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Easy Homemade Apple Pie Cake From Scratch

Apple pie cake gives you all the flavor of a homemade apple pie without the fuss of making pie crust. This apple pie cake doesn’t use a boxed cake mix, instead it uses pantry staples for a from scratch cake that your family will love.

Apple pie cake in a frosted white glass square cake pan on a table top.

This simple apple cake recipe can be served as part of a brunch in its coffee cake style or be eaten as dessert. Or maybe even a snack with tea. Truly there’s not a wrong time to eat apple pie cake.

Pie Filling

The thing that makes this cake so very easy is that it uses pre-made pie filling. I used a homemade, canned apple pie filling here but something purchased from the store would work just as well.

While not specifically tested, I imagine any fruit pie filling would work here. Feel free to try using cherry or berry instead of apple if that’s what you have on hand.

Jars of canned apple pie filling in front of a basket of fresh apples.

Spice Options

You may want to skip additional spice in the cake and streusel topping if your pie filling is already heavily spiced.

If desired, you could easily switch up the spice as well. Use cardamom or nutmeg instead of cinnamon in the cake batter, especially if cinnamon is already in the pie filling.

Use ginger or some other spice in the struesel for an additional kick of flavor.

Gluten-Free & Vegan Variations

Switch the flour for your favorite gluten-free flour blend to keep it gluten-free and make sure to use a gluten-free apple pie filling.

For vegans switch the butter for a plant based spread instead and use a flax egg. Use nut or other plant based milk.

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Optional Additions

Want to make the cake even heartier? Here are some ideas:

  • Stir in up to 1 cup of chopped nuts
  • Use seeds like sunflower or pumpkin instead of nuts
  • Add 1 cup of dried fruit (cranberries, raisins)
A slice of apple pie cake on a plate with text overlay.

Serving Ideas

A person could drizzle the cooled cake with just a bit of vanilla glaze for a very lovely presentation.

This is a very coffee-cake like baked good. Serve it as a part of a brunch spread with fresh fruit, eggs, coffee and tea.

To make this a dessert, serve it with some whipped cream or ice cream

Yield: 6 servings

Apple Pie Cake

A slice of apple pie cake on a plate.

This easy apple cake recipe comes together in minutes and makes for a delicious brunch or dessert that is sure to please!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


For the Cake Batter

  • 1 Quart Apple Pie Filling
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 Cup Milk
  • 1/4 Cup Salted Butter, Melted
  • 1 1/2 Cups Unbleached, All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

For the Streusel Topping

  • 1 Tablespoon Salted Butter, softened
  • 1/4 Cup Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Unbleached, All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Grease a 9" square cake pan.

Make the Streusel Topping:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Mix well with a fork until everything is combined. Set aside.

Make the Cake Batter:

  1. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and cinnamon in a large bowl. Set aside.
  2. Whisk together the egg, melted butter, and milk until thoroughly combined.
  3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and and stir until almost combined.
  4. Add the apple pie filling and mix until the batter comes together completely.
  5. Spread the batter into the prepared cake pan.
  6. Sprinkle the streusel topping over the batter evenly.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes or until browned and an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Cool on wire rack before serving.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 388Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 58mgSodium: 344mgCarbohydrates: 68gFiber: 2gSugar: 36gProtein: 6g

We try our best but cannot guarantee 100% accuracy on this nutrition information.

A slice of apple pie cake on a plate with text overlay.

Other Fruit Cakes

Fruit cakes are a great way to treat your family and use fresh or preserved seasonal fruits. If you need more fruit cake ideas, try the pear cranberry spoon cake, it’s a family favorite!

Thanks for sharing!

Ethel Conley

Friday 10th of February 2023

Made this Apple cake, I doubled the recipe. Baked in a 9 by 13 pan looks beautiful, making it was as easy as Apple Pie, no pun intended.

Kathie Lapcevic

Sunday 19th of February 2023

Oh so glad to hear it!


Sunday 2nd of October 2022

FINALLY - a recipe that calls for real ingredients! I have an old Betty Crocker Cowboy Cake recipe that I always top with my homemade apple pie filling or applesauce, but it's more time consuming to make and my kitchen is a disaster since I'm deep into canning/harvest season. Did a quick Google search and found this, I about fell over when I saw it called for homemade pie filling & no nasty boxed cake mix. Super easy & quick to make - we just finished eating it. I made my apple pie filling really low sugar this time and I forgot when I made the cake so it was a little under-sweetened for dessert (would be perfect for earlier in the day) so I drizzled a little maple syrup on it and topped with homemade whipped cream - PERFECT! I could see using this recipe with other pie fillings like cherry & peach. Thank you so much, this is going to be printed on a real recipe card and kept in my permanent files.


Friday 10th of April 2020

Thanks I'm going to make this. Last year I canned apple pie filling and I never used any of it!


Monday 19th of October 2020

Easy and Yummy!!

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