Cinnamon Swirl Topped Apple Cake

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For the dough
½ cup Milk warmed
¼ cup Sugar
1 tbsp Active dry yeast
¼ cup Unsalted butter softened
1 Large eggs
1/4 tsp Salt
2 ¼ cups All-purpose flour plus more for rolling
½ cup Butter softened
½ cup Brown sugar
3 tsp Cinnamon
For the apples
6 Granny Smith apples peeled and chopped
4 tbsp All-purpose flour
2 tbsp Cinnamon
½ cup Brown sugar
For the cake
1 box White cake mix
2 Large eggs
160ml Water
60ml Vegetable oil
For the topping
Caramel sauce warmed slightly

Nutritional information

  • For the dough

  • For the apples

  • For the cake

  • For the topping

Cinnamon Swirl Topped Apple Cake


This Cinnamon Swirl Topped Apple Cake is a super impressive cake to make which packs a cinnamon flavor punch! I love how the topping has a swirl shape. It looks so appealing. It is definitely my favorite cake to make in cold weather too.

I start making this cake by preparing the dough for the lid. Then I prepare the filling by mixing apples, flour, cinnamon and brown sugar together. To make the spiral lid, I spread butter on a rectangle of dough and sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon over the top. I cut it into 1-inch strips. Roll one of the strips into a spiral and gradually add strips of dough to it until the whole cake is covered. 

To make Cinnamon Swirl Topped Apple Cake, you will need the following ingredients:

Ingridiens for Cinnamon Swirl Topped Apple Cake

Steps to make Cinnamon Swirl Topped Apple Cake


Combine milk, sugar and yeast


Place the milk, sugar and yeast in a large bowl and whisk them together. Set aside for 5 minutes until frothy.


Add butter and egg


Whisk butter and egg into the yeast mixture until fully combined.


Combine the wet and dry ingredients


Add the salt and flour. Stir with a wooden spoon until fully combined.


Knead dough and leave to rise


Turn the dough onto a floured surface. Knead until it comes together into a smooth ball. Place the dough ball in a greased bowl. Cover lightly and leave it to rest and rise in a warm place for around 30 minutes.


Heat the oven and prepare a pan


Preheat the oven to 355 °F. Line a springform pan with parchment paper and lightly grease it with butter.


Make filling


Mix the apples, flour, cinnamon and brown sugar together and toss to combine.


Make the cake topping


Blend the vanilla cake mix with the eggs, water and oil until you have a smooth batter. Pour the batter into the cake tin.


Top with apples


Top with the apples.


Make the lid


Roll the dough into a large rectangle. Spread butter over the dough. Combine the brown sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle it over butter. Spread it out evenly. Cut the dough into 1-inch strips. Roll one of the strips into a spiral. Place the spiral on top of the apples in the middle. Repeat with the remaining strips of dough until you don’t have any more.




Bake for 60 minutes until the pastry on top is golden brown.


Leave to cool

Remove the cake from the cake tin. While it is still warm, pour the caramel sauce over cinnamon swirl top



Serve the cake warm with a spoonful of cream or ice cream on top.

This Cinnamon Swirl Topped Apple Cake takes a bit of time to make but it always goes down a treat and it is definitely worth making. If you make it, let me know how you get on - just leave a comment below telling me what you think!

Lilly is an enthusiastic and cheerful young mom. She knows as well as any parent that children can be really picky when it comes to food. And she’s had plenty of experience trying to cook meals that are both tasty and nutritious, and able to satisfy the tastes of a fussy kid right away! To save you some precious time, Lilly's going to share with you all the tricks she learned the hard way, so you don’t have to! She has a wealth of recipes for quick and easy meals for kids and families on a budget.

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Total Reviews: 21
Yaretzy Wig

Better than apple pie or any other apple recipe on this website, this really takes the win!

Ariyah Santago

Amazingly flavorful and delicious thanks so much for sharing it with us.

Alaya Livers

Me and my fiances favorite apple cake of all time, the cinnamon really does it a lot of favors.

Alisa Palzer

I always loved cinnamon and apples together with vanilla icecream and caramel, makes life worth living.

Myra Jourdain

I really recommend to only use red apples don't even think of adding green unless you want a sour taste to your cake.

Nathaly Gurley

It's great but I think the caramel is a bit too much, when it gets hard it doesn't taste right.

Jaelynn Aldapa

I baked this to perfection for my nieces birthday instead of a white cake cause when she first had this she really liked it :)

Kalani Kechichian

Oh boy I don't even have words for how delicious this turned out to be.

Noemi Tolmie

Goes much better with vanilla icecream instead of caramel to be honest.

Amalia Bergert

Obsessing over this apple cake omg thanks soo soo much!!

Etta Durland

Didn't use white sugar for anything used full on stevia and it wasn't extremely sweet but It did taste really good.

Mara Platfoot

Drizzling some chocolate over this and caramel makes it the BOMB!

Elianna Gehlen

Takes a while to make this but have to say it's quite yummy so I'll be making it again.

Marisol Mihara

It's hard after a day and a half so better to eat it on the same day unless you got strong teeth lol.

Nancy Sheely

Lilly literally has everything you could ask for can't way to try more amazing dishes from her.

Laney Wiedmer

Tasty and easy to make exactly what I wanted for dessert.

Melinda Heeg

5 stars all the way never buying a cake from a store again, just going to make this amazing apple swirl <3

Maren Lepre

Ended up being sort've dry on it's own I'd really recommend adding a glaze.

Mercedes Sachs

Too sweet In my opinion I liked the pull apart apple bread a lot more not too overbaring with the sugar.

Emerie Pirruccello

Looks just as amazing as it taste though mine didn't look anything like the picture way too hard to make it fancy haha.


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