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31 Apple Cake Recipes Perfect for Fall

Enjoy fall's favorite fruit in one of these amazing apple cake recipes. We have ideas for upside-down cake, German apple cake, cupcakes and more.

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German Apple Cake

My mother made this German apple cake for my brothers and me when we were kids. It’s an excellent choice for a Christmas potluck or actually any time of year. Edie DeSpain, Logan, Utah

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Apple Cinnamon CakeTaste of Home

Apple Cinnamon Cake

This apple cinnamon cake is equally good for breakfast or dessert, so be sure to not eat all of it after dinner! Easy to make, it's super moist on the inside and has a crispy, cinnamon-rich crunch on the outside. Marideane Maxwell, Albany, Georgia

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Apple Pie Cupcakes with Cinnamon ButtercreamTaste of Home

Apple Pie Cupcakes with Cinnamon Buttercream

These apple pie cupcakes are always a hit! They are so easy to make and the flavor just screams fall. Of course, they're just as delicious any time of year. Jennifer Stowell, Deep River, Iowa

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Dutch Apple CakeTaste of Home

Dutch Apple Cake

My husband and I came to Canada from Holland over 40 years ago This traditional Dutch recipe is a family favorite and has frequently gone along with me to potluck suppers and other get-togethers. Elizabeth Peters, Martintown, Ontario

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Apple Spice Cake with Brown Sugar FrostingTaste of Home

Apple Spice Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting

I am a healthy eater most of the time, but this apple spice cake is worth the splurge! Every year, I treasure the opportunity to make my own birthday cake, and I choose this. You can add a cup of raisins to the batter before baking if you'd like. Jennifer Owen, Louisville, Kentucky

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Apple Cranberry Upside-Down CakesTaste of Home

Apple Cranberry Upside-Down Cakes

Cornmeal gives this upside-down cake a unique texture. Apples, cranberries and pecan make a delicious alternative to the typical pineapple and cherries. Margee Berry, Trout Lake, Washington

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Apple Stack CakeTaste of Home

Apple Stack Cake

My mom loved to bake this sky-high apple stack cake. Layer the apple goodness two days before serving. Later, a dusting of confectioners' sugar is the only topping you'll need. LeVa Clement, Jackson, Missouri

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Slow-Cooker Apple Pudding CakeTaste of Home

Slow-Cooker Apple Pudding Cake

A satisfying dessert, pudding cake is a superb treat on a chilly night. It has three separate layersapples, cake and sauceand I like to serve it in a bowl. Ellen Schroeder, Reedsburg, Wisconsin

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Apple Coffee CakeTaste of Home

Apple Coffee Cake

Tart sour cream flavors this moist apple cinnamon coffee cake covered with brown sugar and crunchy nuts. The yield is two pans, so you can serve one and freeze the other for a busy morning or unexpected company. Dawn Fagerstrom, Warren, Minnesota

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Aunt Lou's Fresh Apple CakeTaste of Home

Aunt Lou's Fresh Apple Cake

My Great-Aunt Lou made a luscious fresh apple cake recipe that became a family tradition. My mom makes it for our annual beach trip to the Outer Banks. Cristy King, Scott Depot, West Virginia

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Cran-Apple Praline GingerbreadTaste of Home

Cran-Apple Praline Gingerbread

Start with a spice-rich batter poured atop apples and cranberries in a creamy caramel sauce, then invert when done baking for a topsy-turvy dessert thats a real beauty. The old-time holiday taste will delight family and friends! Jeanne Holt, Mendota Heights, Minnesota

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Apple Butter Cake RollTaste of Home

Apple Butter Cake Roll

This is a new take on a pumpkin roll. Her spicy gingerbread cake might make you think back fondly to Christmas at Grandma's! Debbie White, Williamson, West Virginia

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Apple Fritter CakeTaste of Home

Apple Fritter Cake

I was experimenting with a beer bread to make it into a dessert and came up with this delectable apple fritter cake. Ann Marie Eberhart, Gig Harbor, Washington

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Upside-Down Apple Cake with Butterscotch ToppingTaste of Home

Upside-Down Apple Cake with Butterscotch Topping

This cake is a favorite of mine. I love the smell of the apples and butterscotch as it is baking. It fills the house with a perfect autumn aroma. Sabrina Haught, Spencer, West Virginia

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Apple-Walnut Cake with Orange GlazeTaste of Home

Apple-Walnut Cake with Orange Glaze

I tinkered with a plain apple cake recipe to create this moist, delicious winner. The result: old-fashioned goodness with a heavenly aroma! This cake is the perfect fall treat or holiday dessert, but its also great as a special breakfast or brunch item. Lisa Speer, Palm Beach, Florida

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Sparkling Cider Pound CakeTaste of Home

Sparkling Cider Pound Cake

This pound cake is incredible and completely reminds me of fall with every bite. Using sparkling apple cider in the batter and the glaze gives it a delicious and unique flavor. I love everything about it! Nikki Barton, Providence, Utah

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Apple Gingerbread Skillet CakeTaste of Home

Apple Gingerbread Skillet Cake

This gingerbread recipe came from my grandmother, and we always ate it with warm applesauce. I adapted it into a one-pan dessert by layering the apples around the bottom of a cast-iron skillet and topping them with the gingerbread batter. The skillet creates a wonderfully thick crust on the gingerbread. Mary M. Leverette, Columbia, South Carolina

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Apple Pear CakeTaste of Home

Apple Pear Cake

When my sister Catherine made her apple cake for me, I knew I needed the recipe. When I made it, I added some pears from the trees on our acreage. The resulting apple pear cake is so moist and tastes so good. Now every time I make it, people want my recipe. Mary Ann Lees, Centreville, Alabama

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Butterscotch Apple CakeTaste of Home

Butterscotch Apple Cake

"My family often requests this easy old-fashioned cake for get-togethersespecially in the fall," writes Beth Struble from Bryan, Ohio.

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Apple-Pumpkin Upside-Down CakeTaste of Home

Apple-Pumpkin Upside-Down Cake

We love the combination of classic fall fruits in this cake. I bake the apples on the bottom to keep them plump and moist, then flip the cake so they're on top. This is best served warm with vanilla ice cream, but we enjoy digging in any time of day. Christina Yahraes, San Francisco, California

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Oma's Apfelkuchen (Grandma's Apple Cake)Taste of Home

Oma's Apfelkuchen (Grandma's Apple Cake)

My husbands German family calls this Omas apfelkuchen, which translates to "Grandmas apple cake." Theyve been sharing the recipe for more than 150 years. I use Granny Smith apples, but any variety works. Amy Kirchen, Loveland, Ohio

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Caramel Apple CupcakesTaste of Home

Caramel Apple Cupcakes

Take these extra special cupcakes to your next event and watch how quickly they disappear! With a caramel topping and spice cake base, they're the perfect mix of two fall-favorite treats. Diane Halferty, Corpus Christi, Texas

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Apple Pear Coffee CakeTaste of Home

Apple Pear Coffee Cake

A friend gave me this apple pear coffee cake recipe to make for a breakfast I was hosting. The pan was empty before the breakfast was over! It's one of my most-requested recipes, probably because it's a bit different. Joanne Hoschette, Paxton, Massachusetts

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Apple-Sweet Potato Pecan Dump CakeTaste of Home

Apple-Sweet Potato Pecan Dump Cake

This quick cake has lots of delicious apples, sweet potatoes, spices, pecans and caramel. My surprise of white cheddar cheese enhances the wonderful filling. Kathy Specht, Clinton, Montana

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Applesauce Spice CupcakesTaste of Home

Applesauce Spice Cupcakes

I began making these moist cupcakes in grade school and still bake them today. Edna Hoffman, Hebron, Indiana

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Old-Fashioned Stack CakesTaste of Home

Old-Fashioned Stack Cakes

My grandmother has always fixed these at Christmas and they are the first thing everyone asks about. "Where is the stack cake?" The super thin layers are what make this recipe stand out...delicious! Stephanie Gilbert, Whitesburg, Kentucky

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Chunky Apple-Cinnamon CakeTaste of Home

Chunky Apple-Cinnamon Cake

This a nice change from apple pie, and it's tasty and worthy of a special get-togetherplus, its very easy to make. Add a scoop of ice cream if you like. Ellen Ruzinsky, Yorktown Heights, NY

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Gran's Apple CakeTaste of Home

Gran's Apple Cake

My grandmother occasionally brought over this wonderful cake warm from the oven. The spicy apple flavor combined with the sweet cream cheese frosting made this dessert a treasured recipe. Even though I've lightened it up, it's still a family favorite. Lauris Conrad, Turlock, California

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Swedish Cream Apple RingsTaste of Home

Swedish Cream Apple Rings

My mother made this classic coffee cake for every important holiday... Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. Now, I carry on the tradition. As I make them, I remember my mom, who was a lot like this recipe: soft and tasteful but full of surprises. The overnight rise let's you make the dough in advance so your morning won't be hectic.Heather Hood, Hillsboro, Oregon

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Chunky Apple CakeTaste of Home

Chunky Apple Cake

After taste testing apple cake recipes, I've found this particular recipe the best. Full of old-world comfort, the yummy brown sugar sauce really makes the cake special. For a festive occasion, top with a dollop of whipped cream. Debi Benson, Bakersfield, California

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Spicy Applesauce CakeTaste of Home

Spicy Applesauce Cake

This picnic-perfect cake travels and slices very well. With chocolate chips, walnuts and raisins, it's a real crowd pleaser. Marian Platt, Sequim, Washington

Katie Bandurski
Katie is an Associate Editor for Taste of Home, specializing in writing and email newsletters. When she’s out of the office, you’ll find her exploring Wisconsin, trying out new vegetarian recipes and combing through antique shops.