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Apple Fritter Cake and UFOs

Dang, was this recipe was an evolution!  I just set out to adapt a recipe that used cake mix but make it without cake mix.  I did it, the cake part itself turned out great!  I was really proud of myself but overall I thought the cake was too sweet.  However, I loved the glaze on it!  It was just like a donut glaze, and since the overall effect of the cake was that of a coffee cake and I had just bought a butt load (yes, I said butt load) of apples, I thought I’d make an Apple Fritter Cake!  Also, because I wanted to cut down on the overall sugar content I changed my base recipe and decided to start my adaption from my all time fave Joy the Baker.  She has this awesome Strawberry Coffee Cake that is a big hit in this house.  It is one of my husband’s favorites, so I know it is good.

The tart apples cut the sweetness a bit.  Cinnamon just makes it better.  It really tastes like an apple fritter!

Before we get into anything else, is anyone else completely overwhelmed by the season yet?  Not just the holidays necessarily but for my kids the end of soccer season and the beginning of performance team is coming up.  The end of the year party and playoffs are stuck into the days that the girls don’t have practice or dance.  O yeah, dance.  My girls love to perform so I sign them up to be on performance team where they go to local festivities and dance.  We have those coming up.  There are two parades they are in starting today.  Plus Angela insisted on trying to make a classmates birthday party right after the parade…we’ll see.  Man o man, it is all coming up: Thanksgiving, a birthday party for three family members at once a few days later, three dance performances, two days of playoffs, dance Christmas show and party, soccer party, school parties, Christmas, Robert’s third birthday, then New Year’s, then vacation (which is never vacation for a mom, right?).  I just need to breathe and make lists and I should be OK but I need to keep remembering that!  Breathe and make lists!  Breathe and make lists!  Seriously, just listing everything coming up has made me feel better, thanks!

My GeekyLink for this week is something I discovered last week but had to wait because The Hunger Games trailer was released before I could share it with you. Army vs. UFO (1942; Los Angeles), I had never heard about this.  Now I don’t even remember how I came across it but I found it completely intriguing especially growing up in Southern California and being a longtime lover and follower of UFO lore.  Eyewitness to History is one of the links under the video and I really liked it because it sets the stage for the things that went on during that time.  Air raid drills and blackouts and anti-aircraft target practice late into the night set the stage during a World War II era UFO sighting that was either nothing that went way too far or something that just gave up after us firing at it for two hours.  Anyways, I thought it was pretty cool.

Apple Fritter Cake

inspired by Serve at Once and Joy the Baker


For Filling:

1 heaping cup of sliced apples (I cored and quartered and then sliced)

1/3 cup sugar

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

small pinch freshly grated nutmeg

2 tablespoons cornstarch

2 teaspoons water


1/2 cup brown sugar (I used a 1/4 cup each of dark and light)

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

For Cake:

1/3 cup butter

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup applesauce

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 eggs

2 1/4 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 cup greek yogurt (you could use plain yogurt as well or sour cream)

For Glaze:

2 cups powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

6 tablespoons milk


For filling:  Make your filling by combining apples, sugar, water, cinnamon and cornstarch in a small saucepan.  Cook on low heat for 5 to 7 minutes, stirring constantly until the sauce is thickend and the apples are a bit soft.  Set aside to cool.  In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar and cinnamon together until well combined and set aside.

For Cake:  Preheat oven to 350°.  Grease and flour a 9×13 baking dish.  Set aside.

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.  Add applesauce and vanilla and mix till combined.  Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Sift the dry ingredients together.  Add the dry ingredients to the batter in three parts alternating with the yogurt in two parts, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients.  Beat until just combined.

Spoon half of the batter into the prepared pan.  Spoon the cooled apple mixture over the batter carefully and spread as evenly as possible.  Sprinkle 2/3 of brown sugar cinnamon mixture over apples and cover with the rest of the batter.  Sprinkle the rest of the brown sugar cinnamon mixture over the top.

Bake for 45-55 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.

For Glaze:  While the cake is baking, make the glaze.  In a bowl, mix the powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk until the glaze is desired consistency.  When the cake comes out of the oven, immediately but carefully pour onto hot cake.  Try to pour as evenly as possible.  You might have to pick up the cake and tilt it to spread the glaze evenly.  I even poured some out that pooled at the corners and repoured that over the top.  Let the cake sit for awhile for the glaze to set.

Dig in!

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  2. Linda Rondquist

    I wish I had read the comments before making this…it was good but needed more apples and cinnamon and less icing…good though…thanks.

  3. Oh my stars! I pinned this forever ago and got around to making it today. AMAZING! A couple of things…I didn’t have fresh nutmeg so I used 1/8 tsp ground. Subbed in reduced fat sour cream for the yogurt since that’s what I had on hand. Like many others, I think next time I will increase the apples by 50% if not double. Lastly, mine was fully cooked after 25 minutes, so I’d encourage folks to watch it carefully. Thank you so much for this fabulous recipe! My family of 5 LOVED it!

  4. lovesbakingwithdaughter

    I made this cake today for a cook out I had. I was kinda sad because it was a very dense cake and not so like the picture looked. Maybe I skipped something because I was letting my 7 yr old daughter help me make it.

  5. It was definately a hit at our place. YUMMM………….

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  8. This looks so delicious, but I’ve never been a fan of powdered sugar glaze. Is there anything else you can recommend pouring on top?

    • I really don’t think so. I can’t think of anything else that will seep into parts of the cake while also having the glaze harden on top. I am also not sure what else would make it apple frittery besides a powdered sugar glaze. If you find anything else, let me know!

  9. Yummers! Apple fritters are my favorite so I had to try this recipe. About 20 minutes after it was done, I ended up eating two big slices (shame!). I think next time I will add more apple and actually mix it in the batter.

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  11. Found this on Pinterest yesterday and had to make this morning. Holy balls, woman. My apartment smells DELICIOUS! I think I’ll have a very happy husband when he comes home from work 🙂

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  13. Stephanie Treece

    Can I use cake mix? If so what kind?

    • I wouldn’t if I were going by this recipe. I’d just add an apple filling to the one recipe I adapted from that uses cake mix. I think it’s yellow cake mix but click the link in the blog post to be sure.

  14. apple fritter cake.. great

  15. I love apple fritters, but the who wants to stand over a pan of frying oil; this is waaay easier. Great job!

  16. Can u make this 2 days ahead of eating? Will it dry out?

    • I don’t think so. If I remember correctly, it got better after sitting out. If you are worried I suggest baking it as is covering it and then waiting to glaze it till just before serving.

  17. I made this with 1 1/2 cup apples and thought it should still have more. Also it didn’t look as moist as the photo. Still it was good

  18. In the oven now. Is the batter supposed to be soo thick or did I do something wrong? HOUSE SMELLS AMAZING!!!

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  20. This is an amazing cake! I used 2 Granny Smith apples and a few extra pinches of cinnamon. Reminds me of the apple fritters I had as a child. Thanks for sharing!

  21. Made this for Thanksgiving dessert. Used splenda and almond flour. Served with no sugar added vanilla ice cream. Was amazing.

  22. Reblogged this on Life With Meghan and commented:
    It looks like we are adding this to our meal plan for the week. So excited!

  23. This just came out of the oven and I put the glaze on and could only wait a few minutes – ridiculously good!!! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  24. More apples for sure next time around. I used 2 cups today would do 3 if not 4 cups.
    I would cut down the brown sugar topping and just add to top – a little 2 sweet
    And a little less glaze.
    Will definitely make again.

  25. Is the flour self raising or plain?? X

  26. Made this cake last week for my family. I cut down on the icing recipe back by a 1/4th. It was really good! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

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  28. mine is in the oven as we speak. i believe i will try it cupcake form next time. 🙂

  29. Found this recipe on Pinterest and it is nothing short of drool-worthy! Was just curious if anyone has made a gluten free adaptation. Thanks!

    • In so far as responses I’ve gotten or seen, I don’t think anyone has. I wouldn’t know where to begin but would love to see an adaptation if you’re game enough to try!

    • I just made this recipe gluten free tonight! I made a half version as an experiment. I used King Arthur’s Gluten Free All Purpose Flour instead of regular flour. I also added 2 cups of apples to the half recipe and I thought it could use a little more. It turned out great, but the cook time was literally half. It was done in 25 minutes.

  30. We used to get the best Apple Fritters in the grocery store in our former home town. The pic of this cake looked like it would come very close so I tried it today. It is awesome and certainly met my expectations. Next time I will add some additional apples and cut my slices a bit larger. Too bad my husband is off hunting so he will not be able to try them out! I am taking them to a meeting tonight so I don’t eat them all! Thanks for the great recipe.

  31. I just made this, and I just know its going to taste soooo yummy. Thanks for sharing this with us 🙂

  32. can I use canned apples?

  33. Just made this and oh my goodness!!! Thank you for sharing it is so incredibly moist and delicious, it’s worth the effort! I think the only thing I’ll change is maybe using a cup and a half of apples. My house smells wonderful!

  34. where is the recipe?? it said it followed but nothing was there?

  35. Has anyone tried the glaze with water instead of milk?

  36. This looks great! I’ll have to add it to my list of stuff I want to make 🙂

  37. Okay so, I am obsessed with apple fritter doughnuts! This looks so amazingly good – I will be trying it today or tomorrow. I pinned & shared on fb. I can’t wait to try it! Have a wonderful week 🙂

  38. I cannot wait to try it! Thanks so much for sharing.

  39. But i would have no problem getting people to an early morning meeting with this!!

  40. I found your recipe on the Cookies and Cups blog and immediately knew I had to make it. I too found myself in a situation of having a butt load of apples. I made applesauce, fried apples, and your beautiful cake. Apple fritters are always my first pick at donut shops. I wanted to make it pretty to take to work so I baked it in a Bundt pan. I mixed up the topping though and forgot to add it to the bottom of my Bundt pan first though. Oh well… My apartment smelled A-M-A-Z-I-N-G while it cooked! It took 55 minutes to bake. Thanks for the new recipe!

  41. I made this today and it was delicious!!! Especially warm with a couple scoops of vanilla ice cream!!!!

  42. Made this last night…..yummo…..of course, I can never leave well enough alone, so I used a little more butter in the cake and a little butter in the filling…..just for that extra decadence. Brought it to work this morning and it disappeared in under 30 minutes!

  43. Made this yesterday. It is amazing! I froze half the cake, so I could share some with my mom when she comes to visit in a few weeks. (we’ll see how the freezing works out?) Thanks!

    • I am SO glad you liked it! It was one of those things that I adapted and I didn’t quite know what it was till it was done but boy was I pleased. Could you let me know how the freezing works out?

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  45. This looks absolutely delicious. My mouth is watering. I love “Hunger Games” too and can’t wait to see the movie!

  46. hhmmm….’The Hubs’ loves apple fritters, I may have to make this for him… 😉

  47. Looks delicious! Sounds a little bit familiar. 😉

  48. This looks really good! I love apple fritters, so this would be a perfect cake to try!
    Thanks for sharing!

  49. Cake sounds and looks delicious, but UFO reference is tops…


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