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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Recipe Rating


    • Lou

    Very good I will definitely do this cake again

    I might even try it in the spring with rhubarb

    • Elaine

    Sooo yummy! My guests loved it. A definite keeper👍😊

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Glad to hear, Elaine!

    • Cj

    You did not include instructions for the topping on how to prepare it. Could you please be specific. The butter is melted?

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Yes, you would melt the butter and just combine the cinnamon sugar topping.

    • Najat

    What can I use instead of sour cream , thank you

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Perhaps yogurt.

    • Denall

    Very light, perfect!

      • Alyona’s Cooking


    • Catherine Borths

    So, you don’t peel the apples?

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      I believe I did peel the apples.

    • Elke Oberkalkofen

    Hello Alyona,

    my whole family loves this cake. Thank your for sharing.

    Greetings from Germany.

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      That’s wonderful!

    • Christina Turner

    Delicious fall cake. I have made it numerous times. My family loves this one.

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Thank you for the wonderful feedback, Christina!


    Perfect cake!

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Thank you, Tina!

    • Joy

    Great Autumn cake recipe. Turned out perfectly. I did add a tsp Apple Pie Spice.

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Thank you for the feedback, Joy!

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