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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 1-1/2 hours + cooling
MAKES: 16 servings

Ingredients

  • 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 McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • CARAMEL ICING:
  • 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.

Directions

  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

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.

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Reviewed Nov. 5, 2014 Edited Nov. 6, 2014

"This cake is awesome"

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Reviewed Nov. 4, 2014

"My new favorite cake! I followed the recipe to a T, except for baking time, and it turned out so moist, so perfect. The caramel icing had a perfect texture and consistency. I was sure to let the cooked icing ingrediants cool to room temp as directed (a couple of hours) before beating in the confectioner's sugar. There was enough icing to cover the entire cake, which I loved. Will be making again next week to bring to work! Due to other reviews noting that the bake time might be a little high, I baked mine for 1 hour and 20 minutes and it came out perfect."

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Reviewed Oct. 29, 2014

"Delicious moist cake!!!! It is a keeper recipe. I will be trying half applesauce and half oil next time! I also did , like one lady suggested, and put in some caramel ice cream topping to give the frosting a more caramel flavor! I also had about 1/2 cup of apples left after peeling, so just threw them in and reduce the nuts to 1/2 cup and it turned out just fine! AND YES... IT is better the next day and the next!!!!"

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Reviewed Oct. 27, 2014

"Made this yesterday for Red Hat Luncheon and it was a big hit. Everyone wanted the recipe. Will definitely use this recipe again. Lots of calories, but worth them."

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Reviewed Oct. 5, 2014

"Loved this cake. I found it easy to make...I only needed 70 minutes to bake. I omitted the nutmeg because I am not a fan and replaced it with apple pie spice. The icing did not taste like caramel to me so I added a few heaping spoonfuls of the caramel for dipping in apples that I had on hand. Definitely going to make it again!"

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