apple cranberry bundt cake

Saturday, November 9, 2013 |
I love pie.  I love apple pie.  I love eating it for every meal (thank goodness this only happens over Thanksgiving, or I would have to kiss a balanced diet goodbye!).  What I do not love?  The TIME it takes to make a pie.  I was feeling lazy (as usual), and wondering how I was going to use up the apples I picked when I went out to an orchard 2 weeks ago… and I turned to the internet.  This recipe was originally a loaf.  I turned it into a Bundt loaf?  But that sounds weird, so I’m calling it cake.  It has icing, after all!

Apple Cranberry Bundt Cake (modified from a Taste of Home recipe)


2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
4 eggs
1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
3 cups chopped, peeled tart apples (in 1/2 inch chunks)
1 1/2 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
3/4 cup chopped walnuts


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Coat a Bundt pan thoroughly with cooking spray and set aside.

In a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda and salt.  In a small bowl, whisk eggs and oil together until combined. Stir eggs and oil into the dry ingredients just until moistened (batter will be very thick & heavy). Fold in apples, cranberries and walnuts.

Transfer batter to the prepared Bundt pan and press down into the mold. Bake for 60-65 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in cake comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.  

Top with a glaze if desired (I used the same one from the Nutmeg Buttermilk Coookies last week, but with cinnamon instead of nutmeg). 

Note: The dough is very sticky and heavy, and it required 2 utensils to maneuver into the baking pan.  That said, it baked up very nicely and meshes well with the cranberry and apple.  So don’t be discouraged by how heavy it is.  It’ll turn out!

Recommended for: a great way to use up your leftover apples and cranberries, as a delicious and colorful addition to afternoon tea, and as a not-too-sweet fruity dessert for your fall feast.

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Tales of Whimsy said...

Oh it's beautiful!

Joy Weese Moll (@joyweesemoll) said...

I love how the cranberries look in that. Like little jewels!

Laurie C said...

I like the idea of adding cranberries in! I've been making apple cakes all fall, and will add this to my list! So far my favorite is from King Arthur Flour, called Old-Fashioned Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting. The frosting is like spreading a layer of penuche (fudge) onto the cake. Great for frosting lovers!

(Diane) bookchickdi said...

Your bread looks so delicious, what a great way to use your apples.

Sue Jackson said...

Mmmm...that looks delicious, especially with the glaze. Perfect for fall! I will have to try this - thanks!


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Anonymous said...

I love apple cakes and apple and cranberry is a great flavor combination.

Heather said...

apples and cranberries are wonderful combination. now you have me wanting some apple pie.

Liviania said...

I definitely approve of turning break into cake!

Beth F said...

Oh man does that cake say fall! I love the way it looks and I bet it tastes amazing.

I was out of town until today, which is why I couldn't comment over the weekend.

Silvia Ami said...

I'm going to bake it ASAP :)

Silvia Ami said...

I'm going to bake it ASAP :)

Leslie @ This is the Refrain said...

This sounds so good! I bought some cranberries to make fruit leather, but I haven't had the energy to put it together yet. This might be a better way to use up some of the cranberries that I can share with work!

Lynn Sisson said...

picked apples and cranberries this fall, Great way to use both for my post Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow.

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