust with powdered sugar. Cut and serve.

Recipe Notes

  1. I had 6 red delicious apples and that's what I used. If you have apples from the orchard, they will be perfect for this cake. The fact that we are cooking the apples in a skillet with spices and brown sugar before using in the cake, let's you use any kind of apples you like. Just cook the apples until soft but not mushy. The won't release moisture into the cake batter, be under- or overcooked. They will make a perfect layer of spiced brown sugar apples.
  2. This recipe makes generous pieces, baked in 8" square pan. I lined the bottom with a square of parchment paper for easy removal of the pieces. I also didn't have to grease and flour the pan.
  3. Please note, that the nutrition value can vary depending on what product you use. The information below is an estimate.
Nutrition Facts
Cinnamon Apple Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 354 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 45mg15%
Sodium 134mg6%
Potassium 287mg8%
Carbohydrates 49g16%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 28g31%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 230IU5%
Vitamin C 5.6mg7%
Calcium 86mg9%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.