Caramel Apple Cake Recipe
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Caramel Apple Cake Recipe

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When I go to potlucks, family gatherings or on hunting and fishing trips with my husband and son, this cake is one of my favorite desserts to bring. The flavorful cake stays moist as long as it lasts, which isn't long! -Marilyn Paradis, Woodburn, Oregon
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 1-1/2 hours + cooling
MAKES:16 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 1-1/2 hours + cooling
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups canola oil
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3-1/2 cups diced peeled apples
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • Dash salt
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • Chopped walnuts, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 528 calories, 29 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 50 mg cholesterol, 211 mg sodium, 63 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 6 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the oil, sugars and eggs until well blended. Combine the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and nutmeg; gradually add to creamed mixture until blended. Fold in the apples, walnuts and vanilla.
  2. Pour into a greased and floured 10-in. fluted tube pan. Bake at 325° for 1-1/2 hours or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
  3. In a small heavy saucepan over medium-low heat, cook and stir the brown sugar, cream, butter and salt until sugar is dissolved. Transfer to a small bowl; cool to room temperature. Beat in confectioners' sugar until smooth; drizzle over cake. Sprinkle with walnuts if desired. Yield: 16 servings.
Originally published as Caramel Apple Cake in Taste of Home October/November 1994, p39

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Reviewed Oct. 25, 2015

"This turned out perfect exactly the way the recipe calls for ... timing and everything! The only thing I did was put the cake in the refrigerator on the cooling rack to speed up the cooling. I did the same thing when waiting for the icing to cool. The only reason was to save time. I also used granny smith apples and it turned out "melt in your mouth" delicious! I'm saving it as a favorite!"

Reviewed Oct. 24, 2015

"I have made this cake twice for church events and both times I have come home with an empty cake platter. It came out moist and perfect. I did put a little more powdered sugar in the icing to thicken it up but other than that I followed the recipe as written. All I can say is yummy, yummy, yummy! This cake is awesome! It will definitely be made again and again."

Reviewed Sep. 26, 2015

"Delicious! This cake turns out perfectly every time I bake it. Everyone us always asking for the recipe. It stays nice and moist!"

Reviewed Nov. 29, 2014

"Cake was done and delicious after 70 minutes. My glaze still kind of ran off of the cake, even after cooling for a couple hours, but everything was still very good!"

Reviewed Nov. 29, 2014

"Actually, in 1999, I recall making this cake and then I made it again 11/29/14. I used 1 tsp. salt, rather than 1/2 tsp. salt. I also mixed the peeled chopped apples with 1/3 cup cinnamon-sugar mixture! I baked the cake at 325o F. in a greased and floured 10" Bundt pan for 75 minutes even and it tested done! I used 1 cup EACH of packed brown sugar and granulated sugar for the batter! When I made the icing, I'd used 4 cups of confectioners' sugar and kept stirring the icing to make sure it was easy to spread. Instead of cream, I used 2% milk. I also omitted the salt called for in the icing! I cooled the cake 10 minutes, then turned out to cool on wire rack. I iced the cake ahead of time to make sure that the icing would not get hard later on! The warmth of the finished cake made it easier for the icing to adhere! What was LEFT of the caramel icing glaze, I thinned out with just enough warm water and spooned it over my other cake which I'd made: A Spiced Apple Cake! The first cake also had a caramel icing, but this 2nd recipe for caramel icing was lighter in color and gave a really nice contrast of light and dark glaze! I omitted the nuts due to people having allergies! I'd also added 1 Tbsp. ground orange peel in the cake batter for a tang of citrus! delowenstein"

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