Fresh Apple Cake with Caramel Sauce Recipe
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Fresh Apple Cake with Caramel Sauce Recipe

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I've had this recipe for years and make it often since Michigan has an abundance of apples. The caramel sauce is a special touch, especially when serving guests. —Mrs. Karl Zank, Sand Lake, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:9 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 9 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups chopped peeled tart apples
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup half-and-half cream or evaporated milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 436 calories, 21 g fat (11 g saturated fat), 91 mg cholesterol, 335 mg sodium, 60 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg. Combine the flour, baking soda, nutmeg and cinnamon; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in apples and walnuts.
  2. Pour into a greased 8-in. square baking dish. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  3. Meanwhile, for caramel sauce, combine brown sugar and cornstarch in a saucepan. Add remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, about 3 minutes. Serve cake warm or cold with warm caramel sauce. Yield: 9 servings.
Originally published as Fresh Apple Cake with Caramel Sauce in Bountiful Harvest Cookbook 1994, p77

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Reviewed Nov. 20, 2014

"batter was very thick...had to spread it out in pan with rubber spatula. But, the cake came out delicious. I used fresh ground nutmeg that I grated. Makes the difference. You will enjoy this apple cake!"

Reviewed Oct. 25, 2014

"Made this cake for dinner and my husband and I loved it! I didn't make the caramel sauce but made a glaze instead and it was really good. This recipe is a keeper"

Reviewed Oct. 19, 2014

"Very easy and Yummy recipe but would advise leaving out the egg. I had to make two batches because the egg kept cooking on me before just leaving it out. Caramel sauce came out just as good and thick with out the egg :) A definite keeper!"

Reviewed Oct. 9, 2014

"Made this cake yesterday. Very tasty. I made it per the recipe with no changes.. Great cake and will make again."

Reviewed Oct. 3, 2014

"added 1/2 tsp more cinnamon. Also used half brown sugar and half regular"

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