Both apple butter and grated apple add rich sweet flavor to this double apple bundt cake with lemon glaze.
double apple bundt cake with lemon glaze

An apple a day they say?

Well there are TWO in this cake, and that’s not even counting the apple butter!!

We are well on our way to a life of eternal health. I can taste it.


I am alllllll about the apple right now.

Still can’t quite bring myself to mention the “P” word, but give me a few weeks. Time heals all wounds and readies all taste buds.

(At least I hope so!)


But apples, I’m ready for.

This is actually not my first time on the apple cake train. It’s not even my first time this year!

But this is definitely the most appliest of apple cakes I’ve ever made. It gets double the apple flavor from both apple butter and grated apples, so the resulting apple flavor is just WOW.



It’s also incredibly moist (<–sorry), perfectly spiced, and the kind of cake you keep wanting “just one more bite of”.

Until half the cake is gone…but at that point you’ve pretty much eaten an ENTIRE APPLE, so in my book, you’re ahead of the game.


We’re gonna live forever…one apple cake slice at a time.

Double Apple Bundt Cake with Lemon Glaze
Both apple butter and grated apple add rich sweet flavor to this double apple bundt cake with lemon glaze.
Yield: 12 servings
For the cake
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp grated nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 10 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup apple butter
  • 2 medium apples, peeled, cored, and grated
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
For the glaze
  • 1 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 3-4 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  1. Heat oven to 350F. Grease a 12 cup Bundt pan.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices, and salt.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the butter and sugar on medium speed, scraping down the bowl as necessary. Beat for 3 minutes, or until smooth and thick. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Reduce the mixer to low and beat in the apple butter. Still on low speed, add in the grated apples and mix until blended. Add the dry ingredients, mixing until just combined. Fold in the nuts. Spoon the batter into the Bundt pan and smooth with the spatula.
  4. Bake for 50-55 minutes, or until a knife inserted comes out clean. Transfer the pan to a rack to cool for 5 minutes, then unmold the cake, allowing to cool completely.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together the sugar and the lemon juice. Drizzle over the top of the cake and let stand until the icing dries, just a few minutes.
Adapted slightly from Baking: From My Home to Yours
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 slice



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42 Responses to Double Apple Bundt Cake with Lemon Glaze

  1. Gorgeous! And then there’s the pecans. I’m in lurve! 🙂

  2. Yes, yes, and yes! I already have plans to go apple picking three times this fall – this cake may need to happen 😀

  3. I need to get myself a bundt pan. I am obsessed with all things apple at the moment. Obsessed!

  4. All the great apple recipes, and this looks like one of the very best. I’m going to have to go apple picking again!

  5. Wow! This is such a beauty, Joanne. Double apple sounds incredibly yum. And that lemon glaze on top is AWESOME. 🙂

  6. i love this time of the year for apple cakes!!! love love love this bundt!

  7. I’m long overdue in making a bundt cake. Double apple with lemon glaze will first on my fall bundt baking list!

  8. Yep, that looks just about perfect!

  9. APPLE BUTTER IN CAKE? What is this sorcery?! Oh girlfriend I’m loving it.

  10. Personally, I’d rather have 2 apples a day – which means I need to eat a WHOLE one of these everyday – pass me the fork!

  11. HA @ a whole apple ?! This apple cake is taking me back to my BFF’s mom’s apple cake…which I am happy to admit I’ve definitely had an entire cake by myself the amount of times she’s made it for me. Loving the lemon glaze! Funny enough I put my pumpkin purée in the freezer yesterday and said “I will see you again soon friend. I’ll see you again soon.”

  12. This is a great treat for me to bring in to work. It’s such a Fall theme! I am not ready for the pumpkin yet…not at all.

  13. I love apple cake! This looks gorgeous, Joanne! Loving the lemon glaze! 😀

  14. I can’t get enough apples this time of year! Love that you topped this apple cake with a lemon glaze!

  15. Pam says:

    I really wish I had a slice of this to go with my coffee right now. It looks delish!

  16. Though I have already broken down and used the “p” word in some of my cooking this season, I fully endorse this effort to celebrate the apple! Do you have a preference for the types of apples you use?

  17. Sarah says:

    Hehe I’m glad you’re also a hater of the word moist. But this “moist” (Eew) cake sounds SO delicious 🙂

  18. Kate says:

    I’m saving this for when we go apple picking at the end of the month.

  19. record was 11 apples a day… got the numbers of apple cakes I need to bake! YUM!

  20. Ala says:

    Moist ughughugh. Jk–I’m actually okay with that word, though my friends are NOT. I’m also okay with you sending me this cake ASAP so I can shove it in my face pronto and make an apple-fied fool of myself. Please and thank youuuuu!

  21. Debbie says:

    I will be making this! Love Apple cakes…every fall I try and make one’s I haven’t made before.

  22. im already into P mode….but i love apples too.

  23. Beth says:

    This looks so good I could weep. What better way to usher in the fall, P-word or not?

  24. Apples are just the best and love how much apple goodness you’ve packed in here! Pinning 🙂

  25. cheri says:

    I Love apples and cakes!

  26. Meg says:

    This sounds fantastic, and I love that it’s not super complicated! My attention span is ten kinds of crazy right now, but I think I could handle this one. 🙂

  27. Totally health food right here! I need to start baking with apples ASAP!

  28. easypeasy says:

    I like this apple cake a day keeps the doctor away idea! 😉

  29. Claudia says:

    Looking delicious, and I’m ready for cake. Always. But, here in Hawaii, I sub out apples for guavas, and it usually works. I mean we do get apples here, but by the time they’re in the store…… oh well.

  30. an apple (or more) a day baked in a cake like yours will certainly keep the doc away…..hope your written and oral defense went superbly! This cake will certainly ease the pain of those exams! Happy Autumn and cheers to life, Joanne!

  31. I love using apple butter in my baking 🙂

  32. Johanna GGG says:

    Oh I don’t want to live forever – just a few more decades will do – but I do want to eat lots of this cake!

  33. Reeni says:

    I LOVE that there’s apple butter in here too adding extra apple flavor – I’m all about that! I’m finally over summer and ready for all the apples and pumpkin too.

  34. grace says:

    wowza, that looks so moist! i like the idea of a lemon glaze, it’s something i haven’t seen on a cake like this!

  35. Karla says:

    Oh, this looks good! I love apple season and can’t wait to make this. Happy Fall!

  36. Susan says:

    I’m ready to board the apple train too! Apples fresh picked in the morning from the farmers’ market stash ready to roll. This looks wonderful, Joanne!

  37. Lisa says:

    Just in time for apple season. I don’t make cake all that often, but bundt cakes are a weakness, I will admit. Another recipe of yours printed off to try.

  38. elly says:

    I was just looking for apple butter at Trader Joe’s and they didn’t have any (I did pick up the pumpkin butter but, like you, haven’t been able to use it…yet). I’m not sure why I’ve passed by this recipe in the book. Clearly it’s a winner. And a good choice for my health.

  39. Love that glaze drizzle. Bring on the apples!

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