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Hungarian Baking: Sour Cream Bundt Cake With Apple Filling

Updated on November 30, 2016
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Cooking, eating, entertaining, having a good time... it's why I collect recipes and share them. Plus I'm half Hungarian,that explains alot.

The Apple Bundt Cake from the Szegedi Region of Hungary

Delicious Apple Cakes
Delicious Apple Cakes

Hungarians make wonderful Desserts!

Apple cakes are perhaps the favorite Hungarian cake recipe known by most Americans.

Sometimes they are intricate and fancy affairs, like apple pite, but most of the apple cakes are delicious homebaked cakes which are loved by all. You know the ones: cakes that Grandma used to bake.

These are the recipes I wanted to share with you, added to the Hungarian Food collection of pages. From the Szegedi cake (named for a region of Hungary) which is perfect for company, to the easy Hungarian apple cake that is delightful to make for a family dessert.

Szegedi Cake

The name 'Szegedi' means this recipe came from the Szeged region of Hungary. Located on the Great Plain on the southern border of Hungary, Szeged is renowned for their paprika, their salami, and goulash stews cooked in open pots.

Szegedi Apple Cake

The original name for this bundt cake
The original name for this bundt cake

Family Favorite

I make this dessert recipe at Christmas or for company, it is so pretty sprinkled with a lacey covering of confectioner's sugar.

This cake has a rich sour cream batter, with an inner filling of chopped apples and walnuts.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Serves: 12


  • 3/4 c. butter 2 tsp. cinnamon 1/2 c.brown sugar
  • 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
  • 3/4 c.sugar
  • 3 eggs -separated; whites stiffly beaten
  • pinch salt
  • 2 tsp.baking powder
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 chopped medium apples
  • confectioners sugar


  1. Stir 2 tsp. butter and brown sugar, cinnamon and walnuts 'til crumbly.
  2. Beat butter and white sugar 'til creamy. Add egg yolks. Add flour, salt, and baking powder, alternating with sour cream.
  3. Fold in stiff egg whites. Turn 1/2 batter into greased tube pan Sprinkle with the walnut mixture, then apples.
  4. Top with remaining batter.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes
4.3 stars from 6 ratings of Szegedi Apple Bundt Cake

Swirl Bundt Cake Pan

Give Your Cake a Beautiful Shape

I love the molded shapes of bundt cakes, they are a great way to show off your enticing apple cake or rich pound cakes. Just a dusting of powdered sugar or a lick of glaze will present a pretty look. The center will hold a dollop of whipped cream or pile of sweet fruit. This particular shape with the swirls is one of my favorites.

Use This Swirl Bundt Pan

Nordic Ware Platinum Collection Heritage Bundt Pan
Nordic Ware Platinum Collection Heritage Bundt Pan

The sophisticated swirl design gives your cakes panache. Just dust with confectioners sugar or drizzle with glaze. It gives the bundt cake its distinctive shape.

Your cake is presentable to company with just its shape and your baking! talents.


I use a Fluted Baking Pan

A Bundt pan gives a decorative shape to your apple cake, and this is the one I use. I bought it back when I first started learning to bake, so many years ago. Little did I know how long and dependably it would serve me!

Owned my Nordic Ware brand Bundt pan for decades.

I love the original shape, and it has been used for countless batches of cakes- Hungarian apple, Peanut Butter pound cake, and more...

There are gorgeous and unusual Bundt pan shapes. A very pretty one would have a multitude of uses: these are perfect for pound cakes, too.

Apple Cake Tip

When sprinkling confectioner's sugar on the cake, use a paper doily to make a lace pattern. Simply hold the doily over the cake,sprinkle powdered sugar through it.

Removing the Cake Perfectly

Bonus Recipes

If you liked my Bundt cake recipe you might enjoy these traditional apple coffee cakes from Hungarian kitchens, as well.

Make Quick Work Of Peeling The Apples With A Parer

Hungarian Apple Lattice Cake - Like a pie

Use a jelly roll pan or a cookie sheet with sides for this recipe.

This recipe was passed down from a "home cook"; many such recipes take for granted that you know something about baking. Be ready to adjust oven temperatures and times to fit your oven. Use good baking apples like Granny Smith, and if you need a clue to amount of sugar to use, borrow amounts from an apple pie recipe you like. Or add to filling and taste until you like the result.

Cake With Toppings Of Nut and Fruit

Cook Time

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Serves: 12


  • 8 cups flour
  • 1 lb. butter
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 pint sour cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 8 apples thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs (opt)
  • sugar to taste
  • 2/3 cup ground walnuts
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • additional sugar and ground nuts for top


  1. Separate eggs into yolks and whites.
  2. ~~Mix dry ingredients~~
  3. Combine flour, salt, baking powder, sugar and baking soda with butter in the method you would pie dough (cut in with pastry blender).
  4. ~~Mix liquid ingredients~~
  5. Beat egg yolks, add sour cream, lemon juice, and vanilla.
  6. Combine liquid with dry ingredients.
  7. ~~Assemble~~
  8. Divide dough into two pieces and roll out, not too thin. Line greased cookie sheet with one layer of dough.
  9. Combine the apple slices with graham cracker crumbs, ground nuts and arrange on bottom dough layer,
  10. Sprinkle with a couple teaspoons of sugar, dot with butter.
  11. Roll out second layer of dough, cut into strips. Arrange strips in lattice pattern over filling layer.
  12. Beat egg whites stiff and spread ( not too smoothly) over top of lattice. sprinkle with some added sugar and ground nuts.
  13. Bake at 375 degrees until light brown. Approximately 35 minutes.

Apple Coffee Cake with Poppy Seed


Easy Hungarian Apple Cake - Harvest Torte

This one is everyday easy. Comes out like a moist spice coffee cake.

You can add a 1/4 cup currants or dust top with powdered sugar if desired.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Serves: 6


  • 4 cups apples, diced, unpared
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 Tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup flour, sifted
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup pitted dates
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Mix all ingredients together, stir well. Pour into greased 8x8x2 inch baking pan.
  2. Bake for 40 minutes until done in 400 degrees (hot) oven.
  3. Cool, cut into squares, and serve with whipped cream or ice cream.

Best Cake Apples

Firm, crisp apples, such as Galas, Granny Smiths, or Fujis

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Take The Cake - With this Handy Carrier

If you go to potlucks or family reunions, or have need to transport one of your cake creations anywhere this cake carrier will come in handy.

Take your Cakes to Potlucks, Church Dinners, and Family Holidays

Prepworks by Progressive Collapsible Cupcake and Cake Carrier - Red
Prepworks by Progressive Collapsible Cupcake and Cake Carrier - Red

Removable tiered cupcake trays make this a highly versatile carrier. Take your cakes and cupcakes safely to any event. Features include measures of 16 inches in diameter, collapsible lid, clip fasteners, handle, and it carries both round and square cakes.


Do you like Apple Cakes?

If you try any of these recipes I'd just love to hear how you liked it or any tweaks or suggestions you would like to make.

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    • Ilonagarden profile image

      Ilona E 2 years ago from Ohio

      Both I'd guess. There were always professional bakers, and now there are those who bake as their main hobby.

    • Patsybell profile image

      Patsy Bell Hobson 2 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

      Is baking A hobby or profession?

    • Ilonagarden profile image

      Ilona E 2 years ago from Ohio

      I hope you do :) It has always been my favorite.

    • Patsybell profile image

      Patsy Bell Hobson 2 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

      Apple season is just coming on in this part of the country. I am looking forward to trying the the bundt cake recipe first.

    • Hannah David Cini profile image

      Hannah David Cini 3 years ago from Nottingham

      This sounds gorgeous. I absolutely love apples in cake. I have never tried graham crackers in the cake mix and am really interested to try. Thanks for sharing.