This moist cinnamon apple cake is perfect as an afternoon snack. You can also enjoy it warm as a dessert with cream or ice cream.
I like different times of year for different reasons. As far as baking goes, autumn is the best time of year for me. Fruity spiced cakes and muffins are just THE BEST as far as I'm concerned!
Ok, I love lemon cake and chocolate cake but really, spiced cakes like this cinnamon apple cake are the kind that really make me happy.
Besides being super tasty, spices just make a cake way more comfortingand as the weather gets cooler and the days get shorter, comfort food definitely gets higher on my list of priorities.
What's this cinnamon apple cake like?
The finished cake is so tasty, really soft and moist with pieces of soft apple inside too. It's topped with a slightly crunchy sprinkling of cinnamon sugar. It's just as delicious as you can imagine.
What do you need to make this spiced apple cake?
As well as the ususal cake ingredients of sugar, butter, flour and eggs, this cake also has cream cheese in. The cream cheese helps to keep it super moist and give it a really soft crumb.
It is an apple cake so of course you'll need apples. I use 3 sweet apples, peeled, cored and diced. Don't worry about the apples being perfect. If you have some that are beginning to turn a bit soft, this cake is the best way of using them up.
There's caster sugar in the cake and also brown sugar mixed with cinnamon to make cinnamon sugar.
As well as cinnamon I add a little vanilla too. You can never go wrong with vanilla.
Do you need any special equipment to make this cake?
This cake uses a really simple method and all you need is a bowl and a wooden spoon to beat everything together. I often use a sieve too when adding the flour but you can get away without sifting it.
Can you adapt this cake?
I haven't tried making this cake with other fruit but I'm sure it would work well with pears, diced plums or berries instead. If you try any adaptations like that do let me know how it turns out.
If you don't have any self-raising flour you can use plain flour but increase the amount of baking powder to 3 teaspoons.
If you don't have soft brown sugar then replace it with golden or white caster sugar. It will still work.
Storing this cake
This cake will keep well for about three days in an airtight container. Because of the fruit in it, it won't keep well for much longer.
Can you freeze it?
Yes, just wrap the cake in cling film and it will keep in the freezer for up to three months.
The inspiration for this recipe
When I first published this recipe it was as part of a group called the Secret Recipe Club and is inspired by a recipe on Join Us Pull Up A Chair. Since first making it, I've adapted the cake and use a lot less sugar as I found the original recipe to be a bit too sweet.
A few more apple and cinnamon recipes
I love the combination of apple and cinnamon, as you can probably tell from my apple, cinnamon and raisin scones and apple and cinnamon crumble.
Cinnamon Apple Cake
- 100 g caster sugar
- 115 g unsalted butter at room temperature
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 170 g cream cheese
- 2 eggs
- 200 g self-raising flour
- 1.5 teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tablespoon soft brown sugar
- 3 apples peeled, cored and diced
- Preheat the oven to 180°c
- Put 100g sugar, the butter, vanilla extract and cream cheese in a bowl and beat together. Then add the eggs, one at a time and beat after each one.
- Sift the flour, salt and baking powder and then add to the wet mixture. Beat until combined.
- Mix the cinnamon and soft brown sugar together.
- Stir half of the cinnamon mixture into the apples. Add the apples to the cake batter.
- Line the bottom of a 20cm cake tin with baking parchment and coat the sides with oil or butter. Spoon the batter into the cake tin.
- Sprinkle the rest of the cinnamon sugar mixture on top of the cake.
- Bake in the oven at 180C for an hour to an hour and 15 minutes.
- Cool on a wire rack.
Wow! This apple cake looks fantastic! <3
Thanks so much! I love apple and cinnamon in cakes and am planning to make this again soon too.
Baked this recipe last Sunday, it was a big hit for the kids. They loved it. Thank you for sharing the amazing recipe.
Oh I'm so pleased they liked it. It's lovely to get such nice feedback about a recipe!
I made this on Sunday for our dessert, expecting there be some left over for Monday, but... nope... it was devoured. So delicious.
I'm so glad you liked it and glad you've reminded me of this recipe. I loved it too and it's definitely time I made it again.
It looks very moist and full of apple flavor!
Your cake looks so yummy!
Jacqueline @How to be a Gourmand
With a combination of cinnamon and apples - what's not to like? I agree with you regarding the amount of sugar, I'd probably find that too sweet too.
YUM! this looks so yummy! What a great choice. I'm a fellow SRC member, Group D
A great choice!
Ooh, apple cake sounds really good right now!
What a great way to have apples, I love the combination of apples and cinnamon...looks delicious!
Hope you are having a great week Corina 🙂
Beth @ Good to be the Cook
This looks so yummy! Love the cream cheese in the cake. I bet it makes it super moist and delish! Stopping by from SRC Group A... love your blog!
I love cinnamon and I love apples, so that makes double the pleasure!
That cake looks outstanding - I wish I could have a piece right about now! And, as a funny side note, I recently had Heather's blog and totally almost picked the sweet potato hummus, too 🙂
Your cake looks so moist and apple delicious, yum!
If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my group 'A' SRC entry Loaded Potato Soup.
Definitely, my husband's favorite.
This would be delicious any time of the day... especially right now!
Yum....I love apples and cinnamon....and coffee cake! Perfect brunch or breakfast item!
Janine at Cake Of The Week
I saw this and my immediate thought was 'YES!'
Great ingredient combination.
looks yummy! 🙂
I would love to be enjoying this Cinnamon Apple Cake right now with my morning coffee. Thanks for sharing this great recipe.
This is the perfect coffee cake! We would have no trouble eating it for breakfast, snacks or dessert! Pinning this one....great SRC selection!
Close To Home (@StayCloseToHome)
wow this looks amazing too. I really should not be going over these recipes b/f lunch
LOVE this! It reminds me so much of a coffee cake that my mom used to make for breakfast. Certainly making it for my family!
Pinning! That looks amazing. Great choice!
colleen @ Secrets from the Cookie Princess
exactly the recipe I need to use up my quickly turning apples. Can't wait to try!
Heather @ Join Us, Pull up a Chair
So glad you enjoyed the cake! It's one of our favorites. I know exactly what you mean about it being a busy month, I feel like I've been running on fumes the last few weeks and I'm exhausted just thinking about the rest of the month.