To celebrate the first day of Autumn, I decided to make something special ~ CAKE!  I’d made this recipe only once before and actually forgot how crazy good it is.  With apples in season, I had lots of great varieties to choose from and I mixed things up a little, using Granny Smith and Gala.  The ingredient list and process may seem a little daunting….but, really it’s not a hard recipe.  Just gather everything together and get started.  Once you pour on that yummy praline frosting and scatter on the pecans, just grab a cup of coffee, sit back and give a toast to fall!
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Apple Cream Cheese Bundt Cake
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
1 hrs 20 mins
Total Time
1 hrs 50 mins
 

The ingredient list and process may seem a little daunting….but, really it’s not a hard recipe. Just gather everything together and get started. Once you pour on that yummy praline frosting and scatter on the pecans, just grab a cup of coffee, sit back and give a toast to fall!

Course: Cake, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Author: Donya | asouthernsoul.com
Ingredients
Cream Cheese Filling
  • 1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese , softened
  • 1/4 cup butter , softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Apple Cake Batter
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 3 large eggs , lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 3/4 cup applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups peeled and finely chopped Gala apples (about 1 1/2 lb)
Praline Frosting
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
Instructions
Prepare Filling
  1. Beat first 3 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until blended and smooth.

  2.  Add egg, flour, and vanilla; beat just until blended.

Prepare Batter
  1. Preheat oven to 350º.  

  2. Bake pecans in a shallow pan 8 to 10 minutes or until toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through. 

  3. Stir together 3 cups flour and next 7 ingredients in a large bowl; stir in eggs and next 3 ingredients, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened.

  4. Stir in apples and pecans.

  5. Spoon two-thirds of apple mixture into a greased and floured 14-cup Bundt pan.
  6. Spoon Cream Cheese Filling over apple mixture, leaving a 1-inch border around edges of pan. Swirl filling through apple mixture using a paring knife.

  7. Spoon remaining apple mixture over Cream Cheese Filling.

  8. Bake at 350º for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a long wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

  9. Cool cake in pan on a wire rack 15 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack, and cool completely (about 2 hours).

Prepare Frosting
  1. Bring 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup butter, and 3 Tbsp. milk to a boil in a 2-qt. saucepan over medium heat, whisking constantly; boil 1 minute, whisking constantly.

  2. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. 

  3. Gradually whisk in powdered sugar until smooth; stir gently 3 to 5 minutes or until mixture begins to cool and thickens slightly.

  4. Pour immediately over cooled cake. Sprinkle on remaining pecans.