Apple-Maple Spice Cake


Granny Smith and/or Gala apples both work marvelous (alongside apple butter) in the batter for this tender fall bundt cake recipe.

Bundt Apple Maple Spice Cake drizzled with maple-caramel sauce
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 20 mins


  • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup whole wheat flour

  • 2 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • teaspoon ground cloves

  • 4 medium gala and/or Granny Smith apples

  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 cup apple butter

  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons maple syrup

  • cup packed brown sugar

  • cup heavy cream


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour a 10-inch fluted tube pan.

  2. In a medium bowl whisk together the flours, baking powder, cinnamon, soda, salt, nutmeg, and cloves. Core and finely chop apples.

  3. In a large bowl beat 2/3 cup butter with a mixer on medium to high for 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar and beat for 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Beat in apple butter and 1/4 cup maple syrup (batter may appear curdled). Gradually beat in flour mixture on low until combined. Fold in half the finely chopped apples. Spoon batter into prepared pan, spreading evenly.

  4. Bake 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 minutes. Remove from pan. Cool slightly on a wire rack.

  5. meanwhile for topper: In a large skillet melt remaining 1/3 cup butter over medium. Add remaining apples. Cook and stir for 1 to 2 minutes or until softened. Stir in brown sugar and cream. Bring to boiling, stirring to dissolve sugar. Boil gently, uncovered, for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in remaining 2 tablespoons maple syrup. Cool slightly. Spoon over cake. Serve cake warm or cooled.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

540 Calories
19g Fat
90g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 540
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 79mg 26%
Sodium 383mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 90g 33%
Total Sugars 66g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 0.5mg 3%
Calcium 100mg 8%
Iron 1.6mg 9%
Potassium 224mg 5%
Fatty acids, total trans 1g
Folate, total 38.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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