Brown Sugar Apple Cinnamon Bundt Cake with Caramel Icing

Moist homemade apple cinnamon bundt cake, perfect for breakfast, snack or dessert.

Brown Sugar Apple Cinnamon Bundt Cake with Caramel Icing Recipe from

I started 30 Day Shred again. Yes, again. This is my second or maybe third time. I can’t really remember but at least second. Last time I started it, had ER visit (months and months ago… this was the ‘child sliced her finger while not waiting for help’ incident), got sick… likely from the ER because we all know how clean hospitals are and just totally lost momentum. Plus when I get a cold it seems to last forever. And by forever I mean easily 3+ weeks. You have the coughs and the sniffles then the omg I can’t even breath right.

So yeah… I started it up again. Finally. I hate the jumping jacks the most. It’s always been my most hated part about the first phase. I can’t explain it. They’re simple but I hate them. At least I know what’s coming though. I know what to expect. But here’s the thing. I’ve never made it beyond the first part. It’s not a quitter thing really, maybe slightly. But the unknown kind of scares me but hopefully when I make it through level one I’ll be ready to tackle level two. Someone give me hope and tell me it’s just different exercises and not necessarily harder. Believe me, I know I’m lying to myself when I think like that but a pat on the back would be nice. I think my shoulders are going to fall off right now.

Brown Sugar Apple Cinnamon Bundt Cake with Caramel Icing from

So instead of sharing a super delicious savory dish. I sat staring at these photos. Memories coming back to me of how insanely delicious this bundt cake was. I desperately want a giant slice of this right now. If only I had magical abilities or even Jeannie abilities. You know… Jeannie the genie. Yes, I watched that as a kid and kind of miss it. But anyway. I want to put my hands together and blink a slice before me. Or maybe twitch my nose only I could never make that happen. Could you? I’ll stick with Jeannie over Bewitched. Definitely easier.

This bundt cake… it’s amazing. Practically other worldly. It’s moist and incredibly flavorful. I highly recommend, no… I insist that you do not leave off the icing. You must make it. It adds that extra something special to an already perfect cake.

You know what the best part about this cake is, besides the apples of course? You can eat this for breakfast, snack or dessert. Or in my world… lunch or dinner, because let’s be real. Be sure to put this on your Mother’s Day menu, that special mom (mom, wife, gramma, neighbor, sister, daughter) in your life will love you for it.

Brown Sugar Apple Cinnamon Bundt Cake with Caramel Icing from

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Brown Sugar Apple Cinnamon Bundt Cake with Caramel Icing

Moist homemade apple cinnamon bundt cake, perfect for breakfast, snack or dessert.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Total Time1 hour
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cake
Servings: 8



  • 3/4 C light brown sugar
  • 1/4 C unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 C vanilla yogurt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 C all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 C apples peeled and chopped


  • 1 C powdered sugar
  • 1-2 Tbsp water
  • 1/2 tsp caramel extract


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease an 8-inch bundt pan. 
  • In a large bowl or stand mixer, cream together sugar, butter and yogurt until smooth. Add eggs and vanilla, mixing until just dispersed. Add in remaining dry ingredients, minus apples. Mixing until creamy. Finally mix in chopped apples.
  • Spread batter evenly in prepared bundt pan. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until golden brown and a cake tester inserted comes out clean.
  • Rest cake in pan for 2 minutes prior to inverting onto a parchment lined cooling rack or cake stand. Cool completely prior to slicing. Store in an airtight container.
  • Prepare the icing by mixing together powdered sugar, water and caramel extract until smooth and a thin consistency. Drizzle over cake prior to serving.


Measure your bundt pan before beginning. This recipe calls for an 8-inch or 6-cup capacity bundt pan.
An original recipe from Baked by Rachel
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53 Responses to “Brown Sugar Apple Cinnamon Bundt Cake with Caramel Icing”

  1. #
    Jen @JuanitasCocina — April 24, 2013 at 6:47 am

    I just sort feel that anything called “shred” must not be that fun. But this cake? Totally fun.

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      Rachel — April 24, 2013 at 8:21 am

      yes – they’re polar opposites :)

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    Tracey — April 24, 2013 at 8:04 am

    I hate the jumping jacks too! For what it’s worth, I actually like part 2 better than part 1 on 30 Day Shred. I just restarted Insanity so I feel your pain (literally) :)

    Anyway, loving this bundt! Such a delicious and irresistible flavor comb.

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      Rachel — April 24, 2013 at 8:21 am

      That is such good news. I’m holding you to that statement though. ;)

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    Megan @ megbakes — April 24, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Good luck with your shred. Also, I Dream of Jeannie was one of my favorite shows. I’m sure this cake is amazing.

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    Jamie | Thrifty Veggie Mama — April 24, 2013 at 8:32 am

    I agree with Tracey. I actually thought the 2nd level was easier than the first. I let my 6 year old convince me to try level 3 of the Ripped In 30. Not a good idea!

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      Rachel — April 24, 2013 at 8:49 am

      I’ll keep that in mind… no level 3 of ripped. :)

  5. #
    Rachel Cooks — April 24, 2013 at 8:33 am

    This looks so delicious! Love that you’re breaking out the apple recipes already–I wouldn’t expect anything less from you.

    I need to start the shred again. Sigh.

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      Rachel — April 24, 2013 at 8:50 am

      Apples are a year round thing here. ;) I try to restrain myself from going apple crazy on the blog year round but it’s hard.

  6. #
    Tieghan — April 24, 2013 at 8:37 am

    30 day shred! Yikes. That sound intense!
    Loving this recipe! I need to make more bunt cakes!

  7. #
    Leah | So, How's It Taste? — April 24, 2013 at 8:40 am

    At least you’ve attempted the shred! I’ve had the DVD for probably a year now and have never done it. Not even 5 seconds worth, ha ha! I’m hoping just by owning it that it magically puts me in shape. This cake sounds awesome. My mom made one kind of similar and it rocked! You can’t beat apple and caramel.

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      Rachel — April 24, 2013 at 8:52 am

      Ha! You should try it. It’s not really that scary but takes some getting use to.

  8. #
    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — April 24, 2013 at 8:43 am

    I promise levels 2 & 3 are really not that bad. A few years ago when I was a die hard Jillian fan, I stayed at level 1 forever too before finally getting the courage to move on. I ended up liking the other phases better in the end! I *think* the jumping jacks go away too as you move on. Can’t promise since it’s been over a year that I’ve done that dvd but I think so :)
    ps- apples are like my least favorite fruit and somehow you always get me craving them with your recipes. impressive!

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      Rachel — April 24, 2013 at 8:53 am

      Good to know! I hope you’re right that the jumping jacks go away. Fingers crossed anyway.
      Also… it’s a skill making you crave apples that you don’t really like ;)

  9. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — April 24, 2013 at 8:54 am

    I’ve actually heard that phase 2 is easier than 1! Some people start with phase 2.

  10. #
    Cassie | Bake Your Day — April 24, 2013 at 8:57 am

    I love this cake! And your motivation for Jillian…I don’t really have that going for me!

  11. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 24, 2013 at 9:26 am

    There’s a recipe for a Brown Sugar Bundt in a cookbook I have that I just came across (Again) yesterday. It was on my radar screen all fall and winter but fell off. It’s back on. Your cake is gorgeous!

  12. #
    Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste — April 24, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Oh my heavens! This looks incredible, and I’m all for cake for breakfast :)

  13. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — April 24, 2013 at 10:29 am

    I’m totally digging this cake! I need to do some sort of workout program.

  14. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — April 24, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Oh my goodness, I am practically dreaming about how good this would be for breakfast! Gorgeous photos, Rachel!

  15. #
    Mimi @ Culinary Couture — April 24, 2013 at 10:50 am

    As always, love your pictures :) I’m a fan of anything apple cinnamon so this will definitely be in my oven by this weekend!

  16. #
    Amy @Very Culinary — April 24, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Just beautiful.

  17. #
    Carla @ Carlas Confections — April 24, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Oooh I love apples baked into things. Yummmm! I have never done the 30-day shred, but it sounds like something I need to do. I think Ill go eat a bundt cake instead

  18. #
    Marie @ Little Kitchie — April 24, 2013 at 11:45 am

    WHY can I have an enormous slice of this right now?! Wah!

  19. #
    Anne @The Cooking Campaign — April 24, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Good luck with your “Shred”! I think this might be the next dessert I make, it looks amazing!

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      Rachel — April 24, 2013 at 7:57 pm

      Thank you, I hope you make it and enjoy it as much as I did! :)

  20. #
    steph@stephsbitebybite — April 24, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Oh that glaze pooling up on the plate just has my mouth watering. I would have no self control with this cake!

    • #
      Rachel — April 24, 2013 at 7:56 pm

      Believe me… there is no such thing as restraint when it comes to this cake.

  21. #
    Laura Dembowski — April 24, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Good luck on your diet! This cake looks fantastic!

  22. #
    Rachel @ Bakerita — April 24, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    This looks amazing!! I wish I had a slice of this to devour for lunch. Yum! Pinned :)

  23. #
    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — April 24, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    If the workout has the word shred in it, I stay far away..haha. I give you major brownie points for trying it though. This bundt cake looks like a little slice of heaven.

  24. #
    Lauren@ Climbing Grier Mountain — April 24, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Oh, the shred. Sigh. I wish swimsuit season would stay away for another couple of months. You go girl! Oh, and could you pass me a slice of this bundt cake? K. Thanks.

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      Rachel — April 24, 2013 at 7:55 pm

      You and me both! If we could have Fall temps forever – the ability to lightly bundle up, it’d be perfect. No need to “shred” for that! ;)

  25. #
    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — April 24, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    I would love a thick slice of this for breakfast tomorrow morning!

  26. #
    Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen — April 24, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Your cake looks and sounds amazing! I love the flavour combinations in this. Oh and I’ve started 30 day shred several times, but never quite managed to stick to it for 30 days!!

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      Rachel — April 24, 2013 at 7:52 pm

      Fingers crossed I make it to level 2 this time. ;)

  27. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — April 24, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    lol, so funny we’re talking about bundts right now in our conversation and i clicked onto this in my just made one! yay! more motivation for me to bake one tomorrow, huh? :)

  28. #
    Anne ~ Uni Homemaker — April 24, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    Wow, that looks amazing! Will be trying this for sure.

    • #
      Rachel — April 24, 2013 at 7:51 pm

      I hope you do!

  29. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — April 24, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    I love bundt cakes. And whenever I think of them, I think of My Big Fat Greek Wedding. “this cake has a hole in it!”

    • #
      Rachel — April 24, 2013 at 7:50 pm

      Clearly I need to re-watch that movie lol

  30. #
    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — April 24, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    I have that DVD, try level two I actually like some of the moves on that one better.

  31. #
    Gerry @ foodness gracious — April 24, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    This looks really reallllllly good! Super moist and all gooey…

  32. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — April 25, 2013 at 12:59 am

    This cake just screams comfort and it’s making yearn for fall already!

  33. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — April 25, 2013 at 8:18 am

    Ugh! I hate the Shred. It’s absolute torture to do the same workout so many days in a row! You should totally jump on the Turbofire wagon!

    I love bundt cakes so much. There really isn’t a prettier cake.

  34. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — April 25, 2013 at 8:57 am

    I love these flavors, Rachel! Honestly, all of my favorite desserts have apple in them: apple pie, upside down apple cake, apple crisp. LOVE apples. And the brown sugar, cinnamon, AND caramel? This is my kind of dessert!

  35. #
    natalie@thesweetslife — April 25, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    this sounds a lot like a cake a coworker brought to work and i practically begged for the recipe for!! yum!!

  36. #
    Liz — April 25, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    First off this cake looks amazing – going on my Pinterest board so I can make soon!

    Secondly – I made it through all of the Shred, simply because my co-workers and I had a challenge and nothing says motivation to me more than competition (and there was $$ involved.) Once you stick with it for awhile it gets easier, and the other levels, although challenging are do-able! And I really liked that the workouts were short so I could fit into my day, but also made me feel like I got in a good workout. Good luck!

  37. #
    Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen — April 26, 2013 at 1:27 am

    Apples and caramel are my favorite together! I bet this cake was to die- I wish we could both enjoy a nice chunk together!! Too bad it’s all gone :(

  38. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — April 26, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Oh yum! This cake looks heavenly :) such yummy flavors!

  39. #
    nicole @ I am a Honey Bee — May 2, 2013 at 8:08 am

    total yum!
    have you seen my big fat greek wedding? every time I hear Bundt or see a bundt cake recipe I think of that movie. “this cake has a whole in the middle…”

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    Leslie — September 27, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    I followed the recipe to the letter but my cake was only about one and a half inches high. Are you sure the measurements are correct? They seem too small!

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      Rachel — September 28, 2014 at 9:31 am

      As stated in the directions, this is for an 8-inch (6 cup) bundt pan. My guess is you used a larger 10-inch (12 cup) bundt pan, which would explain the issue you’re having.

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