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


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

Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. 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!

  2. 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. 🙂

  3. 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'?

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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 🙂

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

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

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

  12. This reminds me of the summer raspberry buttermilk cake?
    I loved that one, so if it's anything like that one, I am going to try it with apples.
    Hope you had a great turkey day!
    Stacey

  13. Good cake, BUT, I’m totally confused about the 2/3 cup plus 1.5 T sugar divided. Instructions say beat 2/3 cup sugar & butter. What happens with the 1.5 T & why divided. Help!

    1. Thanks for catching that! I updated the recipe. You don’t need the extra sugar if you use the Turbinado sugar, which I did:)

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