Cinnamon Crown Bundt Cake for #BundtAMonth

by Renee on November 7, 2012

Cinnamon Crown Bundt Cake

What is your favorite spice? Cinnamon is at the top of my list when it comes to baking. I absolutely love the smell and taste of it. One of the best parts is they way it fills the house with a warm and comforting aroma. You walk in the door and feel like the air is giving you a hug. The scent wraps around you and all seems well.

Spices take food to a different level. Plain and tasteless turn to flavorful with the addition of spice. Some are associated with sweet and others with savory. Cinnamon is most used in sweets although I will add it to savory foods like chili. A small amount gives a subtle flavor enhancement.

Cinnamon Crown Bundt Cake

Cinnamon is the highlight of this bundt cake. It also has oats and pecans which go so well with it. It is the first time I have baked a cake with applesauce. I have seen many recipes lately with it and they mention how it makes cakes moist. I agree with that now. There is a slight apple flavor which only adds to this cake. How good is it? Well, let’s just say that after I sampled it I could not wait for the next slice. I had it for breakfast the next day. It was not a petite little slice either. Did I mention it has oats?

November’s #BundtAMonth is all about celebrating spices. Take a look at these spicy bundts:

How much do you like cinnamon? Do you use it in savory foods or only in sweets? Make some sweet rolls, crumb cake, ice cream, or this incredible Cinnamon Crown Bundt Cake and celebrate the spice with each one.

The November #BundtAMonth is dedicated to those impacted by Hurricane Sandy. If you would like to help, you can donate $10 by texting the word “RedCross” to 90999 or visit the American Red Cross website for more information.

Here’s how you can join the #BundtaMonth party:

  • Bake your Bundt for November following the theme – Spice.
  • Post it before November 30, 2012.
  • Use the #BundtaMonth hashtag in your title. (For ex: title should read – #BundtaMonth: Chocolate Cinnamon Bundt)
  • Add your entry to the Linky tool below
  • Link back to both Lora and Anuradha’s announcement posts.

Happy Baking!

Cinnamon Crown Bundt Cake

Cinnamon Crown Bundt Cake

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs, at room temperature
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup milk, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • Confectioners sugar (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 10 or 12 cup Bundt pan.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar using an electric mixer on high speed until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each. Add the vanilla and beat to combine. Alternatively add the flour and milk, beginning and ending with the flour, mixing after each addition until combined. Do not over-mix. Pour half of the batter into the bundt pan.

In a bowl, stir together the nuts, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and applesauce. Add the mixture to the remaining half of the batter and stir to combine. Pour the batter into the bundt pan.

Bake 55 to 65 minutes until a toothpick or cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Cook cake in the pan for 15 minutes. Invert to remove cake onto a cooling rack. Cool completely. Dust with confectioners sugar if desired. Transfer to a serving plate, slice, and enjoy!

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{ 37 comments… read them below or add one }

Baker Street November 7, 2012 at 2:23 am

I love the idea of having two batters swirled in like this. Great technique. Cinnamon tops my list too, Renee! Your bundt is just stunning. Thank you for baking along with us this month! :)

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Jen @ Juanita's Cocina November 7, 2012 at 7:03 am

This is simply gorgeous, Renee! I’m thinking I may need to do #BundtaMonth!

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Paula @ Vintage Kitchen November 7, 2012 at 7:31 am

Just wonderful Renee, love cinnamon and applesauce together! Your bundt cake is majestic, really! Beautiful!

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Kate@Diethood November 7, 2012 at 8:10 am

I love me some cinnamon!! And your bundt is gorgeous…I want that pan! :)

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Barbara @ Barbara Bakes November 7, 2012 at 8:22 am

What a gorgeous bundt! Both inside and out.

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Stacy November 7, 2012 at 8:52 am

Oats and applesauce mean healthy, right? So your large piece for breakfast was good for you. And don’t you let anybody tell you different. :) What a gorgeous two-toned beauty you have created!

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Renee November 8, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Oh yes! Oats and applesauce do mean healthy. It was so great for breakfast.

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Anita at Hungry Couple November 7, 2012 at 8:54 am

I LOVE the way it looks in the center. I want a giant slice with a cup of tea, please!

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Renee November 8, 2012 at 2:22 pm

It would be nice with tea. And a giant slice is in order because it is so good!

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Dorothy at ShockinglyDelicious November 7, 2012 at 10:15 am

I vote you prettiest Bundt cake!

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Renee November 8, 2012 at 2:22 pm

Thank you so much Dorothy! I was so happy when I cut into the cake and saw the inside. It is a nice as the outside.

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Holly November 7, 2012 at 10:28 am

Wow– the inside of your cake is as beautiful as the outside! It must have been wonderful to eat. Simply gorgeous!

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Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom November 7, 2012 at 1:23 pm

Renee, what an absolutely exquisite and beautiful bundt! I love your bundt pan, wow! so beautiful! And I absolutely love putting applesauce in cakes, I think it helps to moisten the cake a bit and adds a nice flavor as well. Cinnamon is definitely up there for me as well, as far as spices are concerned! :) Love this post!

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Terry B Gardner (@tbgdesign) November 7, 2012 at 1:56 pm

delish!

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Renee November 8, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Thanks Terry! I’m glad you liked it.

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Carla November 7, 2012 at 1:56 pm

My fav spices are cinnamon and clove. Seriously I can’t break the two apart! Love the idea of this cake since it’s a nice change from chocolate I usually do.

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Renee November 8, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Hmmm…clove…I wonder how some would taste in this cake. Probably pretty good. I’ll have to remember that next time I bake this cake.

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Carrian@ohsweetbasil November 7, 2012 at 2:33 pm

YUM! The design even makes it look more delicious! I gotta go bundt pan shopping!

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Renee November 8, 2012 at 2:19 pm

I’m on the lookout for more bundt pans. They are so fun and add a certain flair to cake.

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Kayle (The Cooking Actress) November 7, 2012 at 4:37 pm

I adore cinnamon and this bundt cake looks so yummyy

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Renee November 8, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Thanks Kayle! It tastes as good as it looks. I promise!

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Jennie @themessybakerblog November 7, 2012 at 5:12 pm

Renee, this is one gorgeous bundt cake, and I love the use of applesauce to make it moist. Yum! Cinnamon is one of my fav spices, too.

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Renee November 8, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Thanks Jennie! Glad to hear you like cinnamon as much as I do. I could bake with it every day.

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Laura Dembowski November 7, 2012 at 8:36 pm

Oh my,that looks fabulous! I love cinnamon. And oats are always an excuse to eat more :)

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Renee November 8, 2012 at 2:18 pm

I agree! Oats do add a dose of healthy so I can have a few slices.

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Kate | Food Babbles November 7, 2012 at 9:48 pm

I love the use of apples and cinnamon. That is a gorgeous bundt!

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Renee November 8, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Yes, apples and cinnamon are a great combo. There is a subtle apple flavor and it works so well with the cinnamon, oats, and nuts.

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Lora @cakeduchess November 7, 2012 at 10:40 pm

Cinnamon is something I’d add to every thing I bake with if I could;) Your bundt is so pretty, Renee. I love the two colors and the shape of your pan. Applesauce makes cakes so much better:)thanks for sharing your lovely bundt with us again.

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Renee November 8, 2012 at 2:16 pm

Thank you Lora! I am going to look for more cake recipes with applesauce. I loved the way it made the cake moist.

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Angie@Angie's Recipes November 8, 2012 at 7:22 am

This looks absolutely fantastic, esp. the filling! Irresistible!

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Karen Hartzell (@InTheKitchenKP) November 8, 2012 at 8:08 am

I seriously have to try this! Love the layers and the flavors you featured. Just beautiful!

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Renee November 8, 2012 at 2:15 pm

Thanks Karen! I wondered how the layers would finish after baking and I had a big smile when I cut into it and saw how wonderful it turns out.

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Kim Bee November 8, 2012 at 11:50 am

This is truly stunning. I love how pretty your pan is. I need me one of those stat. I am such a sucker for cinnamon. This would be gone in a day in this house.

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Renee November 8, 2012 at 2:13 pm

Thanks Kim. I’ve had that pan for so long and it is one of my favorites.

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Katherine G November 12, 2012 at 1:16 pm

This looks so delicious!!!

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Laura November 13, 2012 at 12:34 am

Oats, applesauce and cinnamon is a marriage (menage a trois?) made in heaven. YUM!

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Deb @ knitstamatic November 15, 2012 at 9:01 pm

Just beautiful! I like the two batters. I often use applesauce in my cakes, it keeps them moist and adds a nice subtle flavor.

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