Easy One Bowl Apple Cake

This One Bowl Apple Cake is as easy as 1-2-3. Just put all the ingredients, apples, sugar, flour and spices, in a bowl, mix and bake. It comes out moist, delicious and fills the house with the aromas of apples & cinnamon.

Pouring caramel sauce over apple cake on white plate.

Apple Bundt Cake

Happy September and bring on the fall! I love the fall season! All that cool weather, OK, I might be exaggerating a bit for Florida but it’s a beautiful time of year here, and the yummy flavors and aromas of pumpkin and apples in the air.

One Bowl Apple Cake overhead | 2 Cookin Mamas

I think it’s the change in weather that makes me want to run to my kitchen and start baking. And there are so many recipes that I love to make that I sometimes don’t even know where to start. I make my usual Caramel Apple Bars, Pumpkin Chocolate Spice Bars and, of course, the Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie but, for those that want something besides pie for the holiday, this recipe for Apple Bundt Cake is perfect.

One Bowl Apple Food closeup | 2 Cookin Mamas

I first had this delicious cake at my mother-in-law’s home many years ago and just had to get the recipe from her. I’ve been making it every year since then, it’s that good! It’s surprisingly easy to make, using just one bowl (hence the name), and comes out so moist and full of apple and spice flavors that you’ll want to bake it up again and again.

Most Asked Questions About This Easy Apple Cake

What are the best apples to use in this cake?

It’s best to use a combination of apples, some for sweetness, some for crispness and some for moistness. I prefer to use both the Fuji ad Honeycrisp variety.

Can you freeze this cake?

Absolutely. It freezes well and will keep about 3 months in the freezer. Once cooled, I like to keep this cake in the refrigerator and take it out about 1 hour before serving since it tastes better at room temperature. 

Can I keep this apple cake on the counter?

Yes, but it will not last as long and make sure that it is well covered with plastic wrap so it doesn’t dry out.

How do I know when this one bowl apple cake is done?

The easiest way is to insert a toothpick into the center, if it comes out clean it is done. You can also tell if it is done when the cake starts to pull away from the sides of the bundt pan. Thirdly, you can try lightly touching the top of the cake. If it springs back, it is done. If it leaves a depression, it needs to cook a little longer.

Removing slice of cake from plated cake with powdered sugar dusted top.

How to Make This One Bowl Apple Cake

First 4 steps to make this easy apple cake.

  1. Pour sugar into a large bowl. Add vegetable oil.
  2. Stir well.
  3. Add eggs.
  4. Combine until well incorporated.

Steps 5-10 to make cake from adding apples to pecans.

  1. Pour in chopped apples and stir well.
  2. Add flour.
  3. Sprinkle in salt, baking soda and cinnamon.
  4. Add vanilla extract.
  5. Stir in pecans.
  6. You will have a very thick batter.

Ready to bake cake and finished cake.

  1. Pour into greased and floured bundt pan.
  2. Bake 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 hours or until toothpick in center comes out clean. Let cool for 20-30 minutes on wire rack until it can be inverted without breaking apart.

Plated slice of cake with ice cream and caramel sauce on it.

This one bowl apple cake makes a great dessert for autumn and will easily handle going right into the holidays. And, if you must, and yes you must, serve it a la mode with maybe, OK definitely, a drizzle of caramel sauce on top. I’m drooling just thinking about it. Enjoy!

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EASY ONE BOWL APPLE CAKE
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time
1 hr 50 mins
 
This One Bowl Apple Cake is as easy as 1-2-3. Just put all the ingredients in a bowl, mix and bake. It comes out moist, delicious and fills the house with the aromas of apples & cinnamon.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keywords: Apple Bundt Cake, easy apple cake, One Bowl Apple Cake
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 354 kcal
Author: Linda Warren
Ingredients
Apple Cake
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 cups apples peeled, cored & diced
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pecans chopped
Caramel Sauce (optional)
  • 6 oz caramels
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons heavy whipping cream
Directions
Apple Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Grease & flour a bundt pan.
  2. In a large bowl, mix ingredients in order given. Batter will be very thick.
  3. Pour into prepared bundt pan.
  4. Bake 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 hours or until toothpick in center comes out clean.

  5. Place on wire rack to cool for about 20-30 minutes. You want it to be firm enough to not fall apart when it is inverted. When cool enough remove from pan and place on wire rack to finish cooling completely.
  6. Dust with powdered sugar just prior to serving. Serve with optional sides of vanilla ice cream and warm caramel sauce.

Caramel Sauce
  1. To melt caramels, place caramels and heavy whipping cream in microwave safe measuring cup or bowl.

  2. Melt in microwave on high in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until smooth. Usually takes about 1-1/2 to 2 minutes.

Recipe Notes

Most Asked Questions About This Easy Apple Cake

What are the best apples to use in this cake?

It's best to use a combination of apples, some for sweetness, some for crispness and some for moistness. I prefer to use both the Fuji ad Honeycrisp variety.

Can you freeze this cake?

Absolutely. It freezes well and will keep about 3 months in the freezer. Once cooled, I like to keep this cake in the refrigerator and take it out about 1 hour before serving since it tastes better at room temperature. 

Can I keep this easy apple cake on the counter?

Yes, but it will not last as long and make sure that it is well covered with plastic wrap so it doesn't dry out.

How do I know when this one bowl apple cake is done?

The easiest way is to insert a toothpick into the center, if it comes out clean it is done. You can also tell if it is done when the cake starts to pull away from the sides of the bundt pan. Thirdly, you can try lightly touching the top of the cake. If it springs back, it is done. If it leaves a depression, it needs to cook a little longer.

Nutrition Facts
EASY ONE BOWL APPLE CAKE
Amount Per Serving
Calories 354 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 40mg13%
Sodium 156mg7%
Potassium 119mg3%
Carbohydrates 63g21%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 37g41%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 80IU2%
Vitamin C 1.6mg2%
Calcium 22mg2%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This post has been updated with new step-by-step easy to follow instructions. It was originally published on November 20, 2016.

No Mixer Required! This Easy Apple Cake is made with just one bowl and a spoon. Stir together apples, pecans, flour and spices, pour into a bundt pan and bake. Out comes a moist, rich cake that\'s perfect for fall and holiday time. Serve drizzled with creamy caramel sauce to put it over the top! #dessert #fall #apples #bundt #easy #onebowl #recipe #cinnamon #pecans #caramel #moist #Thanksgiving

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9 Comments

  • Reply
    Sandi
    09/01/2019 at 10:47 am

    5 stars
    I am a total sucker for apple cake. I pulled out my bundt pan, can’ t wait to make this.

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      09/03/2019 at 4:00 pm

      Hope you enjoy it as much as we do. I’m hosting a party Saturday and it will be one of the dessert offerings (along with the caramel sauce of course).

  • Reply
    Renee Goerger
    09/01/2019 at 10:46 am

    5 stars
    The smell of this baking in the oven is heaven! Lovely recipe!!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      09/03/2019 at 3:59 pm

      When those aromas float through the house I feel like it’s fall. Which in Florida doesn’t normally happen until November. So I need all the help I can get. lol

  • Reply
    Irene Kerslake
    11/02/2018 at 7:13 pm

    Can you freeze the one bowl apple cake?

  • Reply
    Sara Giboney
    11/24/2016 at 9:37 am

    Yum! This looks amazing. I love apple cake, but I’ve never made it.

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      11/24/2016 at 11:00 am

      If you love apple cake you’ve just got to try this one. And it’s super easy too!

  • Reply
    Christina
    11/23/2016 at 8:41 pm

    What a perfect holiday dessert! It looks delicious ?

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