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Cinnamon Crown Bundt Cake for #BundtAMonth

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
3.67 from 3 votes

Cinnamon Crown Bundt Cake

A recipe for a bundt cake made with cinnamon, oats, nuts, and applesauce. The batter is divided and the vanilla portion bakes to form a crown over the cinnamon portion.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Renee


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter 2 sticks, 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


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 10 or 12 cup Bundt pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!

Recipe Notes

A recipe for a bundt cake made with cinnamon, oats, nuts, and applesauce. The batter is divided and the vanilla portion bakes to form a crown over the cinnamon portion.

Recipe adapted from the Bundt Cookbook by Nordic Ware.

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links.

Recipe Rating

Deb @ knitstamatic

Thursday 15th of November 2012

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


Tuesday 13th of November 2012

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

Katherine G

Monday 12th of November 2012

This looks so delicious!!!

Kim Bee

Thursday 8th of November 2012

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.


Thursday 8th of November 2012

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

Karen Hartzell (@InTheKitchenKP)

Thursday 8th of November 2012

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


Thursday 8th of November 2012

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.