Fresh Apples are the highlight of this season and are beautifully represented in this Apple Fritter Cake. A deliciously creamy cake made with applesauce, cinnamon, and sour cream. Yes, sour cream! This brings a smooth texture to your cake that lingers until the last piece.
The filling is made with crisp granny smith apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, and your favorite spices. Top with a vanilla glaze for the ultimate dessert. This Apple Fritter Cake is perfect for any season and celebration.
Serve this delicious cake with your favorite tea or coffee to flavor match your whole meal. The dense cake pairs perfectly with either of these hot beverages. We also recommend pairing these with your favorite brunch beverage whether that be champagne or a fruity cocktail. If you are baking this Apple Fritter Cake in the fall, it goes PERFECTLY with apple-flavored ale.
Serve at any time of the day and enjoy a sweet treat. The aroma of this delicious cake will fill your home and have your family running to the kitchen for a slice.
Can I use different types of apples?
Absolutely! Granny Smith apples have a slightly tart flavor, but if you want something sweeter, you can substitute for Jonagold, Honeycrisp, Pink Ladies, and Braeburn’s, which are sweeter but still hold up to baking.
How do you properly store Apple Fritter Cake?
We recommend storing it in an air-tight container in the fridge due to the dairy products in baking this delightful cake. It will also last longer in the refrigerator. Just reheat lightly in the microwave to re-moist your cake.
Why does this recipe use Sour Cream?
Sour cream into your dessert does not add any flavor but makes your dough more stable for baking. It also adds moisture to your cake to ensure it does not dry out.
Here is what you need to bake this Apple Fritter Cake:
For the cake base:
⅓ C. Butter unsalted and softened
⅔ C. Granulated sugar
½ C. Applesauce
Two medium-sized eggs
2 tsp. Vanilla extract
Two ⅓ C. Flour
2 tsp. Baking powder
1 tsp. Cinnamon Powder
1 C. Sour cream
For the Apple Filling:
Two large Granny Smith apples peeled and sliced thinly
½ C. Granulated sugar
½ tsp. Cinnamon
½ tsp of Nutmeg
4 tsp. Water
3 Tbsp. Cornstarch
½ C. Brown sugar
½ tsp. Cinnamon
For the vanilla glaze:
2 C. Powdered sugar
½ C. Milk
1 tsp. Vanilla extract
Let’s get to baking this amazing Apple Fritter Cake recipe.
First, make sure your oven is preheated to 350 degrees F.
In a medium bowl, cream the ⅓ cup unsalted butter and ⅔ cup sugar until smooth consistency.
Add the eggs, applesauce, and 2 tsp vanilla to the bowl, and beat until combined.
Mix in the baking powder, flour, and cinnamon until mixed thoroughly.
Now add your sour cream to the bowl and beat on medium speed until smooth.
Heat a skillet over medium heat, and add the apples, ½ cup sugar, ½ tsp cinnamon, pinch of nutmeg, water, and cornstarch to it. Stir consistently, so your mixture does not burn. Stir until apples are soft and the sauce has thickened.
Mix the ½ cup brown sugar and ½ tsp cinnamon in a small bowl and set aside.
In a greased baking dish, pour in half of the cake batter.
Cover the batter with the apple filling, and sprinkle ¾ of the brown sugar mixture.
Layer the last half of the cake batter on top of the apple filling and top with the remaining brown sugar mixture.
Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until cooked through, and the top has a golden brown color.
While the cake is baking, grab a medium mixing bowl and add all ingredients for the glaze. Mix to incorporate.
Pour your vanilla glaze on the cake as it is removed from the oven, still hot. The glaze will harden slightly while the cake cools.
SERVE AND ENJOY!
What would you serve with this Apple Fritter Cake?
- For the cake:
- ⅓ C. Butter unsalted and softened
- ⅔ C. Granulated sugar
- ½ C. Applesauce
- 2 Large eggs
- 2 tsp. Vanilla extract
- 2 ⅓ C. All purpose flour
- 2 tsp. Baking powder
- 1 tsp. Cinnamon
- 1 C. Sour cream
- For the Filling:
- 2 Large Granny smith apples peeled an thinly sliced
- ½ C. Granulated sugar
- ½ tsp. Cinnamon
- Pinch of nutmeg
- 4 tsp. Water
- 3 Tbsp. Cornstarch
- ½ C. Brown sugar
- ½ tsp. Cinnamon
- For the glaze:
- 2 C. Powdered sugar
- ½ C. Milk
- 1 tsp. Vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- In a mixing bowl, cream together the ⅓ cup butter and ⅔ cup sugar until smooth.
- Add the eggs, applesauce, and 2 tsp vanilla to the mixing bowl, and beat until combined.
- Mix in the flour, baking powder, and cinnamon until well incorporated.
- Pour the sour cream into the bowl and beat on high until the batter is smooth.
- Heat a skillet over medium heat on the stove, and add the apples, ½ cup sugar, ½ tsp cinnamon, pinch of nutmeg, water, and cornstarch to it. Continue to cook until the apples are softened and the sauce has thickened.
- Mix together the ½ cup brown sugar and ½ tsp cinnamon in a bowl and set aside.
- Place half of the cake batter in an even layer on the bottom of a well-greased baking dish.
- Cover the batter with the apple filling, and sprinkle ¾ of the brown sugar mixture on top of them.
- Layer the last half of the cake batter on top of the apple filling, and top with the remaining brown sugar mixture.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until cooked through.
- While the cake is baking, add the ingredients for the glaze to a mixing bowl, and beat until smooth and creamy.
- Immediately pour the glaze evenly over the cake when it is removed from the oven. Let sit to allow the glaze to harden a bit before serving.