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Caramel apple cake recipe

Caramel apple cake recipe

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This moist apple cake is perfect for any occasion. It's packed full of apples, raisins, coconut and walnuts. The delicious caramel glaze is really the icing on the cake!

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IngredientsServes: 14

  • For the Cake
  • 250ml vegetable oil
  • 110g butter, softened
  • 300g caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 375g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 250g peeled and diced apples
  • 75g desiccated coconut
  • 150g raisins
  • 120g chopped walnuts
  • For the Glaze
  • 150g dark brown soft sugar
  • 110g butter
  • 4 tablespoons milk

MethodPrep:20min ›Cook:1hr35min ›Extra time:2hr cooling › Ready in:3hr55min

  1. Preheat oven to 170 C / Gas 3. Grease and flour one 26cm tube cake tin.
  2. Combine oil, butter and sugar together. Beat well with a mixer. Add eggs, flour, bicarbonate of soda, salt and vanilla; mix well. Stir in apples, coconut, raisins and walnuts. Pour batter in prepared tin.
  3. Bake for 90 minutes. Remove cake from oven. Let it cool in the tin for a few minutes and then remove from tin.
  4. In a small saucepan, heat dark brown soft sugar, butter and milk. Bring mixture to the boil and stir for 1 minute. Pour over warm cake.

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Reviews in English (14)

by Jillian

This was so good. I didn't have a tube pan so I used a 9x13 inch pan and reduced the cooking time. My husband took the rest to work and it was gone in no time.-28 May 2008

by RayColsOh

I added 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon, 3/4 teaspoons ground cloves and 3/4 teaspoons ground allspice. I also sprinkled additional walnuts on top before baking. Awesome!-20 Feb 2011

Recipe Summary

  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups thinly sliced apples
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 12-cup fluted tube baking pan (such as a Bundt® pan).

Combine white sugar and vegetable oil in the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment beat in eggs and stir in vanilla extract.

Combine flour, baking soda, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl. Stir flour mixture into egg mixture until just blended. Stir in apples and pecans by hand to form a very heavy batter. Pour into the prepared pan.

Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, about 1 hour and 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and leave cake in the pan.

Combine butter, brown sugar, milk, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and cook until a thickened glaze is formed, about 1 minute.

Pull the cake away from the sides of the pan with a fork. Pour glaze onto the cake immediately. Let cake cool in pan, about 10 minutes.

Easy Caramel Apple Dump Cake Made With Pie Filling & Yellow Cake Mix

  • 2 (21 ounce) cans apple pie filling
  • 1/2 (11 ounce) bag caramel bits (found in the baking section)
  • 1 (15 ounce) box yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
  • vanilla ice cream for serving (optional)

Start off by greasing a large 9吉 baking dish with non-stick spray, and then spread both cans of apple pie filling onto the bottom of the dish.

Evenly sprinkle about half of the bag of caramel bits over top.

Dump and spread the dry cake mix over top.

Melt the butter and pour it all over the top, covering as much of the dry cake mix as you can.

Bake uncovered in a 350 degree oven for 30-40 minutes or until the buttery cake mix turns golden brown.

Let it cool for about 5 minutes and then serve warm with vanilla ice cream. This yummy dump cake is just as good leftover warmed up in the microwave! In fact, the cake topping gets crispier the longer it sits, so I think it’s even better the next day (if you’re lucky enough to have any left).

Looking for quick and easy dessert recipes? This apple dump cake is so simple to make with just a few ingredients including pie filling and boxed cake mix! It's perfect for fall, especially Thanksgiving or Christmas when you're feeding a crowd. Your entire family will love this impressive sweet treat served warm with vanilla ice cream.

  • 2 (21 ounce) cans apple pie filling
  • 1/2 (11 ounce) bag caramel bits (found in the baking section by the chocolate chips)
  • 1 (15 ounce) box yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup melted butter (2 sticks)

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9x13 baking dish with non-stick spray.

Spread both cans of apple pie filling onto the bottom of your prepared dish.

Sprinkle about half of the bag of caramel bits evenly over the top of the pie filling.

Evenly distribute the dry cake mix over top.

Pour the melted butter evenly over the cake mix covering as much of it as you can.

Bake uncovered in the center rack for 30-40 minutes or until the buttery cake mix turns a deep golden brown.

Allow it to cool for about 5 minutes and then serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

  • You could also sprinkle a handful of chopped pecans in with the caramel bits for added crunch, and if you really like spice, try sprinkling extra cinnamon or nutmeg over the cake mix before adding the butter.
  • Place any leftovers covered in the fridge for up to 5 days and reheat in the microwave. It's just as good leftover!

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The cinnamon apple filling.

For the filling you need apples, peel and dice them. I needed exactly 3 fist-sized apples to get 2+½ cups of peeled and diced apples. The measuring of 2+½ cups relies on the apples when they are already peeled and diced.

Place apples, sugar, cinnamon, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and butter in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat about 10 minutes until the apples are soft.

Set aside and let come to room temperature.

I'm sure that you love how your house smells right now. All that apple, cinnamon, and caramel smells are so awesome and will make you craving this Caramel Apple Cake so bad!


In a mixing bowl with electric mixer, beat together sugar, oil, cinnamon, and vanilla. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Mix in the flour, baking powder, and salt, stirring just until blended. Stir in apples.

Pour apple cake batter into a greased 9-inch square pan. Bake at 350 degrees F until cake springs back when touched lightly in the center, about 30 to 40 minutes.

With a fork, pierce cake all over. Pour hot caramel topping over cake. Serve warm or at room temperature with a dollop of sweetened whipped cream or whipped topping.

For Caramel Topping: Combine brown sugar, butter, and cream in a heavy saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil.

Reduce heat to a simmer and continue cooking and stirring for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.

Absolutely. Edna Lewis designed this cake to be more like apples held together by cake rather than a cake with the occasional piece of apple. As a result, the texture is sorta spongy and pudding-like, although we quite like it. You may want to enlist the help of others before you start peeling.

Easy Caramel Apple Cake Recipe (video)

Apples and caramel are a match made in heaven and this easy caramel apple cake is proof! It’s so delicious and packed with apple flavor! I make this apple cake recipe with a caramel cake batter using my Homemade Caramel Sauce recipe and diced, sweet apples. It’s also topped with my Homemade Apple Butter, more caramel and whipped cream! Every bite of this fall dessert is bursting with incredible flavor!

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Caramel Cake Batter

You’ll love easy this caramel apple cake is to make! It’s starts with an amazing caramel cake batter. For this recipe, I’m using my Homemade Caramel Sauce recipe. This sauce is so easy to make and always a hit! You can also use store-bought caramel sauce or even canned dulce de leche for this recipe.

Simply combine all the wet ingredients and sugar in a large bowl: eggs, buttermilk, oil, vanilla, sugar and caramel. Whisk them together for a few minutes until smooth. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Sift the dry ingredients into the batter and stir until well incorporated.

Adding the Apples

Once you have the caramel cake batter ready, it’s time for the apples! I recommend using a firm variety of apples for this apple cake for best results. I love Granny Smith apples for baking! Dice the apples into small, pea-sized pieces the skin be left on or peeled. Toss the apples with a bit of cornstarch and ground cinnamon. The cinnamon will add lots of flavor to the cake and the cornstarch will help thicken the apple juices as the apples bake!

Fold about two-thirds of the apples into the cake batter and sprinkle the rest on top. Now, the cake is ready for the oven!

Why is My Cake Dark?

If you check out the edges of my caramel apple cake, you’ll notice the edges look nicely caramelized. And that’s because we added the caramel into the cake batter! The sugar crystals will caramelize further as the cake bakes, making the edges of the cake almost toffee-like. Don’t worry! This will not affect the flavor of the cake and it will not taste burnt!

The Delicious Toppings

Once your apple cake is all done baking, let it cool completely and then work on the toppings. I love to add even more apple flavor to the cake by spreading some homemade apple butter on the top. Check out my separate video recipe for making this spread at home. You can also use store-bought apple butter.

For frosting this caramel cake, I went with a simple whipped cream. It’s super easy to make with just heavy cream, sugar and vanilla. Whisk the cream until stiff peaks form, then top the cake with the frosting. I also like to drizzle more caramel sauce over the top and add a sprinkling of cinnamon. Enjoy the cake for breakfast as a coffee cake, or after dinner for dessert!

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Caramel Apple Dump Cake with Cake Mix

For this recipe, you’ll use a store-bought box cake mix, to keep things even easier! Grab a butter golden cake mix, however feel free to experiment or try a different cake mix if it’s all you have on hand!

Other Cake Mixes that May Work:

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  • white cake mix
  • yellow cake mix
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Apple Cake With Caramel Glaze

Heat oven to 325°F. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium-high, beat the butter and the granulated and brown sugars until light and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition.

In another bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Using a wooden spoon, gradually add the flour mixture to the egg mixture. The batter should be very thick. Stir in the apples, pecans, and vanilla. Scrape the batter into a buttered and floured 9-by-13-inch baking pan.

Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 50 to 60 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack. Let cool for at least 10 minutes while you make the Caramel Glaze, if using. With a spatula, loosen the sides of the cake. If you want to remove it from the pan, invert it onto a baking sheet, then invert it again, right-side up, onto a platter. With a toothpick or fork, poke holes all over the surface. Pour on the warm sauce. Serve warm or at room temperature, with ice cream, if desired.

Caramel apple cake recipe

To make caramel apple cake, whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer (or use a hand mixer), beat together eggs and vegatble oil on medium speed until smooth, about one minute. Add the sugar and vanilla and beat until incorporated, about 30 seconds. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the flour mixture until just incorporated. It’s okay if there are a few bits of flour showing.

Remove the bowl from the stand mixer and use a rubber spatula to stir in chopped apples. The batter will be thick because there are a lot of apples (this a great thing – trust me!)

Pour the batter into a greased 9X13 inch cake pan. Use a spatula to spread the batter evenly in the pan. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until the cake is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Allow the cake to cool completely in the pan.

Each square of cake is tender thanks to the apples. During the baking process, the natural juices in the apples seep out into the cake and create an unbelievable flavor. Sweet, but not too sweet, blending perfectly with the cinnamon.

Rather than layering this cake with frosting, we drizzle homemade caramel sauce over the top. The sugar creates a slight crackly top, which is softened up with a drizzle of the homemade caramel.

We use our easy three ingredient caramel sauce for this cake. If you have never made caramel from scratch, I suggest giving it a try! You can store any leftovers in a jar in the fridge. Use it later for ice cream sundaes!

If you’re aching for some fall dessert, this fresh caramel apple cake is where it’s at. It’s the absolute best apple cake recipe. Cinnamon, caramel and applies create the perfect dessert to put you in the mood for fall!