Nothing bundt thankful for bundt cakes !! LOL, seriously I love easy cakes baked in a simple tube pan with a nice thick glaze drizzled on it. This granny smith apple bundt cake is simply everything fall crammed into one cake. In south Louisiana when we get our first cool front I want two things…Gumbo and this cake. I have the chicken and sausage gumbo simmering and this cake baking .. I can honestly say this is what heaven must smell like. The cake is tender on the inside with big chunks of apples in every bite. The spices are perfectly balanced with the citrus undertones and has a nice crunch from the pecans.This is an altered version of a cake I have been making for years and I have the recipe posted on Just a Pinch. https://www.justapinch.com/recipes/dessert/cake/granny-smith-apple-bundt-cake-3.html?r=8
Why did I alter a perfectly good recipe that has been pinched over 22,000 times you ask? I consider this one of my most controversial recipes I have ever posted on the recipe website Just a Pinch. How can a recipe cause that much drama? Wait for it……..2 whole cups of oil……apparently I committed some sort of baking felony. Feel free to read the 200 plus comments or I can just tell you, this really upset some people. Even though some bakers have said they cut the oil or added applesauce I decided to do both. To me the cake has a slightly different texture but equally delicious . My original recipe with the 2 cups of oil the outside of the cake is slightly crunchy with a sugary crust. This version the outside is just as moist and tender as the inside of the cake.
This bundt cake is really easy to throw together and is great for any occasion . I make it just because we love it and I eat it for a dessert, snack and even breakfast with coffee. I have also added this to my dessert table at Thanksgiving and Christmas for my guest that want a change from the pies.
This is super easy to throw together for a made from scratch cake. First start off by spraying your bundt pan with cooking spray with flour and preheat your oven to 350.
Then mix all of the dry ingredients and set aside.
Then mix sugar, eggs, oil, applesauce, vanilla , and juice from 1 orange. Save the peel for later you will need to zest it for the glaze.
Add the dry ingredients about a 1/2 cup at a time until blended well.
Peel , core and dice 3 granny smith apples and chop pecans
Fold the apples and pecans into the cake mixture
Pour into prepared pan and bake for 1 hour 15 minutes..I tested should come back clean
One the cake is baked allow it to cool for 10 minutes
Invert the cake onto a cake plate
Mix the glaze ingredients to desired consistency
Spoon onto cooled cake
Granny Smith Apple Bundt Cake
For the Cake
- 2 cups sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup applesauce
- 2 Teaspoons pure vanilla
- 1 medium orange juiced approx 1/4 cup
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 1 Teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 3 medium to large granny smith apples peeled cored and diced
- 1 cup pecans chopped
- 1 medium orange
For the Glaze
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tsp orange zest
- 1/4 teaspoon orange extract
- 2 Tablespoon milk
- Preheat oven to 350
- Spray Bundt pan with cooking spray with flour
- Mix dry ingredients ..flour, salt , baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside
- Mix sugar , eggs, oil, applesauce, orange juice and vanilla
- Once the wet ingredients are blended add the dry ingredients 1/2 cup at a time
- Fold in Apples and chopped pecans
- Pour into the prepared bundt pan
- Bake 1 hour and 15minutes
- Let cool 10 minutes and then invert onto a cake plate
- Let cool completely before glazing
- Mix glaze ingredients until the desired consistency
- Drizzle glaze over cake