Better Than Starbucks Apple Pound Cake


Better Than Starbucks Apple Pound Cake


Starbucks Apple Pound Cake
Starbucks Apple Pound Cake

You can stop searching for the best fall dessert recipe because you have just stumbled upon it. This Better Than Starbucks Apple Pound Cake recipe will be the hit of the autumn season. Cinnamon roasted apples are the star of this pound cake recipe.
A simple pound cake recipe creates the base for this homemade Starbucks recipe. The roasted apples form the top layer of the cake. The cake is best served with a caramel syrup drizzled over the top. The recipe calls for a mini cheesecake pan in order to create 6 mini cakes, just like how Starbucks serves their version.
This recipe can also be easily adapted to create one large cake by using a springform pan -- just make sure to increase your cooking time and keep a close eye on how it's baking.  Serve these adorable cakes at a dinner party, bring them to a potluck, or give them as an edible gift during the holidays.

Makes6 Mini Cakes

Cooking Time1 hr 5 min

Cooking MethodOven

Cooking Vessel SizeMini Cheesecake Pan


  • 4 Granny Smith Apples
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

  2. Core and dice the apples. Place in a large bowl and coat with 1/4 cup of the sugar and the ground cinnamon.

  3. Place the coated apples on a baking pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes, stirring after 10 minutes. Set the roasted apples aside to cool. Turn the oven down to 300 degrees F.

  4. In a mixer, cream together the softened butter and remaining 1 1/4 cups sugar.

  5. Blend in the milk and vanilla extract.

  6. Add the eggs, one at a time. Beat well after each egg.

  7. Mix the dry ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl. Slowing add the dry ingredients to the mixer. Mix until combined.

  8. Spray a mini cheesecake pan with non-stick cooking spray. Fill each part of the pan halfway full with the batter. Top with the roasted apples over the batter.

  9. Bake in the 300 degree F oven for 65-75 minutes (or longer depending on the oven). Keep a close eye on the mini cakes. Cool for 5 minutes and remove the individual cakes from the pan.

  10. Serve warm with caramel sauce.

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This cake sounded so good that I had to make it right away. OMG it is so good. My husband and I are really enjoying it. I made it in a 10" springform pan and baked it for appox. 90 300 degrees. EXCELLENT!!

What size springform pan would you suggest? I have a 10" pan, is that too big?

A 10 inch springform pan sounds like it worked great for dzhuni 8583490. If using a smalled springform pan, keep an eye on the cake since the baking times will change.

do you peel the apples before you roast them? and would you double the recipe to make in springform pan?

We did not peel the apples, but they can be peeled before packing if you prefer. You do NOT need to double the recipe for a springform pan since it makes 6 mini pound cakes. Just be sure to watch the oven times, as they will vary and increase for a larger pan. Happy baking!

This pound cake was much better than Starbucks'! It was so much more moist and had a way better apple flavor. I loved it!

I usually am not a fan of apple desserts, but this cake was delicious! I'm not a fan of apple chunks, but that is a personal preference. The caramel syrup was great.

A perfect sweet treat for any time of the day!

This apple pound cake is heavenly. I loved that it was dense and moist, but still light. The apple cinnamon flavor was simple and balanced the cake nicely. I would definitely make this again! I also like the idea of bringing these to fall potlucks or parties - I'm sure they would be a hit!

I was fortunate enough to sample this apple pound cake, and found that I really enjoyed it! I'm not normally a cooked-apple person, but this cake was moist, tender, and flavorful. I may just have to make it at home!

I don't typically like apple desserts but I loved this pound cake! It was sweeter than some pound cake I've had, but that's what I loved about it. Definitely would go great with a hot coffee for breakfast.

Talk about delicious! I absolutely loved the cinnamon and apple combination in this pound cake. I wish I could eat this for every meal!

I looooooved this apple pound cake. The apples were seasoned so perfectly and tasted just like fall. I especially likes that the cake was moist, unlike many pound cakes that are dense and dry. This apple pound cake really did taste better than the Starbucks version!


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