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!
Enjoyed this delicious and easy fall recipe? Check out some of my other recipes you’re sure to enjoy!
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- Apple Tart – this stunning tart is made with an all-butter crust, apple butter and beautifully arranged apples!
- Easy Apple Fritters – these easy donuts are made with diced apples, cinnamon and a simple glaze!
- Cranberry Apple Crisp – the easiest apple recipe with crispy and crumble oat, almond and cranberry topping!
- Apple Pie Caramel Cheesecake – the best caramel cheesecake topped with apple pie filling and whipped cream!
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