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Apple cinnamon bundt cake, rose bundt pan

Want a warm and cozy Fall dessert? Then look no further than this apple and cinnamon coffee cake recipe (made with buttermilk or kefir) that I recently discovered on Martha Stewart’s site. This easy-to-make recipe makes abundant use of Fall’s fresh sweet (and tart) fruits and flavors, without overwhelming them with too many other flavors. What you get with this recipe is a cozy Fall treat, and all you’ll want to do after you bake this is to cuddle up on a couch, pour yourself some tea or coffee, and enjoy this simple cake in a good company of friends. I’ve made a few changes to the original Martha Stewart’s recipe, by adding buttermilk to the ingredient list, reducing number of eggs to 3 (from 4), reducing number of apples (6 seemed way too much, so I reduced that to 4). I also did not use the cake glaze (or frosting), because I wanted just good old comfort of the apples and cinnamon.

Apple cinnamon bundt cake, rose bundt pan

But, before I start describing this recipe, I want to mention that November will be a very special month for me. I’ve signed up for NaBloPoMo, which means that I will be blogging every single day for a whole month of November, starting today! AS of today, November 1, there are over 500 blogs signed up for this event – check out November NaBloPoMo Blogroll here. Although NaBloPoMo runs every month, November has always been a special month, when a lot of bloggers sign up and there are prizes for some of those who blog daily.

To me, it will mean, above all, better time management skills. With a full-time job, holidays coming up, and other every day stuff (like working out at the gym, cooking, taking care of the dogs, house, etc.), I will have to get really well organized to produce quality posts every day. It means I will have to spend less time lurking around other blogs or browsing sites like FoodGawker, TasteSpotting, and Pinterest.

I am also planning to diversify the types of posts on this blog. Although this blog is primarily about food, I will start writing more about my photography, my dogs, maybe blogging itself. But majority of my posts will remain food and recipe related. I am very excited about this project, and look forward to writing lots of fun posts about recipes and other stuff from my life, usually illustrated with a photograph.

And now, without further due, here goes my first post for NaBloPoMo – an Apple-cinnamon rose bundt coffee cake, made with buttermilk (or kefir).

Apple cinnamon bundt cake, rose bundt pan

Apple cinnamon bundt cake

Apple Cinnamon Buttermilk Cake

This recipe is adapted from Martha Stewart

Prep time: 30 min
Bake time: 1 hr


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup well-shaken buttermilk or kefir
  • 3 or 4 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and sliced 1/4 inch thick

1) Preheat oven to 350.

2) In a medium bowl, mix flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, baking soda and combine thoroughly.

3) In a separate large bowl, add together the melted butter, brown sugar, eggs, and buttermilk (or kefir). Using mixer, combine these ingredients until well-incorporated.

4) Gradually add flour mixture into the butter-sugar-egg-buttermilk mixture, whisking until all ingredients are well combined. Make sure to not overmix.

5) Using spatula, fold sliced apples into the cake batter.

6) Spray your cake pan with a Baking Spray with Flour (which works great for bundt pans). Because I was using rose bundt pan, I had to make extra sure that all of the pan got sprayed. Pour batter gently into prepared pan.

7) Bake for about 1 hour until the toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Mid-time through the baking, turn the pan around in the oven for even baking.

8) Let the pan cool off on wire rack for about 40 minutes, then invert the bundt pan to release the cake. If you ever have trouble releasing a cake from a bundt pan, I have a method that worked for me each time, which I describe at the end of this Chocolate Bundt cake recipe.

And here are the photos to illustrate this recipe:

bundt pan

Rose-shaped Bundt pan

chopping apples

Slicing apples

beating the dough

Brown sugar, flour, buttermilk (or kefir), cinnamon, butter, eggs – all mixed together, before dry ingredients are added

adding flour

Adding flour to brown sugar-buttermilk-butter-eggs mixture – adding dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mixing together

mixing apples in the dough

Folding apples into the batter

combining dough with apples

Use spatula to gently fold apples into the dough

spraying bundt pan with Baker's spray

Spray bundt pan with Baker’s spray

pouring dough into bundt pan

Fill bundt pan with the apple-cinnamon batter

it's baked!

It’s baked, finally!

cooling off 1

Nicely browned, golden crust. Yum!

apple bundt cake still in the pan

This is to give you another view of rose-shaped Bundt pan. It’s a beauty, isn’t it?

apple bundt cake out of the bundt pan!

Apple bundt cake is out of the bundt pan!

apple bundt

It’s time to have a first bite!

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  • Jenn November 1, 2012, 6:24 am

    Hello– I’m here from NaBloPoMo and I have to say, I’m starting off this day pretty hungry after reading this post. I love that you’ve detailed this recipe with pics!! I’m thinking I could put that bag of apples together I bought yesterday!!

    Thank you for sharing!!

    Cheers, Jenn

    • Julia November 1, 2012, 11:57 am

      Thanks for visiting! I just visited you back and love your site! I think NaBloPoMo will be fun!

  • Kim November 1, 2012, 12:57 pm

    Hi Julia. I came right over to check out your site and I can see from the get go that my waistline is in trouble. This cake looks amazing. Sounds like it might even be good Saturday morning cake served with coffee. Yum!

    • Julia November 1, 2012, 1:10 pm

      Thank you!

  • Melanie November 1, 2012, 1:42 pm

    I looooove your finished cake photos – I have to try this recipe now! Looking forward to your doggy photos too. Happy NaBloPoMo!

    • Julia November 1, 2012, 4:32 pm

      Thanks for visiting!

  • Holly | Beyond Kimchee November 1, 2012, 4:41 pm

    Wow, Julia! your apple cake is stunning! I love all kinds of bundt pan and your apple cake seems fitting just right to the rose design. Good luck with blogging every day. That sounds quite a task. I don’t know if I can ever manage my time to blog everyday but it will be a fun self-determination experience. Have a fun!

    • Julia November 1, 2012, 6:45 pm

      Thank you! I am in love with bundt pans, too! And yes, blogging every day will be a challenge, but NaBloPoMo in November month, in particular, seems such a huge event, I didn’t want to miss it, even though I would rather blog every day in January or February. 🙂

  • sara November 1, 2012, 9:24 pm

    Lovely! This looks really delicious, yum! Just got a new bundt pan, will have to try this!

    • Julia November 1, 2012, 10:24 pm

      Thanks! And yes, use that bundt pan! 🙂

  • odile November 2, 2012, 1:55 am

    love this recipe!!!

  • Laura Dembowski November 4, 2012, 1:13 pm

    Love apple bundt cakes, especially this time of year. That pan makes a beautiful cake for sure.

    • Julia November 4, 2012, 2:21 pm

      Thanks for visiting. Bundt pans are fun: so easy to use and they make the simplest of the cakes look impressive.

  • Raquel Boyes November 5, 2012, 6:11 am

    Beautiful cake! And good luck with NaBloPoMo!

    • Julia November 5, 2012, 11:38 am

      Thank you, Raquel.

  • Broma Bakery November 7, 2012, 6:58 am


  • Ellen Huynh November 11, 2012, 8:36 pm

    I made this tonight! Substituted 3/4 c of applesauce for 3/4 c of butter and it’s sooo delicious and moist. And it came out of the bundt pan beautifully. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Brandie November 12, 2012, 12:28 am

    Looks delish!

  • Monica June 12, 2013, 3:53 pm

    I love your rose bundt pan so much! It’s so beautiful, and the cinnamon apple sounds delicious (:

  • lindsey May 29, 2014, 10:16 pm

    I love this apple cinnamon recipe. This may be a dumb question but after this cake is done can I leave it out on the counter in a covered cake plate or does it have to be refrigerated because of the apples?

  • grandma g September 5, 2014, 11:03 am

    Am I missing the print button? Would love to print this up and make it for Sunday. Thanks.

    • Julia September 30, 2014, 3:09 pm

      There is a print button at the bottom of the post – along with all the sharing buttons.

  • jess September 28, 2014, 11:14 pm

    Made this yesterday with fresh picked apples. Couldn’t be easier and was a delicious brunch cake. Thanks!

    • Julia September 30, 2014, 3:08 pm

      Jess, I am glad you liked the cake! Love fresh picked apples – they don’t have that industrial was on them!

  • jolou September 25, 2016, 6:53 pm

    Made this yesterday and it is wonderful, very moist. I did not have granny smith apples so I used McIntosh, grated 3. Because this was the first time using my new rose bundt pan I followed your fool proof method to released the cake from the pan and it worked so well. Thank you so much Julia.

  • Hillary November 16, 2016, 10:14 pm

    I’ve made this recipe at least three times. Every single time, I received 5 star reviews. Thank you for this adaptation. I’m curious as to how it tastes with the additional egg and 2 apples.

    • Julia December 20, 2016, 5:01 pm

      Thank you Hillary for stopping by and leaving a comment! So glad you liked this recipe!

  • Robert O'Neil October 6, 2017, 6:58 am

    Hi. I don’t have a bundt pan. I can cook it in a flat pan too, right ???? Thanks

  • Robert O'Neil October 14, 2017, 5:46 pm

    I made it as a sheet cake, used half the butter, substituted half with applesauce. Cooked for 50 mins. Turned out G R E A T !!!!!!

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