This easy seven ingredient Cinnamon Sugar Apple Cake is a humble little cake that wows with it’s delicious cinnamon sugar crust.
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Original content posted October 2017. Updated August 2019.
In our 15+ years of marriage, I’ve told my husband that he was right and I was wrong exactly two times. Once, four days after we had gotten our dog, the one that I had begged for for ten years. He was right, I wasn’t ready for the task. Especially as I then found out I was pregnant with our fourth child.
And the second time? This past week when I finally made this Cinnamon Sugar Apple Cake recipe that he gave me nine years ago. NINE. YEARS. For some reason I didn’t take him seriously that it really was that amazing. I stand corrected.
What are the Best Apples for Apple Cake?
This Cinnamon Sugar Apple Cake sure is a humble little cake. It doesn’t need any sickeningly sweet glaze or gloppy frosting, no friend, this cake is just enough as is with a cinnamon sugar crust.
Every apple has a slightly different flavor; some are better for eating fresh, and some are better for baking. The best baking apples are the ones that keep their shape. I always select Granny Smith apples when baking as they aren’t overly sweet and they also tend to keep their shape instead of becoming mushy.
You know what other recipes are begging to put some of those apples to use? My super easy Snickerdoodle Apple Crisp. And my one dish Apple Skillet Cake with Maple Mascarpone Glaze. And my savory Pumpkin Pasta with Sausage and Apples. And my breakfast favorite Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal Muffins. Apple all the things, I say!
It also requires just seven ingredients which means this is a great recipe to keep in your back pocket when you want to treat your family – or yourself! – or you have friends coming over. It takes just 10 minutes to prepare and makes your home smell absolutely divine while it’s baking.
How Long Does Apple Cake Keep?
Should You Refrigerate Apple Cake?
If you live in a warm climate or your home is on the warmer side, you’ll likely want to store your Cinnamon Sugar Apple Cake in the fridge instead. It can be stored in the fridge for up to five days.
You can enjoy a slice of this cake cold, straight from the fridge, or allow it to sit at room temperature for approximately an hour prior to serving. Either way is delicious!
How to Make Cinnamon Sugar Apple Cake
 In the bowl of an electric mixer, add apples, eggs and applesauce.
 Mix on low speed until combined.
TIP: You want to mix gently as to not break the apples and mix until no single ingredients are longer visible.
 Add flour, sugar, salt baking soda and cinnamon to bowl.
 Mix on low speed until just combined and no dry ingredients are longer visible.
 In a small bowl, add cinnamon and sugar.
 Using a whisk, stir together until combined.
 Grease tube pan and coat sides and bottom with cinnamon sugar mixture. Reserve extra cinnamon sugar mixture.
 Pour cake batter into tube pan and bake at 350 degrees for 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center of cake removes cleanly.
Allow cake to cool five minutes before removing from pan to cool completely.
Garnish with reserved cinnamon sugar mixture, as desired.
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Cinnamon Sugar Apple Cake
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 4 Granny Smith apples unpeeled, cored and diced into 1/2" pieces (approximately 4 cups)
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 cups flour
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- In a small bowl, stir together cinnamon and sugar.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, add apples, eggs and applesauce. Mix on low speed until combined.
- Add flour, sugar, salt baking soda and cinnamon to bowl and mix until just combined.
- Grease tube pan and coat sides and bottom with cinnamon sugar mixture. Reserve extra cinnamon sugar mixture.
- Bake for 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center of cake removes cleanly.
- Allow cake to cool five minutes before removing from pan to cool completely.
- Garnish with reserved cinnamon sugar mixture, as desired.