Monday, November 13, 2017

Apple Bundt Cake and a Giveaway!

On Tuesday, I flew through a store in a big rush because Twinkie was in the car waiting. We really needed milk. As I ran through (why are stores so big?), a display caught my eye and I came home with two packages of seasonal cookies. The last cookie was consumed on Thursday night! Two days! How desperate are we for something sweet? And to be honest, while they were edible, they weren't all that great.

The biggest thing I could think of to bake was a Bundt cake. I'm in my apple mode (hi, Sheila!) these days, throwing them in everything. If the oven is on for some other reason (roasting chicken for instance), I pop a pan with a couple of apples into the oven, too. So delicious! Even without nuts or anything else.

I also happened to have apple cider on hand, so I incorporated it into the recipe. Cinnamon, apple cider, brown sugar, and fresh apples—yum! I topped it with a powdered sugar drizzle as in the photo, but honestly, we decided we'd rather eat it plain with a dollop of whipped cream.

Oh! You may have heard that I have a new book out. NOT A CREATURE WAS PURRING might be just the thing to get you into the Christmas spirit, so I'm giving away a copy here today. Leave a comment with your email address, please, so we can notify you if you win.

Apple Bundt Cake

butter for greasing pan

2 3/4 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

pinch of nutmeg

4 large eggs (room temperature)

3/4 cup granulated sugar (plus extra for pan)

1 cup dark brown sugar

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1 cup apple cider

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2 cups diced apples (about 1 1/2 large apples)

Preheat oven to 350. Grease the pan with butter. Sprinkle granulated sugar on the butter, shake and rotate as you would to flour a pan.

In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside.

Place eggs,  3/4 cup sugar and brown sugar in mixer and beat. Add the oil. When well blended, add the flour mixture a bit at a time, alternating with the apple cider. Add vanilla. Beat well to combine. Add the diced apples and stir to mix. Pour into prepared Bundt pan.

Bake 45-50 minutes.

When cool, top with a sugar glaze or powdered sugar. Or leave plain and serve with a dollop of whipped cream!

Stir in apple chunks and pour into sugared pan.

After baking.

Mmm. Even good plain!

Don't forget to leave a comment with your email address to enter to win a copy of NOT A CREATURE WAS PURRING!


  1. Not a creature was purring would really put me in the Christmas spirit! Thank you for the chance. The cake sounds delicious. I know what you mean about cookies they go fast and aren't all that good from the store. Homemade is better for sure. I love the book cover and can't wait to read it.

  2. Can't go wrong with a fabulous bundt cake recipe; and I'd love to read the book!

  3. Apples and spice are a favorite in our house. I prefer Bundt cakes as they are always moist. Thank you for the recipe and mostly for releasing another of your fabulous books. Super cover for a great book.
    Cynthia B
    ceblain (At) tmlponline (DOT) net

  4. I love bundt cakes, looks great. thanks for the chance
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

  5. Thank you for the recipe! Looking forward to Not a Creature Was Purring! Dspinlexo at aol dot com.

  6. Yum! You can't go wrong with apples (which is why I've been stashing bags and containers of pre-sliced and pre-chopped apples in my freezer, in case I feel a craving (I'll let you all know how the freezing experiment turns out).

    1. Sheila, Please keep us informed I've never heard of freezing apples and I love everything apple. Krista, nice giveaway but I'm not that patient I always pre order my cozy mysteries. I'll take the recipe for my prize.

  7. Cake sounds fantastic! moodiesmum at yahoo dot com

  8. I think this recipe has finally motivated me to replace my extremely old bundt pan.

  9. A bundt cake is too big for the three of us but my boyfriend bakes a really good vegan apple cake.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

  10. A perfect combination of flavors.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

  11. I love apple cake and have been making it for years. Your bundt cake is delectable and I will make it for this season. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  12. Your Apple Bundt Cake is enticing and wonderful. This is a very special cake which would be ideal for the upcoming holiday. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  13. Apples and spice. Yum. The dog on the cover looks a lot like our Jack. Especially being up on the couch.

  14. 'Tis the time for apples, and your cake sounds wonderful! Thanks so much for your giveaway!

  15. I probably won't make the cake, but I would love to try it!
    browninggloria(at) hotmail(.)

  16. My Grandmother always canned & froze apples in slices, chopped & sauce form. Such a nice treat after apple season was over. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

  17. Santa is looking for a book for my Christmas stocking! Sounds Purrfect! :)
    I am so impressed you can get a bundt cake out of the pan. I have given up and just use 2 loaf pans these days, cake looks yummy.

  18. I love to throw apples in everything too! Not only sweet stuff, but savory stuff also. My favorite is a chicken salad recipe with apples. Delicious.

    And boy would I be excited to win the book, I love love love Christmas books! The only time of year my mom and I read the same kind of books is during the holidays. :-D

    My email address is

  19. Now I want apple cake! Yum! Thanks for sharing. I enjoy the series and like everyone else would love to win.

  20. I love Krista's cover in that it reminds me of Lady and the Tramp. What better way to set the scene for the holiday Apples are also a favorite of mine, sauced, baked, fried, raw. What other fruit can you do so much with. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

  21. This is a great sounding recipe. I will definitely have to make it. And I love the cover for the book. Thank you for the giveaway! aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

  22. I love your books and the cake looks delicious, too.

  23. I hate my tablet. This will be my third try at leaving a comment. The recipe looks tasty and the ingredients cheap enough that I'd be willing to give it a try. My from scratch recipes, even from big name cookbooks, are a bomb and sometimes an expensive failure.

  24. amy guillaume lindermanNovember 13, 2017 at 8:04 PM

    ooh this recipe sounds like something my grandmother made. i love the name and cover of this book! aelinderman (at) sbcglobal (dot) net

  25. I made a very similar recipe labeled a "Jewish Apple Cake." I didn't have enough cider to use so went with the recipe that called for orange juice. I only had enough ingredients to make a half recipe (loaf pan). It was sooo good I could have eaten it all right away. I really want to read "Not a Creature Was Purring." I love Wagtail and wish I could move there! I also have a fondness for mischievous terriers.

  26. Great recipe! Love it and the book!!

  27. We are probably the only house around the doesn't normally have apples on hand. When I do buy them, I buy one or two at a time so they don't go bad. They don't sit well with my stomach if I eat them often (but I can eat apple pie!).

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  28. Can't wait to try the recipe as I have apples and cider on hand. I love seasonal mysteries, especially when animals are part of the plot. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

  29. Can't wait to read "Not A Creature Was Purring". I really like reading Christmas stories this time of year. The apple cake looks amazing.

  30. Happy New Release! I love bundt cakes, however I don't think I've ever tried an apple one. turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

  31. This cake looks delicious! I love apples, especially when they're baked into something.

  32. Just reading about whats in the cake makes me hungry,it sounds

  33. This cake looks divine! I am definitely going to make it.

  34. Oh my goodness! The recipe for the Apple Bundt Cake sounds to die for (pun intended) and one that everyone in my family would love. I will be trying this recipe.

    Now my idea of heaven would to be sitting in front of the fireplace in our new home nibbling on a big piece of this cake while reading NOT A CREATURE WAS PURRING! Thanks for the chance to win a copy.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  35. Thanks for the recipe! parkeremma2003 at yahoo dot com

  36. I love reading especially around the holidays and this book looks so good, love the recipe idea.