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Fresh Apple Cake with Caramel Sauce

 Fresh Apple Cake with Caramel Sauce
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
9 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 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
  • CARAMEL SAUCE:
  • 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

Directions

  • 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.

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Fresh Apple Cake with Caramel Sauce (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • 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.
  • 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.
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.