Top-Rated Apple Cake Recipes

From oven-baked to skillet-cooked, we rounded up our top-rated cakes that celebrate fall's bounty of apples and spice.

  • Cinnamon-Apple Cake
    By Erin McFarland, Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Cinnamon-Apple Cake

    Among our most popular cakes—the 5-star rated Cinnamon-Apple Cake gets its moisture from cream cheese in the batter.
  • Apple-Cream Cheese Bundt Cake
    By Erin McFarland, Photo: Luca Trovato; Styling: Buffy Hargett

    Apple-Cream Cheese Bundt Cake

    Fall flavors and cream cheese are a match made in culinary heaven. Drizzle with praline frosting to seal the deal.
  • <p>Apple Stack Cake</p>
    By Erin McFarland

    Apple Stack Cake

    A naked layer cake filled to the brim with cinnamon cooked apples is sure to be a show piece at your next party.
  • Carrot-Apple Spice Cake with Browned-Butter Glaze
    By Erin McFarland, Photo: Johnny Miller; Styling: Sarah Smart

    Carrot-Apple Spice Cake with Browned-Butter Glaze

    We challenged ourselves to come up with a showstopping dessert that uses boxed cake mix as a starting point—and we succeeded. Fresh carrot and apple plus a splash of bourbon boost the flavor of the layers, while the browned-butter glaze is, well, the wildly delicious icing on the cake.
  • Fresh Apple Cake
    By Erin McFarland, Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Amy Burke

    Fresh Apple Cake

    Thinly sliced apples and toasted pecans make up the bulk of this recipe. Topped with your choice of three types of frosting and you've got your family's newest addiction.
  • Fort Davis Apple Cake
    By Erin McFarland, Randy Mayor

    Fort Davis Apple Cake

    Not only is this glazed apple cake recipe a sure-fire hit, but it's super low-maintenance too—no mixer required!
  • Honey-Apple Cake
    By Erin McFarland, Photo: Charles Walton

    Honey-Apple Cake

    Top your apple cake with a generous scoop of icing and a drizzle of warm honey sauce, and guests will start begging for seconds.
  • Upside-Down Caramelized Apple Cake
    By Erin McFarland, Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Buffy Hargett

    Upside-Down Caramelized Apple Cake

    Think the apple, pecan, and sugar mixture bubbling in the skillet is enough? Add cake batter and you've entered true euphoria.
  • Nutty Apple Spice Cake with Quick Butterscotch Sauce
    By Erin McFarland, Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Nutty Apple Spice Cake with Quick Butterscotch Sauce

    The sugar caramelizes into a crunchy top layer that's best eaten the day it's made, so go ahead and have another piece.
  • Double Apple Cake
    By Erin McFarland, Oxmoor House

    Double Apple Cake

    Let the batter—flavored with dried apple slices and applesauce—sit in the slow-cooker for a couple hours and you've got double the delight in this Double Apple Cake.
  • Upside-Down Apple Polenta Cake
    By Erin McFarland, Photo: Beatriz Da Costa

    Upside-Down Apple Polenta Cake

    Cornmeal gives the upside down cake the perfect texture underneath a layer of tender skillet-cooked apples.
  • Apple Oven Cake
    By Erin McFarland, Photo: Leo Gong; Styling: Karen Shinto

    Apple Oven Cake

    This (pan)cake puffs to perfection in the oven for a not-too-sweet breakfast main dish or rustic dessert option.
  • Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Honey Apple Cake
    By Erin McFarland, Photo: Howard L. Puckett; Styling: Lydia Degaris-Pursell

    Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Honey Apple Cake

    Everyone loves apple-cinnamon oatmeal, right? Now make it a cake! Sweetened with apple sauce and topped with a fluffy whipped frosting—it's a perfect fall dessert.
  • Autumn Apple Cake
    By Erin McFarland, Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Autumn Apple Cake

    This not-too-sweet cake recipe works best with sweet, crisp apples such as Pink Lady, Braeburn, or Sundowner.
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