Bundt Cake #3: Apple Cinnamon with cinnamon cream cheese frosting

The first year Andrew and I were married, we lived in Michigan.  We loved Michigan.  We miss Michigan most during the fall.  Michigan is in love with apples.  I didn’t quite realize how quintessential apples were to fall until I lived there.  Every Labor Day, cider mills swing open their doors selling cider, homemade donuts, and anything apple you can think of.  September will always be apple season at our house.  I made this version of the Rachel New cake with Michigan in mind.  I thought these cakes would be super cute in the mini size but you can absolutely make one big cake in a regular sized bundt pan instead.  Drizzled with simple yet so, so yummy cinnamon cream cheese frosting, this cake will have you thinking of fall in Michigan too.
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1 box of yellow cake mix
2 small instant vanilla puddings
1/2 cup veggie oil
1 cup water
4 eggs
1 cup applesauce (whatever variety you have at home for your kiddos will work fine)
2 tablespoons cinnamon (divided)
1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
4 cups powdered sugar
3-4 tablespoons milk
1 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Grease (I use Pam) a 10 inch bundt pan (or mini bundt pans)
In mixing bowl, combine cake mix, puddings, oil, water, eggs, applesauce and 1 tablespoon cinnamon with electric mixer.  Pour into prepared bundt pan.
Bake 40-45 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. (or 18-20 minutes for mini bundt pans)
Let cake rest on counter in pan 10 minutes.  Then, invert cake onto serving plate to finish cooling. 
Once cake is cooled, combine remaining ingredients and the remaining tablespoon of cinnamon in mixing bowl.  Beat with electric mixer.  Drizzle over cooled cake.  (This makes 1 large cake or 12 mini cakes)

It’s starting to really feel like fall in my house now!
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  • The Vaughans September 12, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    YUM! Stop it already šŸ˜‰ I bet this would be good with pumpkin in place of applesauce too!!!!!

  • Sheaffer, Chris, Scout, and baby Carter September 13, 2011 at 11:55 am

    These have been my favorite so far. I REALLY liked these. REALLY. A LOT. LIKE A REAL LOT. šŸ™‚

  • Melysa B. February 19, 2013 at 1:01 am

    Made this and it was great!!! My only problem but wasn't really a problem per se but I had WAY too much frosting drizzle. Did you seriously use all of it?? I had to dump over half of it. First time ever making frosting so I didn't realize what I was doing but seemed like I needed to cut the recipe down to just a quarter of what it called for.

  • Mix and Match Mama February 19, 2013 at 10:45 am

    I always make too much frosting…for me, it's better to have a little extra than not enough. Just use as much frosting as you like on your cake. Enjoy!

  • carrieb September 24, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    Made this last night for my daughter to take to her K class for Johnny Appleseed day, it is fabulous! The left over icing is a great apple dip :).