Apple Fritter Cake

2 Mar

I don’t cook with apples enough.

I found this recipe on Pinterest and it caught my eye because of the apples. I know apple season is more in the fall – just before pumpkin season and all the food blogs declare “I’m using pumpkin in everything I make!” (thanks, Esi!) – but I thought this would be fun and a nice change of pace.

Grazing in The City - Apple Fritter Cake

Diced Apples Ready For the Filling

While this was very good and I totally recommend it (for something like a brunch with friends or even a potluck at work, maybe?) – I was actually thinking it would have more of a pastry type of consistency.

Grazing in The City - Apple Fritter Cake

Glazed and Confused

But that’s my own fault, cause I can read the ingredients and see for myself that this is definitely more of an actual cake.

Grazing in The City - Apple Fritter Cake

Grazing in The City - Apple Fritter Cake

Definitely cake.

Regardless, the filling is fantastic and the icing glaze totally sets it off.

Grazing in The City - Apple Fritter Cake

Grazing in The City - Apple Fritter Cake

This would be great for company. Perfect for a brunch or even a potluck at work. Enjoy!

Grazing in The City - Apple Fritter Cake


For Filling:

1 heaping cup of sliced apples

1/3 cup sugar

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

small pinch freshly grated nutmeg

2 tbsp cornstarch

2 tsp water

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 tsp cinnamon

For Cake:

1/3 cup butter

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup applesauce

1 tsp vanilla

2 eggs

2 1/4 cups flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

1 cup greek yogurt

For Glaze:

2 cups powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla

6 tbsp milk


For Filling:  

Make your filling by combining apples, sugar, water, cinnamon and cornstarch in a small saucepan.  Cook on low for 5-7 mins, stirring constantly until the sauce is thickened and the apples have softened.  Set aside to cool.  In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar and cinnamon and set aside.

For Cake:  

Preheat oven to 350°.  Grease and flour a 9×13 baking dish.  Set aside.

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.  Add applesauce and vanilla and mix till combined.  Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Sift the dry ingredients together.  Add the dry ingredients to the batter in three parts alternating with the yogurt in two parts, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients.  Beat until just combined.

Spoon half of the batter into the prepared pan.  Spoon the cooled apple mixture over the batter carefully and spread as evenly as possible.  Sprinkle 2/3 of brown sugar cinnamon mixture over apples and cover with the rest of the batter.  Sprinkle the rest of the brown sugar cinnamon mixture over the top.

Bake for 45-55 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.

For Glaze:  While the cake is baking, make the glaze.  In a bowl, mix the powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk until the glaze is desired consistency.  When the cake comes out of the oven, immediately but carefully pour onto hot cake.  Try to pour as evenly as possible.  You might have to pick up the cake and tilt it to spread the glaze evenly.  I even poured some out that pooled at the corners and repoured that over the top.  Let the cake sit for awhile for the glaze to set.


13 Responses to “Apple Fritter Cake”

  1. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide March 3, 2013 at 8:14 am #

    Looks really moist. I love how versatile apples are.

    • billpeeler March 3, 2013 at 9:45 am #

      Me too – this turned out a little unexpected, but I was happy with it overall.

  2. Karista March 3, 2013 at 10:46 am #

    Wow this looks good! What a clever cake. And who doesn’t love an apple fritter LOL! Happy Sunday Bill!

    • billpeeler March 3, 2013 at 10:57 am #

      Thanks, Karista! Happy Sunday to you as well!

  3. Eva Taylor March 3, 2013 at 11:21 am #

    This does look like a perfect brunch dish to share with a group of people!

    • billpeeler March 3, 2013 at 12:04 pm #

      Thank you Eva – I quite agree, this is perfect for a group brunch —-

  4. thewindykitchen March 3, 2013 at 11:22 am #

    thanks for stopping by my blog! your cake looks delicious 😉

  5. sugaredpecan March 3, 2013 at 11:42 am #

    This looks so delicious and would be great with my morning coffe! YUM!

  6. sugaredpecan March 3, 2013 at 11:43 am #

    This looks delicious and will be great with my morning coffee!

    • billpeeler March 3, 2013 at 12:02 pm #

      Yeah, it definitely strikes me as more of a breakfast/brunch item – thanks so much!

  7. egg me on March 4, 2013 at 9:36 pm #

    Great looking cake. I’d definitely enjoy this with my morning coffee. Or, as an afternoon treat. Or, as a dessert with some vanilla ice cream. See — apples are so versatile!

    • billpeeler March 8, 2013 at 7:04 am #

      The possibilities are endless, right?? Thanks!

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