Apple Pound Cake

Total Time:
2 hr 15 min
15 min
30 min
1 hr 30 min

16 to 20 slices

  • 5 jumbo-sized eggs, separated
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 4 sticks butter, plus 1 tablespoon, for pan
  • 3 cups cake flour, plus 2 tablespoons, for pan
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and diced into 1/8-inch pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • Special equipment: 10-inch Bundt cake pan

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Let the eggs, milk and butter come to room temperature on the counter before beginning. (Butter goes on the counter last.)

Butter the Bundt pan with 1 tablespoon of butter, then add 2 tablespoons of flour and shake and tap to coat the interior of the pan; set aside. Put the diced apples in a bowl with the cinnamon and lemon juice. In a large bowl or stand mixer add the butter and 2 cups of sugar and beat until smooth. Add the egg yolks, 1 at a time, and blend to completely incorporate before adding the next. The mixture will become very light in color. Add the buttermilk and the extracts and mix to combine. Stir in 3 cups of flour along with the baking powder and stir until incorporated.

In a separate clean dry bowl, whisk egg whites until foamy, then add the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar and whisk until shiny and soft peaks form when removing the whisk from the whites. Gently fold this into the cake batter. Pour half of the batter into the prepared pan. Arrange the apples in the center of the ring all the way around, being sure they don't touch the outer or inner edge of the pan. Pour in the remaining batter and bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes. Remove the cake from the oven and cool completely. Put a large plate or cake plate on top of the pan, then holding both together, flip them so that the curved bottom of the Bundt pan is on the top and the plate is resting on a flat surface. Slowly remove the pan from the cake by lifting it straight up. Slice and serve.

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    This cake was so incredible. I couldn't stop eating it. It was moist and so tender. BE SURE TO TAKE OUT 1/3 OF THE BATTER AND BAKE IN SEPARATE LOAF PAN. Thanks for sharing this gem, Sunny.
    Hardly any apples in the recipe and too much butter. You should call this cake, "butter cake"! 
    Very disappointed.
    Followed the recipe and the cake is great. Moist and flavorful. Made a glaze of confectioners sugar and apple liquor. Way to go. The recipe makes a lot of batter. I used the extra batter to make cupcakes Made12 standard size cupcakes. Baked them in the 325 degree oven for 18 to 20 minuites. They were moist and delish!
    This is a good recipe for pound cake!!!Delicous
    This cake was a big hit. I followed the recipe to the letter, except I used Pam spray with flour to oil the pan. While the recipe calls for a 10-cup bundt pan, I used the Nordic 15-cup Anniversary Bundt pan. Once in the oven, the batter rose to the extreme top of the pan - a quarter inch more and it would have spilled over, so a 10-cup pan is too small. Also, I lightly pounded the pan on the counter to get out the air bubbles. When I did this, apparently the apples fell to the bottom of the pan. This turned out to be a fortunate accident. The apples did not burn, but instead created a pretty pattern on the top of the cake when it was flipped out of the pan.
    i have made this cake 2 time and it came out good. you have to use a big bunt pan i have a 10 cup one that's the one i used and it went to the top but did not over flow it was fine. i cut out the lemon flavoring and add walnut . i thought that would be nice for the full. the cake is so light i am going to try whipping the egg whites in my other pound cake. i love this cake. every one should make it,just read the recipe all the way before making it and you should be fine.
    I made this and I had wonderful compliments. 
    I added an extra teaspoon of vanilla and an extra teaspoon of cinnamon 
    I also added 1 cup of walnuts and 1/2 cup of raisins. 
    on top of the cake, I premade oats,honey, raisins crumble granola on top.  
    it was very delicious!!!
    people please just get a bigger bundt pan i have use the pan you use to make angel food cakes you know the tall won with the smooth sides it works without the over flow and you use all the batter like you are suppose to
    I, like others, should have read the reviews before making this cake. I'm not looking forward to cleaning my oven after the pan overflowed. I think I will try it again, but will only use 2/3 of the batter. We shall see...
    It was the best pound cake I have ever had!
    It was great and everyone enjoyed the cake down to the last bite.
    Wish I had read the reviews before putting it into the oven. I have baked for years and years and never has anything like this happened. Started to smell something burning, thought oh no did it overflow? What a mess. Down the sides dripping all over the oven bottom. Still can't believe this happened. If you do want to try out this recipe I suggust as the others fill only 2/3 full and maybe but the rest into a loaf pan and bake along side. Sure the loaf pan will not need same amount of baking time though. Not looking forward to cleaning up the mess and company is coming.
    Tasty! Remember to fill your pan half way....
    Delish! I tried this recipe because I'd never heard of a pound cake with whipped egg gave it a lightness I liked. Be sure to only fill your cake pan 2/3 way loaf pan of batter baked up great too.

    I substituted blueberries tossed with a tiny bit of lemon juice and cinnamon instead of apples. Really was a great taste.

    In the TV airing, Sunny whipped the egg whites, then transferred them to another bowl, rinsed out the 1st bowl and then did her butter/sugar cream, etc. Clever! I also had never folded my egg whites into cake batter using the paddle attachment as she did...but, it worked perfectly. Thanks, Sunny!
    A-mazing!! Dont listen to the poor reviews, just follow the recipe and dont over fill your pan. It was so wonderful! I didn't find it at all difficult!
    Mine didn't spill over and it started burning about 45 minutes into the cooking time. It was ok, nothing I'll make again though.
    Have never tasted a better pound cake!
    I made this cake it was delicious when the show first aired . I messed up my handwritten copy and was shocked about the reviews. I am about to make it again for a family gathering. Great and moist.
    It was easy to make and it taste delicious
    This was very easy to make and very good. Take note fill your pan 3/4 of the way or it will over flow.
    Absolutely delicious, have made this twice already. The first time was for Christmas and everyone loved it. Very easy and no problems with overflow. I think I might increase the apples next time. I'm not a one who cooks much so I'm not sure why others had a problem. Don't be afraid to try this one! I'll be amking it again.
    I made this cake for Christmas and it was a huge hit. I red the reviews and used two apples, which increased the apple flavor. I also used a 15 cup NordicWare anniversary bundt pan. It's deep and tall and kept all of the delicious batter in! I'm a pastry student and I bake often so I didn't find this cake challenging but after reading some of the reviews I was surprised to see some people struggling with the cake instructions or with overflow. My suggestion is to fill your pan 2/3 full, to make sure you have a pre-heated oven and to make sure your oven is properly calibrated. Have fun and if it doesn't come out right the first time try it again, it's just CAKE!
    I am a very experienced baker and was intrigued by a pound cake with whipped egg whites. I followed the recipe including using cake flour and the batter overflowed big time. I watched the episode and I didn't notice that the bundt pan was super gigantic so I think there is something wrong with the recipe. I didn't read the reviews because I saw the recipe demo'd and saw it had an average of 4 stars, I won't make that mistake again because I see by looking at the reviews that people who haven't made the recipe gave it 5 stars based on looks.  
    The good thing is that the overflow which landed on the cookie sheet was absolutely the most delicious flavor. The cake in the bundt pan did not fare so well. It caved in in the middle and never really cooked on the inside even after 2 hours in the oven. It was so moist it was gooey. I don't think I'll throw it out but I may have to deconstruct it into a baking pan to try drying it out. 
    I haven't made this yet although oh yes i want 2 try this one but make sure i have all of the ingredients i need it looks lovely and the cassarole one 2 with just 2 boneless skinless chicken breast yummmmy i want 2 try it:)
    i will be making this cake for Xmas can't wait to tasted
    My family really enjoyed this cake, even though I forgot to separate my eggs. It still turned out great. It was way too much batter for one bundt pan so next time I will use a bundt pan and a loaf pan. I also doubled the apple mixture! This was my first recipe from Sunny will be trying many more. THANKS CR
    Thank you SO much for sharing your grandmother's recipe! This cake was absolutely DELICIOUS! Cottony-soft, moist, buttery, FABULOUS! Our family LOVED it! It was gone before dessert! :-)
    Sunny, babygirl. I made this cake and as the kids say "OMG"!!! It was smokin!!! It didn't spill out of the 10" bundt pan. I made some adjustments though. I used three sticks of butter, 1 1/2 tsp baking powderand it came out perfect and delicious. Made a honey apple glaze to go over it. Got raves and accolades from it and requests to make it again. Next time I think I'll slice apples thin instead of dicing. If it gets any better It'll probaably hurt something.!!!! Thanks babygirl!!! Keep on cooking Texas style. Lovin' it CAZ
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