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Apple Cinnamon Roll Cake

Apple Cinnamon Roll Cake by Rumbly in my Tumbly
Apple Cinnamon Roll Cake by Rumbly in my Tumbly

By a long shot, my  most popular post of all time on this blog has been my Cinnamon Roll Cake.  It is a quick, 9×13 cake, with all the tastes of a cinnamon roll, but with so much less work.  It is the perfect special occasion breakfast, and it is wildly popular, in spite of my embarrassingly amateurish photos.

Apple Cinnamon Roll Cake by Rumbly in my Tumbly
Apple Cinnamon Roll Cake by Rumbly in my Tumbly

I should really re-take those pictures.

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Apple Cinnamon Roll Cake by Rumbly in my Tumbly

I had planned to re-take them today, actually, but then I spied two lonely Granny Smith apples sitting on my counter, and a light bulb went off, and I absolutely had to make this cake with apple pie filling added.

Apple Cinnamon Roll Cake by Rumbly in my Tumbly
Apple Cinnamon Roll Cake by Rumbly in my Tumbly

It was worth it.  The apples add a moisture and texture and apple flavor that really kicks it up a notch.  I daresay I prefer this version to the old.

Apple Cinnamon Roll Cake by Rumbly in my Tumbly
Apple Cinnamon Roll Cake by Rumbly in my Tumbly

I can always make more plain cinnamon roll cake for pictures.  Everybody loves that cake.

Apple Cinnamon Roll Cake by Rumbly in my Tumbly
Apple Cinnamon Roll Cake by Rumbly in my Tumbly

But I think I like this one better.

Apple Cinnamon Roll Cake by Rumbly in my Tumbly
Apple Cinnamon Roll Cake by Rumbly in my Tumbly

Enjoy.

Ingredients:

Cake:
3 c. flour
1/4 tsp.salt
1 c. sugar
4 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 c. milk
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. butter, melted

2 medium granny smith apples, diced small, and mixed with:
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Topping:
1 c. butter, softened
1 c. brown sugar
2 Tbsp. flour
1 Tbsp. cinnamon

Glaze:
2 c. powdered sugar
5 Tbsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla

Directions:
Grease a 9×13 inch pan (I like to line it with a parchment paper sling as well) and preheat the oven to 350°.

Dice the apples and mix them with the cinnamon and sugar.  Set aside.

Mix together flour, salt, sugar, baking powder, milk, eggs and vanilla until smooth.  Slowly stir in the melted butter until combined.  Stir in half of your apple mixture.

Mix together your filling ingredients and drop it by spoonful evenly over your cake.  Swirl the filling through the cake batter with a knife.  Sprinkle remaining apple mixture over the top.

Bake for 35-45 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.  Mix together glaze ingredients until smooth and spread over warm cake.  Let sit at least 20 minutes before slicing.  Enjoy!

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3 thoughts on “Apple Cinnamon Roll Cake

  1. HI Shannon! Thanks so much for this delicious recipe! It was incredible, especially when I was in search of a delicious recipe using simple ingredients I had on hand. Question: do you think i could cut out miniature bit size ‘cakes’ with a cookie cutter after this finishes baking and serve as bite size rounds at a cozy holiday function I’m attending? Or go you think that would compromise the cake?

  2. Wow!! I just baked this yesterday and it was amazing!! I am living in Ukraine with my husband and his family and my Ukrainian mother-in-law LOVED this(she has quite the sweet tooth:)) It turned out moist and sweet, but not overly sweet and I was just happy to be able to find all the ingredients here. I made a few adjustments….I swapped a banana and a few tablespoons of sunflower oil for the butter in the cake part. I was running out of butter and wanted to save what I had for the topping part. I also added an extra apple because I like more fruit in my baked goods and used regular sugar in place of the brown sugar because you cant find brown sugar in Ukraine:) Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe!

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