Apple-Spice Bundt Cake with Caramel Frosting

I’ve been craving a fall dessert and tried a recipe that I spotted in the September 2016 issue of Southern Living Magazine, Apple-Spice Bundt Cake with Caramel Frosting.



Southern Living described this dessert as an update on an old-fashioned Southern cake with the warm spice of chai, an Indian tea.  I’ve never tasted chai tea and I’m guessing that cardamom and coriander added to the cake batter are what gives this bundt cake its unusual and very good flavor.Apple Spice Bundt Cake with Caramel Frosting


The cake also is flavored with grated apple and pumpkin pie spice.  A cream cheese filling adds another dimension of flavor.  Since I have an uncontrollable sweet tooth, the best part to me is the caramel icing made with heavy cream and cooked on the stove top.

Apple Spice Bundt Cake with Caramel Frosting


This bundt cake won’t last the week at my house even though there are only two of us eating it.  I’ll admit that we put a pretty big dent in it when I made it on Saturday.


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Apple-Spice Bundt Cake with Caramel Frosting
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12 servings
Cream Cheese Filling
  • 1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 T flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Apple-Spice Batter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1½ tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp ground coriander
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 large Granny Spice apples (about 1½ lb), peeled and grated
  • ⅔ cup roughly chopped pecans or walnuts
Caramel Frosting
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup salted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1¼ cups powdered sugar, sifted
  1. Prepare the Cream Cheese Filling: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat cream cheese, ¼ cup granulated sugar, 1 egg, 2 T flour, and 1 tsp vanilla with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth.
  2. Prepare the Apple-Spice Batter: Beat brown sugar, oil, and ½ cup granulated sugar with an electric stand mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add 3 eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in 2 tsp vanilla. Whisk together baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, cardamom, salt, baking soda, coriander, and 3 cups flour. Gradually add to brown sugar mixture, beating on low speed until just blended. Add apples, and beat on low speed just until combined.
  3. Spoon half of the batter into a greased and floured 14-cup Bundt pan. Dollop Cream Cheese Filling over the apple mixture leaving a 1-inch border around the edges of the pan. Swirl filling through batter using a knife. Spoon remaining batter over filling.
  4. Bake in preheated oven until a long wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean, 50 minutes to 1 hour. Cool cake in pan on a wire rack 20 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack, and cool completely (about 2 hours). Spoon frosting immediately over cooled cake: sprinkle with nuts.





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  1. This. Looks. Amazing. That cream cheese filling and frosting really put it over the edge. Maybe I will make this cake this weekend!

  2. This looks amazing, Paula! You had me at cream cheese filling. 🙂

  3. That looks really good especially with the caramel frosting. Do you think I could use light cream cheese in the recipe instead of regular? We’ve only got that on hand right now.

  4. I haven’t made a bundt cake in years! This one looks amazing! Thanks for sharing on the What’s for Dinner link up!!

  5. I love finding new recipes for fall. Your apple spice bundt cake looks delicious. Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle. I’ll be featuring this at today’s party. Hope to see you there!

  6. Holly Lefevre says:

    Oh my…this sounds delicious! We love apple anything during the Fall.

  7. This looks and sounds so amazing. The perfect coffee cake!

    Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop).

    Wishing you a lovely week.

  8. This sounds wonderful and I am adding it to my list of things to try. Thanks for sharing on To Grandma’s House We Go!

  9. Marilyn Lesniak says:

    This looks so delicious. Pinned to my apple board!

  10. Marilyn Lesniak says:

    I just got a fatal error on this comment but seems like it is showing. Just wanted you to know!

  11. What a great Bundt Cake for fall. I just love the apple, spice and caramel combination, it looks delicious! Thanks so much for sharing with us on Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Miz Helen

  12. This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing with us at the Snickerdoodle Link Party! This will be one of my features this Saturday – stop by to take a look! Roseann from This Autoimmune Life


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