Apple Cake with Honey Glaze

by aimee @ shugarysweets on August 3, 2013

Delicious and moist, this cake is filled with apples, cinnamon and nuts! It’s a great addition to any brunch, or just enjoy with a cup of coffee on Saturday morning!

Uncle Bob's Apple Cake recipe: delicious and perfect for any brunch or breakfast!

I’m obsessed with apples. I could add apples to every dessert and be happy.

Which is why when we moved into our current house we planted two apple trees. One red delicious, one granny smith.

For several years they would produce apples, only to be eaten by bugs. It was quite sad. I have a gorgeous strawberry patch growing under the apple trees, so any kind of pesticide would harm the strawberries. Plus, I don’t really want to put pesticide or other treatments on my apples. My thought was as the trees grew, the apples would get bigger and bug free.

Guess what?! This year, our apple trees were loaded with apples. Aren’t they gorgeous. Most of them were bug free.

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Did you catch that. WERE. “Were” loaded. “Were” bug free.

Yep, a big storm busted through our neighborhood and the gorgeous apple trees were uprooted. We tried to save this one, but no luck. If you follow me on instagram, you may have already seen this damage!!

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So, I did what any gardener would do. I went to the store and bought apples. Crunch Pak apples to be exact.

Uncle Bob's Apple Cake recipe: delicious and perfect for any brunch or breakfast!

I have been wanting to make this “Uncle Bob’s Fresh Apple Cake” for so long! I took a quick step by using Crunch Pak apples that are already sliced. I diced them up with the skin on and tossed them in the batter.

Then I made a big pot of coffee and proceeded to cry while eating this cake.

The end.

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Apple Cake with Honey Glaze

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: serves 8-10

Ingredients

    For the Cake:
  • 3 cups diced apples (I used Cruncpak, with peel still on)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups canola oil
  • 3 eggs
  • For the Glaze:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp milk

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, mix together the apples, walnuts, vanilla, and cinnamon. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  2. Using an electric mixer beat the sugar, oil, and eggs in a large bowl. Add in the dry ingredients and beat until completely combined. Fold in the apple mixture.
  3. Scrape the batter into a lightly greased Bundt pan or tube pan.Bake in a 325 degree F oven for 1 hour and 30 minutes or until a tester inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean (for dark pans it may be a little shorter).
  4. Allow the cake to fully cool in the pan, about 1 hour, and then turn it out onto a plate.
  5. For the glaze, add all the ingredients to a small bowl and whisk until smooth. Drizzle over cooled cake.
  6. Store covered cake in refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  7. Drizzle the apple cake with some of the honey glaze, serve and enjoy!

Notes

**Recipe adapted from Paula Deen

http://www.shugarysweets.com/2013/08/apple-cake-with-honey-glaze

Apples for breakfast is always a good option! These Apple Spice Muffins with Caramel Glaze are a huge hit in my family!

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Caramel Apple Cinnamon Roll cake is another great breakfast idea! It makes two cakes, freeze one for later!!!

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Apple Pie Doughnuts. Eat them for breakfast, or serve them as individual apple pies for dessert! DELISH!

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Looking for more Apple Recipes? Check out my Applicious Pinterest Board for more ideas!

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Averie @ Averie Cooks August 3, 2013 at 7:17 pm

What a gorgeous cake and I remember your Apple Week from last fall like it was yesterday. Is it already getting to be that time of year?! Wow. Time flies!
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Mary. August 3, 2013 at 7:57 pm

If apples are not Available, can I use canned apples, apple pie filling, or apple sauce? Also can I use a square cake pan, in place of a bundt pan?

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Abbie August 3, 2013 at 8:07 pm

Oh my goodness! I’m so sorry to hear about your poor apple trees! :( That is such a travesty. We planted two little apples trees on our property several years ago, and they’ve never done very well. They’re just tiny little things, but I do hope that one day we’ll get some fruit off them. :)
This cake looks so yummy! and that drippy white glaze is gorgeous! <3
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Gloria @ Simply Gloria August 3, 2013 at 8:28 pm

That is always so sad when a storm takes down any tree. I actually had my apple tree skip last year of producing apples. I’m excited for this fall to have some delicious apples for special treats. This recipe is definitely special…I love all of the cinnamon!
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aimee @ shugarysweets August 4, 2013 at 9:21 am

I’m so jealous, but I can’t wait to see what you create!!

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Eva @ Eva Bakes August 3, 2013 at 9:03 pm

I am dying for a slice of this apple cake! Looks awesome, Aimee!
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Jocelyn @BruCrew Life August 3, 2013 at 9:45 pm

What an absolutely delicious looking cake! I think you need to make another one, so I can come over for coffee and taste testing :-)
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Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen August 3, 2013 at 11:01 pm

Beautiful apple cake, girl! I have been wanting to make Paula’s apple cake, too. But, so sorry to hear about your uprooted apple tree. So sad! Pinned to several group boards at Pinterest! xo
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Marcie August 4, 2013 at 1:04 am

I love apples, too. One day, maybe I’ll have apple trees! I love baking with them, and this apple cake looks and sounds delicious! As much as I will miss summer, I’m ready for fall. More apples!

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Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen August 4, 2013 at 1:17 am

Oh your poor tree, how sad!! These cake looks gorgeous, love how moist apple cakes always are!! (Well, most of the time ;) )
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Anne ~ Uni Homemaker August 4, 2013 at 2:05 am

Awww… I’m sorry about your apple tree. However, this apple cake sounds and looks delicious. I can’t wait to try it! Thanks for the recipe Aimee.
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Mimi @ Culinary Couture August 4, 2013 at 3:36 am

I feel the exact same way about apples. I’m so sorry about your trees! I guess the good news is you still got to enjoy this dessert? :)

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aimee @ shugarysweets August 4, 2013 at 9:20 am

Good news indeed :)

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ThisBakerGirlBlogs August 4, 2013 at 5:45 am

Mmm looks delicious!! We had an apple tree, too, but it didn’t last long. Now we’ve got an apricot and a pear. They didn’t yield much fruit this year but last year they were exploding with fruit that we even had people sneak into our front gardens and pick some off!!
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aimee @ shugarysweets August 4, 2013 at 9:19 am

I would love a pear tree and a peach tree. Maybe that’s what I’ll do…

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Emily @ Life on Food August 4, 2013 at 6:35 am

This is making me long for fall! Love apple cake and all the smalls that come with it.
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aimee @ shugarysweets August 4, 2013 at 9:19 am

Thanks Emily, my house did smell pretty amazing!

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Mary Frances @ The Sweet {Tooth} Life August 4, 2013 at 8:09 am

Oh no, that is horrible! I adore apples:) This cake looks so amazing and especially after all the zucchini recipes I’ve been making or the no bake cookies I’ve been “no baking” since it is so hot outside! Wow, gorgeous pics and amazing looking recipe. I want some so badly right now!
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aimee @ shugarysweets August 4, 2013 at 9:18 am

Thanks MaryFrances, it was quite horrible. But the cake made me feel a bit better. For now :)

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Laura@bakinginpyjamas August 4, 2013 at 1:18 pm

Yum, this cake looks delicious. Saving recipe for Autumn baking.
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Lori August 4, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Wonder how good it would be with peaches!?????

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aimee @ shugarysweets August 4, 2013 at 10:44 pm

I bet it would be Delish!
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Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet August 4, 2013 at 1:48 pm

This cake looks delicious! We planted two apple trees this year so we are hoping for something next year!
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Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent August 4, 2013 at 2:28 pm

I love the trees at our house. We had an empty lot when we started and have picked out each one individually. If anything happened to any of them I would feel like I lost part of the family.
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Veronica August 4, 2013 at 4:33 pm

Nooo! That is just heart breaking! I say cry a lot, then plant new ones b/c even though this is devastating, eventually the new ones will yield bug – free fruit too. So sad you have to wait but it will be worth it (again) in the end. This cake is the perfect consolation – it looks so comforting! OK so since you linked to that other lovely apple cake – the caramel apple coffee cake, and this one also reminds me of a breakfast-worthy treat…I just have to know which you like best. I have a hankering for apple cake and wonder which I should try first. This one is calling my name, despite the caramel in the other. :)
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aimee @ shugarysweets August 4, 2013 at 10:45 pm

The caramel glaze on the cakes is sooooo good. But this cake is chunky and amazing, tough call.
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Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste August 4, 2013 at 5:09 pm

This looks spectacular! Can’t wait to try it this fall!
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Sarah August 4, 2013 at 7:57 pm

I’m so glad that your apple tree worked out, and that cake looks delicious!
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Faith @ Pixie Dust Kitchen August 5, 2013 at 10:29 am

Awe, I’m so sorry to hear about your tree! At least you got some good apples from it while it was still alive!
This cake sounds incredible! I love apples and cinnamon, and cake just obviously makes it better!
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Jess August 5, 2013 at 4:14 pm

I always drool when I browse your blog! :) Pinned!!
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Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking August 5, 2013 at 6:14 pm

Oh wow, this cake looks irresistible! What a fun and delicious family recipe. Definitely not helping my intense cinnamon (and fall food in general) cravings lately, lol!
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Des August 5, 2013 at 9:05 pm

Oh no! Such a bummer about your trees :( This cake however, looks fantastic and I know it’s only the beginning of August but it makes me think (and get extremely excited for) Fall.
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Trish Butler August 6, 2013 at 12:45 am

I’m so sorry about your trees. To loose a tree of any kind is tragic, but a fruiting tree, thats a crying shame. I hope you will replace them. Can’t wait to try this recipe. Thank you for your time and talent.

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aimee @ shugarysweets August 6, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Thank you Trish for your sweet words!

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Eat Good 4 Life August 6, 2013 at 5:48 pm

Wow, What a delicious chunky cake, I would love a piece right not. Come fall I am making this for sure. Pinning :-)
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aimee @ shugarysweets August 6, 2013 at 9:20 pm

Thank you Miryam! I love fall recipes!

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Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats August 7, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Holy Freaking Amazingness! I could buy my head in this. Not a pretty picture but wow. I can’t wait for all the fall recipes!!!
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Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen August 7, 2013 at 1:48 pm

That is so heart breaking about your tree!!! However the Cake still looks amazing!
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Nutmeg Nanny August 10, 2013 at 10:50 pm

This cake looks so delightful! What wonderful flavors :)

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Melanie @ Just Some Salt and Pepper August 13, 2013 at 12:29 pm

I’m totally obsessed with apples. I have one AT LEAST once a day. This cake sounds DELICIOUS!
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Barbara August 24, 2013 at 11:26 pm

I want to make this for my church group next month. Do you think I could make this in a 9″x13″ pan? Should I decrease the cooking time?

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Ruth October 10, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Why are you using so much sugar?
3cups flour and 3 cups sugar in this recipe.
You tastvonly sugar. In Europe we use1/3 less sugar tast much better.
Not so sweet.
Sorry I had had to write this the picture looks great.
But I getcdisapointed with all that sugar. I think I going to try it with 1/3 less sugar.
You will hear from me how it tast.
Bye, bye,
Ruth

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Sandi October 20, 2013 at 4:56 am

Made this cake today. Absolutely delicious!!!! I used the dark bunt pan and it only took 1 hr 10 min at 160 fan forced oven.

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Bob Shu October 23, 2013 at 10:09 pm

Im really really sorry about your tree uncle bob, it was a nice tree and i loved it too. However I really need more of that yum yum cake for my tum tum cuz im really hungry and i love your cake so much please mail me a slice already i cant cook and i love your cakes please make more and mail a slice no a big cake to me please sorry bout your tree it was nice and tasty apples on it yum bye bye thanks i love you

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Lisa December 11, 2013 at 9:02 am

I actually pinned the Paula version of this cake and was going to make it but never did. I saw yours this morning on facebook and knew I had to make it. I have only red delicious apples at the moment, so I may have to just get over the fact they aren’t Granny Smith and use them. Also, I noticed from the original recipe you decreased the vanilla and cinnamon. Was that a personal preference?
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aimee @ shugarysweets December 13, 2013 at 7:17 am

It was just a personal preference. I made it the first time exactly like her version. The second time I tweaked it just a little bit.

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Pam in Cincinnati December 11, 2013 at 9:14 am

omg, i have to – HAVE TO – try this recipe. the one and only thing i can remember my paternal grandmother being able to do well was an apple bundt cake. unfortunately, the recipe was lost with the onset of dimentia (she began subbing apple sauce for the sliced apples since “they end up as mush anyway”) and her passing. i’ve been searching for a recipe that seemed similar to hers for ages and this one is the closest thing i’ve found. thank you!!!

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aimee @ shugarysweets December 13, 2013 at 7:17 am

Hi Pam,
I hope this comes close!!!

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Pat February 6, 2014 at 3:36 pm

This is a great cake recipe. Made one for guests after couple days had to make another one. Also baked one for one of the guest to take home. Making another one for ladies night out. It’s also a easy recipe. Did not do the glaze I forgot but I just said I saved a few calories:)

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stacia November 5, 2014 at 1:55 pm

Is the batter supposed to be thick like cookie dough?

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aimee @ shugarysweets November 5, 2014 at 6:33 pm

It is a very thick batter. I was a bit worried Paula Deen had her measurements wrong :)

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Chrissy November 9, 2014 at 4:26 pm

I made the glaze and it’s super thin compared to your picture. Did you make double the glaze for the picture or do something different? Any suggestions?

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aimee @ shugarysweets November 9, 2014 at 5:46 pm

Hmmm, not sure. You can add some extra sugar to thicken it up!

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Anastacia Anderson November 5, 2014 at 6:43 pm

I thought I had it wrong so I added a bit more oil and it came out fine. My husband told me that it was better than his grandmother’s recipe.

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Chrissy November 9, 2014 at 2:27 pm

I took the cake out at 1 hr 15 min and it was definitely done. I’m hoping it’s still moist. I use a gas oven but it sounds like everyone’s cake was done sooner. Can’t wait to try once cool!

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