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blue ribbon apple bundt cake

(77 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Crystal Villa
Goodyear, AZ

As the name implies, this cake won first place at my state fair! This cake always seems to be a hit with everyone that tries it. This cake is also excellent without glaze; instead, I serve it slightly warm with vanilla ice cream.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Blue Ribbon, indeed! This apple Bundt cake made the Test Kitchen smell like fall while baking. The cake has a wonderful spice flavor. Layering it will apples adds a lovely flavor to the cake and helps keep it moist. Drizzling the glaze on top is delicious. We're certainly not opposed to a scoop of ice cream on top of this as well.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(77 ratings)
yield 10 -12
prep time 25 Min
cook time 1 Hr 5 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For blue ribbon apple bundt cake

  • 3/4 c
  • 3 tsp
    orange flavored instant drink mix (like Tang)
  • 2 tsp
  • CAKE
  • 3 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 2 c
  • 3 tsp
    baking powder
  • 3 tsp
    orange flavored instant drink mix
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1 c
    vegetable oil
  • 1/2 c
  • 2 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 4 lg
  • 4 c
    apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 c
    powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp
    butter, softened
  • 1/2 tsp
    apple pie spice or a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves
  • 2 - 4 Tbsp

How To Make blue ribbon apple bundt cake

  • Greasing a Bundt pan.
    Heat oven to 350 F. Grease and flour a 12-cup Bundt pan.
  • Streusel ingredients added to a bowl.
    Combine streusel ingredients in a small bowl; set aside.
  • Some of the prepared cake batter in the Bundt pan.
    In a large bowl, combine all cake ingredients except apples. Pour 1/3 of batter (about 1 2/3 C) into the Bundt pan.
  • Apples layered on top of the batter.
    Layer 2 cups of apples over the batter.
  • Streusel topping sprinkled over apples.
    Sprinkle with half the streusel.
  • Completely layered cake baking in the oven.
    Repeat layers with another 1/3 of batter, remaining apples, and remaining streusel. End with the remaining 1/3 of cake batter. Bake for 65-75 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when tested.
  • Cake cooling in the Bundt pan.
    Cool in pan for 3 minutes.
  • Cake removed from the Bundt pan.
    Then invert onto a serving plate to cool completely.
  • Prepared glaze in a bowl.
    When the cake is cool, prepare the glaze. In a small bowl, combine powdered sugar, butter, and spice. Add milk one Tbsp at a time until smooth and of drizzling consistency.
  • Drizzling the glaze over the Bundt cake.
    Drizzle glaze over cooled cake.