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Apple fritter cake is the fall dessert mashup you’ve been waiting for

This apple fritter cake is all the things you want out of a delicious fall dessert.

It’s perfectly sweet, full of apples and tastes just like a fritter in cake form. Plus it’s super simple to make and a huge crowd-pleaser. The hardest part about this cake is not eating it all in one sitting.

apple fritter cake
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Apple fritter cake recipe

This recipe uses white whole-wheat flour, which is delicious, but if you don’t have it on hand, all-purpose flour will work too.

Serves 4-6

Prep time: 20 minutes | Bake time: 40 minutes | Total time: 1 hour


For the filling

  • 1 cup small-diced apples
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice

For the cake

  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons apple butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup white whole-wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt

For the glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3-4 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or extract


For the filling

  1. To a small saucepan set over medium heat, add the apples, brown sugar, water, cornstarch and apple pie spice.
  2. Simmer until the mixture thickens, and then set aside to cool while you prepare the cake.

For the cake

  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F, and spray an 8 x 8-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. To the bowl of your electric mixer, add the brown sugar and butter. Beat until the mixture is combined and creamy, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add in the apple butter and egg. Mix until combined.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, apple pie spice, baking soda, baking powder and kosher salt.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the mixer, alternating with the yogurt. Mix together until fully combined.
  6. Spread 1/2 the batter into the bottom of the prepared baking dish, and top with the apple mixture.
  7. Spread the remaining batter on top of the apple mixture. It doesn’t have to cover it completely, but try to cover as much as you can.
  8. Place in the oven, and bake for about 40 minutes, until the cake is fully cooked and lightly browned on top.
  9. Remove from the oven, and immediately pour the glaze over cake.
  10. Let cool for about 2 hours so the apples and glaze can set up.

For the glaze

  1. Whisk together the ingredients until smooth. If it’s too thick to pour, then add a little more milk. If it’s too thin, then add more powdered sugar.

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