Apple Spice Sour Cream Bundt Cake

I love apple desserts as a bridge between the sunny days of summer and dipping our toes into fall.  This Apple Spice Sour Cream Bundt Cake has the best of both worlds – that homey sweet bite of fresh apples, with all the warmth and coziness that comes with spices like cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg.  This cake is incredibly moist and flavorful.  It honestly doesn’t need much else to fancy it up, but I’ve included a simple glaze because glaze and bundt cakes are like PB and J.  They belong together. Apple Spice Sour Cream Bundt Cake is one of my family’s favorite desserts.  It’s great for an after-dinner treat, a get together with friends, or even an after school snack!

A slice of apple bundt cake on a white plate.

Ingredient Notes

Apples – Use any kind of crisp apple you like.  Granny Smiths are always great for baking as the tartness balances out sweetness in desserts, but I’m using a honeycrisp here and it’s just as fantastic.

Sour Cream – I recommend full fat sour cream. You can use reduced fat in a pinch, or even a Greek yogurt, but my preference would be full fat sour cream.

How to Make Apple Spice Sour Cream Bundt Cake

  1. Grease and flour a 10″ bundt cake pan and set aside. For this recipe, you’re going to need an apple, butter, sugar, sour cream, eggs, vanilla, and a few spices.
  2. Cream some butter and sugar until light and fluffy (about 90 seconds). Then add eggs, one at a time, and some vanilla.Butter and sugar being creamed together in a mixing bowl.
  3. In another bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  4. We’re going to mix everything in stages to ensure a good smooth batter, mixing everything well after each addition. Start by adding 1/3 of the flour mixture to the butter and sugar mixture, combine. Then add 1/2 of the sour cream, combine, then add another 1/3 of the flour, and combine. Add the last of the yogurt, mix completely, then add the final 1/3 of the flour mixture. Mix until combined and set aside.
  5. Place the chopped apples in a small mixing bowl. Sprinkle with flour, brown sugar, and spices and toss to coat evenly. Set aside (but not too far aside–you’ll need them in just a second.)
  6. Pour enough batter into the bottom of the pan to cover about 1″ of the bottom of the pan. Cover this layer with about 1/2 of the apples. Spread enough batter over the apples to completely cover them, then spread the remaining apples over the batter layer. Spread the last of the batter over the apples. Bake in the preheated oven for 45-55 minutes or until golden and a pick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Remove the cake from the oven and allow to cool completely.
  7. Invert the cake onto a serving plate. If desired, whisk together the glaze ingredients and drizzle over the cake. Makes 16 servings.

Serving Suggestions

This cake is so deliciously moist. It will have no problem being the star of the show as a dessert or afterschool snack! It would make a lovely addition to an afternoon tea.

If you’re looking for other apple recipes, consider one of these other Our Best Bites favorites:

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

German Apple Cake

Classic Apple Crisp

Classic Apple Pie

FAQs

  • Do I have to use a bundt pan?  This batter would likely work well in a baking dish, loaf pans, or even in muffin tins. I don’t have tried and true bake times for these options, so if you try it out, you will have to watch carefully for doneness as they bake.
  • Do I have to add the apples? I love the apples in this cake, but I think it would be just as good with a simple cinnamon swirl running through the batter as well. Mix up the batter as directed and then feel free to get creative with the mix ins!

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A slice of apple spice bundt cake on a white plate.

Apple Spice Sour Cream Bundt Cake

5 from 1 vote
A deliciously moist bundt cake combining sweet apples and warm spices.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • BATTER
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour lightly spooned into measuring cups and leveled with a knife
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • FILLING
  • 1 small baking apple peeled, cored, and finely chopped (about 1 1/4 cups chopped apple)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • GLAZE
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon almond or vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk
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Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour a 10" bundt cake pan and set aside.
  • In a large bowl (like the bowl of your stand mixer), combine the butter and sugar and beat with an electric mixer on high speed until light and fluffy (about 90 seconds). Add eggs, one at a time, mixing completely after each addition. Add the vanilla and mix to combine.
  • In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add 1/3 of the flour mixture, beating until completely combined. Add 1/2 of the sour cream, mix completely, then add another 1/3 of the flour, mix completely. Add the last of the sour cream, mix completely, then add the final 1/3 of the flour mixture. Mix until combined and set aside.
  • Place the chopped apples in a small mixing bowl. Sprinkle with flour, brown sugar, and spices and toss to coat evenly. Set aside (but not too far aside--you'll need them in just a second.)
  • Pour enough batter into the bottom of the pan to cover about 1" of the bottom of the pan. Cover this layer with about 1/2 of the apples. Spread enough batter over the apples to completely cover them, then spread the remaining apples over the batter layer. Spread the last of the batter over the apples. Bake in the preheated oven for 45-55 minutes or until golden and a pick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Remove the cake from the oven and allow to cool completely.
  • Invert the cake onto a serving plate. If desired, whisk together the glaze ingredients and drizzle over the cake. Makes 16 servings.
Keyword: apple, bundt cake, Cake, fall baking
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Questions & Reviews

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  2. Looks like a fun box. I just have to say though, I’ve not been impressed by my anchor measuring cup. I have a 4 cups one that I’ve had yes for a while (5 years) but all the markings have worn away. My Pyrex ones I’ve had for 9 years still look brand new. Just an FYI.

  3. Your cake sounds wonderful. I may make it this afternoon. I have that bundt pan too and really like it.

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  6. I’d love to try out a few different bundt cake recipes (like this one). I don’t have a bundt pan because I’ve been looking for the right one.

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  13. I would make this apple spice cake and probably my mom’s chocolate, chocolate chip cake. Oh…and I’d figure out a way to use loose, herbal tea for that brew thingy :).

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