This cinnamon apple cake nearly disappeared the day I made it! It’s perfectly sweet, extremely easy and is the only apple cake recipe that you’ll ever need!

Apple Cake Recipe

Since apples are available year-round, what better way to use them up then in this delicious apple dessert?! This recipe has minimal ingredients and takes minutes to prepare. It’s super low maintenance and tastes like a moistened apple chunk muffin with a crunchy cinnamon sugar crust! It’s really an incredible dessert and who would’ve guessed it’s this easy?

How to core an apple:

I used to use a knife to quarter and seed apples, but once I received this apple corer (affiliate link), I don’t think I’m going back! It will remove your core in a breeze and doesn’t take up much storage space to invest in! Many more apple snacks to enjoy when you have such an easy to use tool!

What apples are best for apple cake?

A sweeter variety of apples go best with apple cakes. I used Gala apples but cortland, fuji, Honeycrisp and macintosh apples are all welcome.

Ingredients for Apple Cake:

How to make Cinnamon apple cake:

Other Cinnamon flavored desserts to try:

Apple Cinnamon Cake Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 12 people
This apple cinnamon cake nearly disappeared the day I made it! It's perfectly sweet, extremely easy and is the only apple cake recipe that you'll ever need!


  • 8" Springform Pan


Apple Cake Recipe

  • 2 apples chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Cinnamon Sugar Topping:

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp butter melted


How to make Apple Cinnamon Cake:

  • Preheat oven 350°F. Spray and line the bottom of an 8-inch springform pan. Set aside.
  • Beat eggs and sugar over high speed for 3 minutes or until pale and thick. Mix in the vanilla, sour cream and oil. Add the dry ingredients and mix for 30 seconds or until just combined.
  • Spread half of the mixture into the prepared pan and top with half of the apples. Spread remaining batter over the top and garnish with the reserved apples.
  • Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar topping over the top and bake for 65-75 minutes or until done.


  • Can use 9x9 pan
  • Vegetable oil or soybean oil may be used for canola oil
  • Any sweet apples like gala, fuji, Honeycrisp, macintosh or cortland will work.

Nutrition per serving

Serving: 1servingCalories: 331kcalCarbohydrates: 47gProtein: 4gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 226mgPotassium: 104mgFiber: 1gSugar: 29gVitamin A: 205IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 39mgIron: 1mg

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    • Sunshine baker

    This is very good! I was lazy and dumped the apples and toasted pecans directly into the batter. Since I have a 9” square springform pan, I had to do the topping 1.5 times to cover it. I lowered the granulated sugar to 3/4, but I still found it quite sweet. I used 4 small apples (2 Macintosh, 1 Gala, 1 Empire).

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Hi, I’m glad it was good! Thanks for sharing.

    • Nikki

    Turn out really good but the brown sugar topping burnt a little

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Try baking it on the lower rack of the oven, perhaps you may need to decrease your oven temperature as well.

    • Nikki

    This was delicious and the aroma filled my whole house. Thank you for sharing

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Oh Wonderful, Nikki!

    • Sandy

    Made this today. Came out awesome! You rock for sharing! Thank you.

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Glad it was awesome, Sandy!

    • Najat

    Hi , is it possible to omit sour cream or possible to replace it by something else ?

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Hi Najat, perhaps yogurt?

    • Michelle

    Yum, this my first cinnamon cake and it was so moist and yummy. If I chose to omit apples, would it change the recipe?

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Hi Michelle, perhaps adding another fruit like blueberries or strawberries would be a better idea? Not sure how it would work without the fruit.

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