Apple Bundt Cake with Praline Frosting

by Alli

‘Tis the season for apples! While everyone is going crazy over all things pumpkin, I’m over here enjoying Apple Bundt Cake with Praline Frosting. Apples are one of my favorite things about fall. Any way you slice it, I’m crazy for apples.

My husband took one bite of my Apple Bundt Cake with Praline Frosting and said it was the best dessert he's ever eaten. It's not overly sweet and is delicious with a cup of coffee or a glass of milk. It's my family's favorite fall dessert.

A few days ago, my newly-married daughter sent a text in our mother/daughter group (everyone has a text group with their kids, right?) announcing that she had made homemade apple butter and apple cider. I one-upped her when I told her I was serving Apple Bundt Cake with Praline Frosting for Sunday dessert. That was after I told her how proud I was of her.

Apple Bundt Cake

Apple Bundt Cake with Praline Frosting

I use a yellow cake mix to save time and I add a package of vanilla instant pudding, applesauce, eggs, water, oil, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, allspice, vanilla extract and 2 cups chopped Gala apples. Oh, and pecans – toasted pecans.

First, I toast the pecans. It only takes a few minutes and once you smell that heavenly smell, they are done.

While the pecans are cooling, mix together the cake mix, instant pudding, applesauce, water, and oil. Mix until well combined. Add the eggs, spices, and vanilla. Mix until combined.  Stir in the apples and chopped pecans.

Apple Bundt Cake

Helpful Hint:  If you use a mini bundt cake pan, the recipe makes 12 mini cakes.

Bake at 350º for an hour. Let cool completely before frosting.

Apple Bundt Cake

Apple Bundt Cake with Praline Frosting

Apple Bundt Cake with Praline Frosting

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Apple Bundt Cake is full of apples and topped with a delicious praline frosting.

Ingredients

  • 1 yellow cake mix
  • 3.4 oz. pack vanilla instant pudding
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (OR 1 tsp. each cinnamon, nutmeg and 1/2 tsp. allspice)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups chopped Gala apples
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • Praline Frosting
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350º
  2. In a baking pan, spread pecans in a single layer and toast for 6-8 minutes. Shake the pan a couple of times and watch carefully so that they don't burn.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine first 5 ingredients. Beat for one minute or until combined.
  4. Add eggs, spices and vanilla extract. Beat until combined.
  5. Stir in apples and toasted pecans. Pour batter into a greased and floured bundt pan. Bake at 350º for an hour. Let cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely.
  6.  Praline Frosting: Combine brown sugar, butter, and milk in a saucepan and cook on medium, whisking constantly. Bring to a boil and boil for one minute, whisking constantly.
  7. Remove from heat and add vanilla and the powdered sugar, a little at a time.
  8. Whisk until well combined.
  9. Pour immediately onto the cake. Garnish with toasted pecans, if desired.
  10. If the frosting gets too thick, add a dash of milk and whisk until desired consistency.
Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 478Total Fat 20gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 13gCholesterol 58mgSodium 414mgCarbohydrates 68gFiber 2gSugar 45gProtein 5g

Praline Frosting

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My Apple Bundt Cake with Praline Frosting is perfect for Sunday dinner, fall family reunions and when you’re entertaining guests.

My husband tasted my Apple Bundt Cake and said, “Now that’s a dessert! It’s great with coffee or milk. It reminds me of an apple crumb cake – not overly sweet and very moist, with a nice crunch.”

How do you like them apples? (southern speak)

Apple Bundt Cake with Praline Frosting

Are you as crazy about apples as I am?  I’ve got lots more apple recipes. 

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51 comments

Chris Lewis September 23, 2016 - 6:00 am

Those are SO cute and they look delicious too. I love your images and how this looks easy enough to make. Maybe I will add it to my list to make this weekend!

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Alli September 23, 2016 - 11:30 am

Thanks! They are delish!

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Zan September 23, 2016 - 7:09 am

I have to agree, it looks like ‘the dessert’ and makes me want to eat it for breakfast, too!! I just love how you added the vanilla and a bunch of stuff to a box cake to make it moist! My family is crazy about apples, too and can’t get enough of apple anything. This would be easy to try!!!

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Alli September 23, 2016 - 11:29 am

I always hold my breath as my taste tester (hubby) takes the first bite of a new recipe I’ve created. This one did not need the held breath at all. It was a winner with the entire family. There was not a crumb left. I could eat the praline frosting with a spoon.

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Heather @ Kraus House Mom September 23, 2016 - 7:11 am

I love the idea of mini cakes. That way there’s no fighting over who has a bigger piece. They look delicious.

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Alli September 23, 2016 - 11:27 am

My family loves having their own private dessert. Does that make them selfish? Hmm . . . 🙂

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Mitch September 23, 2016 - 8:19 am

Wow. You had me at praline. And I love apple cake, as long as their are no chunks, I need my cake fruit flavored, and fruit free at the same time. Praline frosting, yum, I might just make that part of the recipe for breakfast!

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Alli September 23, 2016 - 11:26 am

There are no chunks in this baby. The apple is chopped really fine and almost disappears as far as the texture goes.

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Shirley Wood September 23, 2016 - 9:01 am

You had me at ‘praline’, that’s the southern in me coming out! They look scrumptious! Sharing this recipe with Stacy 😉
Yes, we do have a mother-daughter group. We just switched from Voxer to Hangouts and we burn it up all day every day. I love it since neither of my children live in the same city as me.

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Alli September 23, 2016 - 11:25 am

We do love our praline everything, don’t we? We gave pralines from River City Sweets as favors at my daughter’s Charleston wedding. Everyone loved them!

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smiling notes September 23, 2016 - 9:55 am

Ooh they look so delicious!!

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Kristen from The Road to Domestication September 23, 2016 - 11:01 am

Those look delish! I had a bad experience with a bundt cake once…but maybe I would do better with the mini ones!

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Alli September 23, 2016 - 11:24 am

I think the secret is greasing the pan really well. I’ve never had trouble with bundt cakes, but I always hold my breath when I’m turning one out onto the baking rack. I always put the baking rack on top of the cake and press and flip. 🙂

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Jacqui - @TradesofJacqui September 23, 2016 - 11:02 am

Looks yummy! Question for you though. I use applesauce in place of oil when I bake. Since there is already applesauce in it, would this still be possible?

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Alli September 23, 2016 - 11:22 am

I often use applesauce instead of oil. I think it would be fine to leave out the oil entirely. In this recipe, the applesauce is mainly used to pump up the apple flavor. Let me know how it turns out.

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Nancy @ whispered inspirations September 23, 2016 - 12:23 pm

Those looks absolutely delicious! Definitely have to make these for the family! Great recipe!

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Jeanette September 23, 2016 - 12:25 pm

Oh my gosh that is adorable! That would be fine to make at Christmas time when I have all my family in town. Oh this looks delicious!

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jennifer September 23, 2016 - 12:26 pm

these look so good! fall always gets me into the mood to bake especially with apples!

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Pam Wattenbarger September 23, 2016 - 2:19 pm

I have a mini bundt pan and I think the cakes from it are so cute. This recipe sounds perfect for fall.

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Gwendolyn Mulholland September 23, 2016 - 2:32 pm

I love that these are personal sized. I am intrigued with the praline frosting and will have to make these really soon.

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Sarah September 23, 2016 - 5:41 pm

What a super yummy idea for sure, I will have to try to make this. I have only tried to make a bundt cake once before.

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Natalie September 24, 2016 - 3:26 pm

That looks amazing especially with the praline frosting!

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CourtneyLynne September 25, 2016 - 5:35 pm

Ooooo yummy!!!! I’m all about apples this time of year since I’m a pumpkin hater lol. I will have to give your recipe a try

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Sara September 25, 2016 - 7:54 pm

These mini apple bunny cakes are so so cute! Sometimes we need to save time and use a cake mix to start with. I love this recipe, will pin for later this fall.

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Mar September 26, 2016 - 2:14 pm

I’m a big fan of pralines & cream ice cream, so I think I would love this recipe! The fall sign in your photos is super cute!

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Tatanisha W September 26, 2016 - 5:48 pm

Oh my, this looks amazing!! I’ve never tried my hand at making pralines frosting before, but I will have to keep this mind!

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This looks like a lovely recipe. I never really cook with fruit if I am honest but need to start branching out

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