Apple Cake with Caramel Topping Recipe
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Apple Cake with Caramel Topping Recipe

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Meet the Cook: A wonderful harvest of apples that we picked up at a local orchard one year inspired me to adjust a recipe I'd seen and come up with this moist cake. After we were married, I learned through trial and error (at times, lots of those!) to cook for my husband. Today, he and I have two grown children. -Paulette Reyenga, Brantford, Ontario
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES:12-15 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12-15 servings


  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cups finely shredded peeled apples
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 298 calories, 8 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 36 mg cholesterol, 353 mg sodium, 53 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 5 g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, combine the walnuts, brown sugar and coconut; set aside. In another bowl, combine the next six ingredients.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, water and apples. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.
  3. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with nut mixture. Bake at 325° for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  4. Meanwhile, in a heavy saucepan, combine the topping ingredients; cook over medium heat until sugar is dissolved and the mixture has thickened slightly, about 8 minutes, stirring constantly.
  5. Poke holes with a fork in top of the hot cake; immediately spoon topping over cake. Cool completely on a wire rack. Yield: 12-15 servings.
Originally published as Caramel Apple Cake in Country Woman May/June 1996, p33

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Reviewed Jan. 22, 2015

"Easy to make, the grated apples make the cake moist and flavorful. I chose to add a tsp of vanilla for more flavor. The topping infused the cake with moist sweet flavor. I did not have coconut, so used more nuts. I look forward to trying it with the added coconut. Nice breakfast coffee cake or dessert."

Reviewed Nov. 2, 2009

"I made it as a ring cake and put the "topping in the bottom of the pan". It was an awesome halloween party dessert. Very moist."

Reviewed Mar. 8, 2008

"This cake doesn't have any shortening in the batter - is this correct?"

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