Mrs. Wilkes Apple Bundt Cake

Mrs. Wilkes  Apple  Bundt  cake is topped with a spiced apple cider  glaze  in  this take on the boarding house  classic.
Mrs. Wilkes Apple Bundt Cake

Mrs. Wilkes Apple Bundt Cake

By Sue  Lau | Palatable  Pastime

Mrs. Wilkes Apple Bundt Cake with  spiced apple  cider glaze  is  my recipe of  the day. It is  my adaptation  of the famous  recipe from  the cookbook Famous Recipes from Mrs. Wilkes Boarding House in Historic Savannah.

Mrs. Wilkes Apple Bundt Cake

Of course,  I have  added my  own  personal  touch with the addition of the  spiced apple cider  glaze.  It  really puts this cake over the top.  And  I  don’t think  it would be anywhere near as fabulous  without that. Even  though the cake  is  chock full of moist apple.

The apple  I used is  grated  rather than chopped so that it blends in better. You can  use a hand grater for that or just buzz it in the food processor with a cheese shredding disk.

Mrs. Wilkes Apple Bundt Cake

The cake  itself  really  has a nice old-fashioned flavor. And  old-fashioned  is very much welcome  in  our home  in the autumn months as the  weather turns cooler.

For me,  it  is  a time  of memories and childhood, getting back   to  school  with friends after a long  summer.

As well, my  mother used to make lots of comfort foods in the fall, like stew, pot  roast, chili and roast chicken. A nice rounded  supper with  any of  those just begs for a slice of cake afterwards,  complete  with cold  milk or coffee to  wash it  down.

Mrs. Wilkes Apple Bundt Cake

Mrs. Wilkes Apple Bundt Cake

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Mrs. Wilkes Apple Bundt Cake

Mrs. Wilkes Apple Bundt Cake

Sue Lau
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Icing drying time 45 minutes
Course Cake, Dessert
Cuisine American


  • 10 cup Bundt pan
  • Baker's release spray



  • 1-1/2 cups soft butter
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 cups peeled grated apple I used honeycrisp
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Spiced Apple Cider Glaze:

  • 2 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 7 teaspoons apple cider
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg


  • Preheat oven to 375F.
  • Spray a 10-cup standard Bundt pan with Baker's release spray.
  • Cream butter with sugar in an electric mixer until smooth.
  • Add eggs one at a time, then vanilla.
  • Add flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt gradually, mixing into a smooth batter.
  • Fold in apples and walnuts.
  • Spread batter evenly in the prepared Bundt pan and bake for one hour, or until a toothpick tests clean.
  • Cool in pan 15 minutes, then turn out and finish cooling on a wire rack.
  • Once the cake has finished cooling, whisk together the glaze and drizzle over the cake.
  • Allow glaze to set up and dry, 30-45 minutes.


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