Yogurt Apple Cake With Buttered Cinnamon Brown Sugar

12 servings
1 hr 5 min

The only apple cake recipe you'll ever need, one you'll happily bake again and again any time of year.

I know, it’s not quite apple season but I do.not.care.  Do not. Nope. This cake is so good, it’s the only cake I have ever made back to back.  Ever.  We finished it one night, Mike thoroughly heartbroken, sad little pouty face and all I am not kidding, that I baked another one the very next day. This cake is so easy, you don't even need a mixer.

Hot and fresh from the oven, your house will smell utterly glorious.

It’s on our Winners list solidified by a Mike, mouth full, mmrrff mmrrrff, “this is good, whoa-ho-ho” moment.  When I leaked that I had made one to read about over on The Bake Dept blog, I got a slo-mo head turn, his eyes twinkled, then a smirk with a happy chortle.

What’s even better than a seriously drool worthy cake?  One that’s fast and simple to pull together practically in one single bowl. The lengthiest and most complicated aspect of this assembly is peeling and chopping the apples. And truly it’s neither that lengthy nor complicated. And this one is truly is the best. Utterly delicious and so easy to make. Trust me, you'll be baking this one over and over too!

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Yogurt Apple Cake With Buttered Cinnamon Brown Sugar
Recipe details
  • 12  servings
  • Prep time: 20 Minutes Cook time: 45 Minutes Total time: 1 hr 5 min
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  • 2 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon (divided)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk yogurt
  • 2/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (or one lemon)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs (room temperature)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/2 pounds apples (or 3 medium to large size)
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch ground nutmeg

Preheat the oven to 350° (177° C). Grease a 9x13-inch baking pan lightly with spray.
In a small bowl or on a plate and with a fork or spoon, mash the butter into the brown sugar and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon until small flaky crumbles form. Set aside.
In a large bowl, add the yogurt, canola oil, the lemon juice, the sugar, the eggs, and the vanilla, whisking to mix until the ingredients are evenly combined.
Peel, slice, and dice the apples into chunks leaving out the cores (don’t grate the apples or the cake will be too mushy) into generally about 3/8” slices then cut the slices in thirds or quarters, depending on the size of the apples.
Add the apple chunks to the bowl of wet ingredients and give a stir to mix them in.
To the same large bowl, add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon to the wet ingredients then stir until no dry ingredients are left visible. Some lumps are fine.
Into the baking pan, add approximately half the batter then sprinkle the top with half of the buttered cinnamon brown sugar. Pour on the remaining batter, spread it evenly, then sprinkle the top of the cake with the rest of the brown sugar mix.
Bake for approximately 45 minutes. If the top browns too much, cover it with foil. Test the center of the cake with a toothpick after the timer goes off; if it comes out clean (save a few crumbs), it is ready.
Remove the cake from the oven, rest the pan on a cooling rack, and let the cake cool completely before serving so the cake has a chance to set.
  • There was an accidental copy/paste ingredient missing error, my apologies -- it's 1 cup granulated sugar as read in the instructions.
Becky at The Bake Dept
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  • Sus3985893 Sus3985893 on Sep 11, 2020

    What apples do you recommend for this recipe?

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    • Linda Linda on Sep 18, 2020

      One of my favorite to bake with is McIntosh, they have a sweet and tart taste when baked. I have a special apple cake from my aunt and it makes the best tasing apples inside and everyone goes for seconds. Can’t wait to try this one!

  • Sus3985893 Sus3985893 on Sep 11, 2020

    What apples do you recommend for your cake?

    Thank you.

    Susan G.

    • Lolo Lolo on Sep 12, 2020

      Granny Smith. Best baking apples