Caramel Apple Cake

 I was trying to think of something fancier to call this cake, but alas, I came up empty.
This cake is so good, y’all!

I made this cake for Thanksgiving, but it’s not exclusively a holiday dessert. It’s a wonderfully delicious any time you’re craving cake cake!

I looked up several apple cake recipes before landing on one from EatInEatOut. I tweaked it a bit & made it my own. The original recipe has nuts & is frosted with maple buttercream & pecans – it looks really amazing! I wanted to go the caramel route, so I decided on caramel buttercream & sauce with toffee chip garnish.

The caramel sauce & caramel buttercream recipes are amazing enough to merit their own post, but since I put it all together I wanted to give you guys the full picture.

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Yep.

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Seriously, SO GOOD!

The cake itself is really yummy even without frosting. With a few tweaks it would make a great apple muffin recipe. Hmm…

It also wasn’t terribly difficult! I used honeycrisp apples & the hardest part is probably dicing them, but I took a few shortcuts. I peeled them, used an apple slicer to slice & core them, then used a slap-chop to get little crunchy pieces of yum.

The batter before adding the apples is really thick! Reminded me of gingerbread cookie dough. But the apples are very moist & so once I stirred those in the batter was more cake-y than cookie-y.

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The caramel sauce is amazing. I got it from The Pioneer Woman. Truly it’s more of a brown sugar sauce than caramel, but the taste & consistency are caramel-y enough for me! It reminds me a lot of sugary glaze part of the monkey bread muffins I’ve made previously – but much richer. At first I was worried it was too runny, but that was only because it was piping hot. So if you make this recipe & think the caramel sauce is too runny, it’s probably fine – just melted!

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Of course, this cake also needed some buttercream. So I looked up the Wilton caramel buttercream recipe & just changed the proportions to suite my needs. The below recipe made just enough buttercream for this cake.

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This cake is definitely worth all the work. It really wasn’t so bad. I put on some Christmas music, poured a glass of wine, & got to work while my husband kept me company in the kitchen.

Later on I frosted the cakes with the buttercream & put toffee chips all around the bottom. Then, I poured the caramel sauce all over it. This was one of the easiest cake decorating jobs ever. This cake is just as delicious as it is pretty!

Everyone loved it! The cake has a great apple flavor & the caramel sauce is slightly salty which offsets all the sweetness. The buttercream is creamy (well yeah, it should be, right?) & delicious.

All 3 of these recipes are winners. Put them together & they are unbelievable!

Apple Cake

Recipe adapted from EatInEatOut.
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 apples, finely chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray two 8in. cake pans with baking spray.
  2. In a bowl mix flour, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, salt & baking soda.
  3. In a separate bowl, use an electric mixer to beat eggs, sugar, vanilla & oil for 2 minutes.
  4. Slowly add dry ingredients to mixer bowl until combined. The batter will be really thick.
  5. Stir in apples by hand; batter will become less thick. Pour batter into cake pans. Bake until done in the center; 40-45 minutes.
  6. Cool completely before frosting.

Caramel Sauce

Recipe from The Pioneer Woman (heavy cream version)

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 stick salted butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  1. Mix all ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a low boil & whisk gently for 5 to 7 minutes.
  2. Caramel will be runny when hot, but thicken as it cools. Caramel will harden in the fridge; to bring to pourable consistency microwave for a few seconds at a time. For cake decorating, caramel should be cool but pourable.

Caramel Buttercream

Recipe adapted from Wilton
  • 1/4 cup solid vegetable shortening
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup caramel sauce
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1-2 tbsp heavy cream
  1. With an electric mixer, cream shortening and butter. Add caramel sauce and vanilla.
  2. Add powdered sugar one cup at a time, beating on medium speed until fully incorporated.
  3. When all sugar has been mixed in, add heavy cream a little at a time until light and fluffy.
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9 thoughts on “Caramel Apple Cake

  1. Angela G. December 3, 2015 at 7:36 AM Reply

    Looks sinful and delicious! Thanks for sharing! 🙂 xx

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    • Gina December 3, 2015 at 8:44 AM Reply

      Happy to share! Thanks for the compliment 🙂

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  2. Coastal Kelder December 4, 2015 at 9:47 AM Reply

    Oh my goodness this made me drool this morning. It it’s fabulous!

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  3. projectpatrol December 4, 2015 at 10:27 AM Reply

    I’m drooling as well!

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    • Gina December 4, 2015 at 12:07 PM Reply

      😀 It was very hard not to cut into this cake before Thanksgiving dinner!

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  4. lelaburris January 12, 2016 at 1:34 PM Reply

    I am in love with this cake! I can’t wait to try it! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe at Inspiration Thursday. Glad you stopped by!

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    • Gina January 12, 2016 at 1:35 PM Reply

      🙂 I am glad the link party is back this year!

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