Apple Pie Cake Recipe

This Apple Pie Cake combines the best of both worlds – the rich, moist texture of a cake with the classic, comforting flavors of apple pie. Perfect for fall gatherings or any time you’re craving a delicious apple dessert.


  • For the Cake:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups peeled and diced apples (use Granny Smith or Honeycrisp for best results)
  • For the Topping:
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, cold and cut into small pieces


  1. Prepare the Oven and Pan:
  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour a 9×13 inch baking pan or line it with parchment paper for easy removal.
  1. Mix Dry Ingredients:
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Set aside.
  1. Cream Butter and Sugars:
  • In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, cream the butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar together until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes.
  1. Add Eggs and Vanilla:
  • Beat in the eggs one at a time, ensuring each is fully incorporated before adding the next. Mix in the vanilla extract.
  1. Combine Wet and Dry Ingredients:
  • Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture, alternating with the buttermilk, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined.
  1. Fold in Apples:
  • Gently fold in the diced apples using a spatula or wooden spoon until evenly distributed throughout the batter.
  1. Prepare the Topping:
  • In a small bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Add the cold butter pieces and use a pastry cutter or your fingers to blend the mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs.
  1. Assemble and Bake:
  • Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan, spreading it out evenly. Sprinkle the topping mixture evenly over the batter.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  1. Cool and Serve:
  • Allow the cake to cool in the pan on a wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature, optionally with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream.

Enjoy your delicious Apple Pie Cake, a perfect dessert that brings the flavors of apple pie to a moist, delightful cake!

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