Whole Wheat Honey Apple Bundt Cake

Whole Wheat Honey Apple Bundt Cake | pinchofyum.com

Whoa-ho-ho. I got a little crazy with the glaze there, per the ushe.

So, Seattle! Have you been there?

I just spent the last 40-some hours exploring the beauty of downtown Seattle and the waterfront in the fall. Whiiiich more or less involved ordering pizza (s? maybe) to our hotel room and rehearsing again, just one more time, to make sure our presentation for this weekend’s conference was just right. But same difference. Seattle is awesome.

Bjork and I were in Seattle this weekend for an IACP conference where we presented for two hours at a time, facilitating sessions on things like self publishing ebooks and effective practices for developing your blog income. First of all, um, whoa. All you presenters who stand up there for hours upon hours in a day and think it is a normal thing? IT IS NOT. I am mentally zapped, socially exhausted, and my feet hurt. Still. You all are a special breed and I want some of your powers.

Whole Wheat Honey Apple Bundt Cake - chock full of sweet apples and covered with the best glaze of all time. | pinchofyum.com

And second of all, I need, at minimum, 23879 blueberry pomegranate teas to get my voice to sound within a decade of my real age. Scratchy-scratch-scratch.

We had such a great time meeting people and I said to myself, Ohhh yeah. This is why people go to conferences. *palm to face* Thanks to all my new IACP friends for being so warm and kind and funny. You’re an expert bunch and it was truly a pleasure.

We took a red eye flight home, and arrived raccoon-eyed and a little loopy Monday morning around 5:30 am. The good news is that because we took the red eye, we were now gifted with one precious day at home. The kind where you spend most of the day getting all cozy with yummy baked whole wheat honey apple bundt cakes and make a fire and keep it burning all day, just because. Well, actually, because it’s freezing COLD in this state.

Slippers were the footwear of choice 100% all day right alongside my Target comfy yoga pants and a hoodie. The pajama-esque outfit is a prerequisite for making this cake.

It just is.

Whole Wheat Honey Apple Bundt Cake - chock full of sweet apples and covered with the best glaze of all time. | pinchofyum.com

Then guess what? This cake happened all day long, that’s what. In thick slices that were coated with a generous drizzle, er dollop, er what? of that glaze-frosting we all love.

Apple bundt cake for breakfast (with coffee), lunch (with more coffee), and dinner (with milk, like a little kitten lapping up warm milk and sweet apple cake before bed, duh).

Whole Wheat Honey Apple Bundt Cake - chock full of sweet apples and covered with the best glaze of all time. | pinchofyum.com

If you’re asking me what kind of apples to use, I actually don’t know. They were red and sweet and packaged in a little brown bag straight from the orchard. I honestly don’t mean to belittle the importance of apple selection, but I also really don’t think you can go wrong here.

Cheers to us making apple cakes. And wearing slippers.

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Whole Wheat Honey Apple Bundt Cake
Serves: 16
For the cake
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup oil (I used olive oil)
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 minced apples (about 2-3 cups)
For the glaze
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1¼ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 tbs. maple syrup
  • 1-2 tablespoons water
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Generously grease a bundt pan (mine is about 9 inches across the top). Whisk the sugar and oil together until smooth. Whisk in the eggs, honey, and vanilla.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Gently stir the dry mixture into the wet mixture until just combined.
  3. Core the apples and mince them in a food processor. Fold the apples into the batter. Pour into the prepared bundt pan ¾ of the way up the side of the pan. Don't overfill! It'll be a mess and it won't bake through. Bake for 50 minutes, let stand for 10 minutes, and invert onto a place.
  4. For the glaze, melt butter in saucepan. Add powdered sugar and vanilla – it will be thick and sticky. Stir in maple syrup. Add water until desired consistency is reached.


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  1. 1) “Mentally zapped, socially exhausted and my feet hurt” is why a nice glass of Shiraz is my nightly ritual.
    2) Welcome home. Remember that salted dark chocolate awaits you at your desk.
    3) Whole wheat flour in a bundt cake is crazy daring… my kind of crazy, which is enough to inspire me to face the panic attack that befalls me every time I stand before the flour section in the baking aisle: bleached, unbleached, white, whole wheat… Waahhh!
    4) I have a BBQ beef crockpot recipe for you that is freakin’ incredible. Ask me about it, or ask for a bite, at lunchtime. :)

  2. I would love to visit Seattle one day. This cake sounds so good! I always love a good apple cake :)

  3. What a beautiful cake!
    If your throat is still scratchy staying quiet is a great remedy. I teach singing lessons and recommend speaking a few pitches higher than you normally would the next time you need to speak for long periods of time. It should take some strain off the voice.

    • Bummer! No luck with that as I speak in my “teacher” voice all day to my students. :) But thanks for the tip about the higher voice while presenting!

  4. Seattle is on my “must visit” list! One day…!

    This cake looks like my kind of good time. And eating it in cozy yoga pants would only make it all the better :)

  5. So glad you enjoyed Seattle! You will definitely have to return (summertime is the most beautiful time ever)! :) This cake looks amazing! Yuuuum. And your photography is gorgeous, as always!

  6. I sort of need that entire thing.

  7. Apple cake and slippers? Sounds good to me! This looks delicious and dangerous…You know it’s good when you can eat it at every meal!! Hope you have a great day~

  8. I have a LOT of apples to use up (what kind are they? No idea. So. Perfect for this recipe!), glad to find a way other than “make 4,000 gallons of apple butter”!

  9. Welcome home! I love days like that, and whenever I am home I am in yoga pants and slippers. Even after 5:30 pm when I get home on a workday. Anyway, I will have to add this to my list … after I get a bundt pan I guess. :p Guess it’s time to invest.

  10. I love apple bundt cake! I always make one during Rosh Hashanah, I’ll have to try your version next time!

  11. Love the whole wheat cake. And the icing…is there any way to make the same one clean?:)
    I love Seattle! We live only 2 hours away in Canada. Go there at least twice a year. LOVE it! The food, the mood, the vibrance, the people…I love West Coast in general.:) The conference part sounds like fun and a loot of work but so much fun to meet new people. Congrats!

  12. First of all, I looove Seattle. Moving there is on the 10 year plan. Secondly… I am having such an obsession over all things apple-y and bakey… So delicious this time of year. And that glaze sure does help the matter!

  13. So wish I could have heard you speak! And no such thing as going too crazy on icing!

  14. That looks fabulous! Glaze dripping…yum.

  15. I love Seattle! Such a cool town. I hope you got to make it to Beecher’s cheese (at least to walk by, if not to get a grilled cheese sandwich) and to the Pike Place Market by the waterfront. I love the food identity of the city – local, sustainable, fresh… it’s just so perfect! You’d think I spent weeks there… it was literally like 3 days haha, but that’s enough to fall in love with such an awesome city! :)

  16. Looks delicious. Recipe directions mention applesauce but I didn’t see it in the ingredients list. Just want to use the right amount when I make this tonight!

  17. This looks so elegant! I’ll have to put my new bundt pan to use!

  18. Lindsay, you guys did an awesome job at the conference! It was so totally terrific to meet you and Bjork and to learn from you. You two have a wealth of knowledge, and it is amazing that you are willing to share, guide and teach so we can maybe be like you “when we grow up”! You are a blessing!

    Love the visual of being in your slippers and yoga pants all day. Sounds just like what you needed. Traveling and presenting is exciting, but also tough and draining as you said. Lovely cake. Definitely a yum!

    Thank you!

    • Thanks Sally! We had such a lovely time meeting so many amazing and talented people. Super excited for what’s next for you! :) We’ll be in touch I’m sure. Take care!

  19. What a cozy cake, with a wardrobe to match! Glad you guys had a great time, and I’m sure the audience was so appreciative of the knowledge you had to share. You two are an inspiration!

  20. Your cozy clothes of slippers, yoga pants, and a hoodie are my daily “uniform!” There’s something about baking in comfy clothes that makes everything 1000x better. Especially in the fall. And ohhhh my goodness, your cake looks amazing! So moist and apple-y and comforting. I love how you used olive oil — I’ll have to try that sometime!

  21. Mmm this bundt is awesome! I love the honey in it!

  22. I saw a picture of this on Instagram yesterday. So excited to see this today!

  23. WOW WOW WOW!!!!
    That looks amazing!!

  24. If I have the energy Saturday after our church’s Chrysanthemum Tea, this will be recreated in my kitchen! Just made your Chocolate Oatmeal Cake for the second time last night….it is now my go-to chocolate cake!

  25. I would like the entire cake!! It looks amazing and perfect for a cozy day :)

  26. This apple bundt cake looks seriously awesome!
    Wow – so glad yall got to present…it must have been wonderful to been apart of the audience during yalls presentation! Yall are a big inspiration in me starting my own blog!
    Think yalls awesomeness shines through in this bundt! :)

  27. I want this all! Yum oh yum!

  28. Seattle is the best! I just went there for the first time in September for IFBC and had a blast. Jason and I are even considering moving there once he graduates!

    Now this bundt cake – gorgeous! I would go crazy with that glaze too!

  29. Just changed my normal clothes for a pajama-esque outfit…

    Ready to bake!

  30. Wow this looks delicious! Perfect fall dessert :)
    Thanks for sharing!
    Haley – egginon.wordpress.com

  31. Even though it sounds difficult, I’m sure your presentation was fantastic Lindsay! I would not feel comfortable speaking like that!

    And what a fabulous cake to cozy up with after all that traveling. I hope to explore beautiful Seattle one day!!

  32. Did you use organic honey?:)

  33. I actually wrote this in my planner (like, for grad school) to make next week. It’s that important :)

  34. This cake looks so moist and delicious. Perfect for a cool fall day.

  35. Yummy!

    For some strange reason, the picture (thumbnail) for your chicken Caesar lasagna on your homepage shows a picture of this cake, and since I have opened the web page at least 12 times in the last few days to ogle at the lasagna (and get the ingredients, thank goodness for being able to use iPhones in the supermarket) I remembered that I really wanted to make the cake and I am so glad I did! Yummy, nice and light, I didn’t have any maple syrup in the house (which is kinda sac religious as I am Canadian – though I live in Texas, and sorry Vermont maple syrup just isn’t the same as Quebec) so I used a bit Carmel sauce instead.

    The lasagna I am saving for tomorrow as a birthday present to myself.


    • Ha! Thanks Kristy! My sister actually called me yesterday to tell me the same thing about the thumbnail being goofed up, but it was all for a good purpose I guess! :)

  36. I made this last night with my niece and it came out beautifully. She’s bringing it today to school for a bake-sale so I’m waiting to hear the feedback!
    BTW there’s a small typo in the recipe, it says “invert it onto a place” and it cracked us up. I know it’s silly but we find it very funny the idea of inverting a cake onto a place 😉

  37. Hi,
    I don’t usually peel fruits and veggies for the sake of nutrition. Are these minced apples peeled? I’ve never made a fresh apple cake.

  38. This cake looks SO delicious. I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing!

  39. Just found your recipe via the Pancake Princess aka Erika! Gorgeous!!! Absolutely love the goodness inside the cake crumb (makes eating that second slice a little less guilt-inducing!). You have a gorgeous blog Lindsay xxx

  40. Any thoughts on using a different type of pan and what would work? I don’t have a bundt pan at the moment and want to make this cake asap! Thanks.

  41. Hi! I would love to make this for Canadian thanksgiving this weekend :) can apple sauce be subbed for the minced apples? thanks!

    • Hi, Jenny! We have never tried using applesauce in this recipe – but it could probably work. My only concern is that the applesauce has a lot more moisture than minced apples do. If your batter seems too wet, add in some extra flour to compensate for the liquid in the applesauce. Enjoy!

  42. Hi Lindsay
    The cake looks awesome.Dying to try this out.
    I just needed to ask if I can replace maple syrup with something else. I am from India and I can’t get maple syrup from where I live.
    Thanks in advance.

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