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Apple Buttermilk Cake

Apple Buttermilk Cake

We ended up celebrating Thanksgiving with the Dewey family. They always include us in their family events and treat us like we are part of the family. They are the best! We had a great time with everyone.

It was a last minute decision to go, so I had to create something easy to share. I made a salad with apples, dried cranberries, almonds, and feta. I also baked an apple buttermilk cake. I thought it would be a nice addition to all of the traditional holiday pies.

The cake has a buttery, buttermilk base and is topped with apple slices. I used Granny Smith and sprinkled them with cinnamon and brown sugar before baking. It gave the cake a nice sweet crust. The cake has a moist crumb and the apples are nice and tender. This is an easy cake to make and a scoop of vanilla ice cream makes it even better.

The holidays are here! If there are any specific holiday recipes you would like to see in December, just let me know. I am going to start my holiday baking this week. I can’t wait!


Apple Buttermilk Cake

(Printable Recipe)

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon, divided

Pinch of fresh nutmeg

1/2 stick unsalted butter, softened

2/3 cup granulated sugar

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 large egg

1/2 cup shaken buttermilk

1 large Granny Smith apple, peeled, and sliced

2 Tablespoons brown sugar

Turbinado sugar (to sprinkle on top of cake)


Preheat oven to 400°F with rack in middle. Butter and flour a 9-inch round cake pan.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, 1/2 teaspoon of the cinnamon, and nutmeg.


Beat butter and 2/3 cup sugar with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until pale and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Add egg and beat until combined.

At low speed, mix in flour mixture in 3 batches, alternating with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour, and mixing until just combined.


In a small bowl, combine the apple slices with the brown sugar and other 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Stir until apples are coated.


Spoon batter into cake pan, smoothing top. Place sliced apples evenly over top and sprinkle with turbinado sugar.


Bake until cake is golden and a wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Cool in pan 10 minutes, then turn out onto a rack and cool to warm, 10 to 15 minutes more. Invert onto a plate. Serve with vanilla ice cream if you wish.


If you like this apple buttermilk cake, you might also like:

Plum Nectarine Buttermilk Cake from Two Peas and Their Pod

Salt-Kissed Buttermilk Cake from 101 Cookbooks

Strawberry Buttermilk Cake from Dishing Up Delights

Buttermilk Spice Cake w/Cream Cheese Frosting from One Perfect Bite

Peach Almond Cake from Two Peas and Their Pod

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48 Responses to “Apple Buttermilk Cake”

  1. 1
    Jessica — November 30, 2009 @ 6:41 am

    Love cakes with buttermilk. This looks so good. Your apple galette was a hit!!

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    VeggieGirl — November 30, 2009 @ 7:36 am

    So glad you had a lovely celebration – love the cake you made!

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    Dawn — November 30, 2009 @ 7:55 am

    Oh you know how I love buttermilk. I have to try this. Using buttermilk in baking is the best. This looks so good!

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    kat — November 30, 2009 @ 8:02 am

    Yummy!

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    Erica — November 30, 2009 @ 8:04 am

    Glad you two had a nice holiday :) The cake looks great and def would have been the dessert I went for! I would love to see something gingerbread- like gingerbread muffins!

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    Grace — November 30, 2009 @ 8:08 am

    the fact of the matter is that i haven't met an apple cake that didn't make its way into my mouth with haste, and this would be no exception. lovely display. :)

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    stephchows — November 30, 2009 @ 8:16 am

    oo this looks delicious! And I can't wait to check out the gift ideas you have!

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    Jen — November 30, 2009 @ 8:35 am

    This looks sooo yummy! It made my stomach growl just looking at the picture! A definite must try. Thanks for sharing!

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    megan — November 30, 2009 @ 8:54 am

    there definitely cannot be too many apple desserts. this looks great :)

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    The Active Foodie — November 30, 2009 @ 9:14 am

    Oh yum, warm apple cake with a slice of vanilla ice cream, you are speaking my language!!!

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    A_and_N — November 30, 2009 @ 9:36 am

    that looks gorgeous! My only concern is since you put the apples on top, does the part of the cake surrounding the apple slices stay 'doughy'?

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    Bridgett — November 30, 2009 @ 9:44 am

    I am glad you enjoyed the holiday! Buttermilk just makes it extra special and this turned out to be a gorgeous cake.

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    Tracy @ Sugarcrafter — November 30, 2009 @ 10:54 am

    What a lovely cake! Glad you had a wonderful (second) Thanksgiving. :-)

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    Heather — November 30, 2009 @ 1:10 pm

    Two of my absolute favorite things! We just picked up some really tart apples this weekend at the farmer's market – I bet lil cupcakes like this would be amazing.

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    pigpigscorner — November 30, 2009 @ 1:18 pm

    I love baking with buttermilk This sounds wonderful.

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    CookiePie — November 30, 2009 @ 1:37 pm

    Looks like the perfect cake to snack on – delicious!

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    Karen — November 30, 2009 @ 1:40 pm

    This looks and sounds really good. It is a nice change from the regular TG pies.

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    Katie @ goodLife {eats} — November 30, 2009 @ 1:47 pm

    YUM! This looks awesome. I love using buttermilk for baking. I bet the cake smells delicious when baking.

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    Gaby — November 30, 2009 @ 1:55 pm

    I am a sucker for buttermilk! This cake looks fab – I'm going to have to make this for Thomas :)

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    Esi — November 30, 2009 @ 3:21 pm

    I'm a huge fan of the buttermilk cake. Love the fall twist with apples! I can't believe it's the holidays already!! Good luck with all the baking.

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    teresa — November 30, 2009 @ 3:49 pm

    oh that's so pretty! i love this cake, delicious!

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    frantic foodie — November 30, 2009 @ 4:03 pm

    that cake is gorgeus! thanks for commenting on my blog. I love your header too.

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    Cheryl — November 30, 2009 @ 5:28 pm

    I have never heard of such a cake, my husband is a fan of anything apple and adding buttermilk! wow, I am making it tomorrow I have everything in my fridge! I love your list BTW, I just got the kitchenaide scraper deal, will use it tomorrow!

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    Teanna — November 30, 2009 @ 5:54 pm

    That cake looks so stunning! How absolutely gorgeous!

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    Adam — November 30, 2009 @ 6:41 pm

    You always make some sweet looking cakes, Maria. Buttermilk, apples and spice, I could pretty much enjoy this with some friends and coffee all holiday season. Ya know, maybe I'll do just that :)

    Looking forward to the snaps :)

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    Leslie — November 30, 2009 @ 8:28 pm

    what a perfect little cake..and beautiful as well!

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    Pam — November 30, 2009 @ 8:50 pm

    Cakes with buttermilk are the best – this looks wonderful.

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    Jerri — November 30, 2009 @ 9:47 pm

    This looks delicious!

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    Kerstin — November 30, 2009 @ 10:15 pm

    What a yummy cake – buttermilk always makes cakes better :)

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    Cakebrain — November 30, 2009 @ 11:08 pm

    mmm. I have a bunch of apples and need to make a cake like this! it looks scrumptious!

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    Mary — November 30, 2009 @ 11:36 pm

    Maria, thank you so much for the link love. Your cake sounds delicious and you've used a winning combination of ingredients here. I'll bet this was good.

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    Natashya KitchenPuppies — December 1, 2009 @ 7:15 am

    I love this cake, no too sweet!

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    Kelly @ EvilShenanigans — December 1, 2009 @ 9:14 am

    I LOVE apple cakes! I make a really nice, and very moist, apple cake myself. It is not much to look at, but dust it with some powdered sugar and add a generous pile of whipped cream and it is apple heaven! Yours is beautiful!

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    Marillyn Beard — December 1, 2009 @ 10:14 am

    Thank you for stopping by my blog! The Apple Buttermilk Cake looks delicious! Glad you had a good celebration.

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    The Blonde Duck — December 1, 2009 @ 11:32 am

    That looks fabulous!

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    Shannon — December 1, 2009 @ 11:44 am

    sounds like a fabulous cake!! glad you had a good thanksgiving, too :)

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    glamah16 — December 1, 2009 @ 12:41 pm

    Buttermilk is always so wonderful in baking cakes. This looks superb.Hope you and family had a blessed , happy Thanksgiving.

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    Sook — December 1, 2009 @ 1:09 pm

    looks beautiful and sure looks delicious too!

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    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — December 1, 2009 @ 1:21 pm

    Your cake looks beautiful… I love baking with buttermilk. I'm sure the cake was super moist and tasty!

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    Monica H — December 1, 2009 @ 6:07 pm

    oh my goodness that looks good!

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