*TRIED &TRUE* Old-fashioned glazed apple cake! A tender, moist cake loaded with apples and warm spices!

Watch me make this old-fashioned glazed apple cake from start to finish!

Now that we are already over a week into the new year, this feels like the perfect time to give up my diet goal. Hahaha, I’m kidding guys, kidding! (side eye)

I’m right there with ya with the diet goals sister! I have been adding more vegetables, essential oils, and water into my diet, and so far so good!


This North Carolina weather has been colder than a scorned lover! I’m talking 3 degrees yall! That doesn’t even sound right! Like 3 degrees, really? 1.2.3? Something about really cold, windy, rainy, or snowy weather makes me crave comfort foods.

Ahhhh I feel all warm and cozy just thinking about settling down with something comforting when it’s a beast outside.

Oh, I know you guys are the same way. How? Because whenever the weather is nasty the traffic on my site is through the roof for all things comforting. Don’t worry your secret is safe with me.

Today is freezing so–

glazed fresh apple cake

Ladies and gentlemen without further ado, CAKE!

But not just any cake. A good, old-fashioned glazed apple cake! COMFORT!! It’s made with a TON of fresh apples, butter, cinnamon, brown sugar, buttermilk… *singing* “all you have to do it say yes!”

Well, I’ve said yes. Twice in the last eight days. *sigh* What can I say I’ve been on an apple spice cake kick. It just tastes so great with my morning coffee.

Seriously, Starbucks should start selling fresh glazed apple cake! It practically begs for coffee (or vanilla ice cream)!

This glazed apple  cake is as old-fashioned as it gets.
None of that fancy-schmancy throwing in everything under the sun like coconut, nuts, caramels, etc.

glazed apple cake

This glazed apple cake recipe is simplicity at it’s finest. If you grew up in the South eating homemade, apple cake, then this recipe is likely to be what you remember!

It uses simple ingredients to create one incredibly moist and delicious cake. It seriously gets better the next day! But isn’t that always true with apple and banana baked goods?

Feel free to use your favorite baking apple. I pretty much use granny smith for all apple baked goods. They are tart & juicy and goes great with the sweetness of the cake and simple vanilla glaze.


The Recipe

Old-Fashioned Glazed Apple Cake

By Divas Can Cook
Cook time
Total time
1 cake


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon butter extract (optional but so yum)
  • ¼ cup applesauce
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3½ teaspoons cinnamon, divided
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • 2½ cups Granny Smith apples, about 4 apples (peeled and diced/grated into tiny pieces)
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2-3 Tablespoons half n half
  • splash of vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Grease and flour a bundt pan. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl cream together butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar.
  4. Mix in eggs.
  5. Mix in vanilla extract and butter extract.
  6. Fold in applesauce. Set aside.
  7. In a large bowl, whisk together very well, flour, baking soda, salt, 3 teaspoons cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice.
  8. Mix in the dry ingredients into wet ingredients alternating with the buttermilk.
  9. Mix diced apples with remaining cinnamon and fold into batter.
  10. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  11. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until moist crumbs clings to toothpick after being inserted into the cake. (Check it at the 45-minute mark)
  12. Remove from oven and let sit in a pan until pan is warm. (The cake will continue to cook as it cools so be careful not to overbake.)
  13. Remove cake from pan and let cool completely on a cooling rack.
  14. Combine the glaze ingredients until smooth and pourable. (adding more half n half a little at a time if needed)
  15. Drizzle over cooled cake.
  16. Serve once glaze has hardened (flavor intensifies the next day!)