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A recipe for buttery cake full of fresh apples and cinnamon, finished off with a touch of honey.

Apple Cinnamon Cake

This apple cinnamon cake is fresh apples coated in cinnamon sugar then baked into a buttery vanilla cake base. A delicious fall treat that's perfect as is or served with a scoop of ice cream on top.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 12 squares
Calories 147kcal
Author Sara Welch


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar divided use
  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten
  • 8 tablespoons of unsalted butter 1 stick, melted
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 3 to 4 tart apples such as granny smith
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • cooking spray
  • whipped cream or ice cream for serving if desired


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Coat an 8-inch square pan with cooking spray and line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, 1 cup sugar and salt. Stir in the eggs, butter and vanilla. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan.
  • Squeeze lemon juice into a medium bowl. Peel, core, and thinly slice the apples into the bowl. Add the cinnamon and sugar and toss to thoroughly coat each apple slice. Arrange the apple slices on top of the batter in overlapping rows, pressing lightly into the batter. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until a cake tester or toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 to 15 minutes. Brush the top of the cake with the honey. Cut into squares and serve with whipped cream or ice cream if desired.



Little Helpers: Let the kids toss the apples in the cinnamon and sugar and arrange the apples on top of the cake.


Calories: 147kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 271mg | Potassium: 82mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 295IU | Vitamin C: 2.1mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 0.7mg