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Caramel Apple Cake

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


  • 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


  • 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.
  • Pour into a greased and floured 10-in. fluted tube pan. Bake at 325° for 1-1/2 hours or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 528 calories, 29g fat (5g saturated fat), 50mg cholesterol, 211mg sodium, 63g carbohydrate (42g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.

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  • Renee
    Sep 25, 2020

    I made the recipe with an extra 1/2 cup of honey crisp apples fresh picked from an apple orchard locally. Tart & sweet!!! I added 1/2 cup chopped pecans & 1/2 cup chopped walnuts. I made an awesome salted caramel sauce recipe from ‘Sally’s Baking Addiction’. It is phenomenal!!! Easy too!

  • Gary Shaw
    Mar 1, 2020

    Very good! Made 2 changes. I used 1 3/4 cup 2T butter instead of canola oil and it turned out fantastic. I used Gala apples. For the icing I made a simple caramel sauce. After the sauce cooled a bit I poked holes in top of cake and slowly poured over cake.

  • mickeyskitchen
    Oct 18, 2019

    The frosting was a complete flop. I followed the recipe and added the powdered sugar. It was like water. I added more powdered sugar (3 more cups) and is was finally pourable. It also had a lot of little hard specks in it. What did I do wrong?

  • Sandy
    Oct 8, 2017

    My family loved this cake. Will be making anytime I want to impress someone.

  • francine4mk
    Oct 1, 2017

    This has been my signature cake since the recipe came out in 1996. Delicious

  • jmkasprak
    Nov 20, 2016

    This got great reviews from my family.

  • carabubble
    Oct 23, 2016

    Made it the first time for a family gathering and them made it again 5 days later for a neighborhood get-together - it's THAT great! I used Granny Smith apples and cooked it for the full time. You'll be a hit wherever you show up with this cake!

  • dpasnik1
    Oct 22, 2016

    Superb Caramel Apple Cake, awesome taste! I received the recipe in my Fall Taste of Home "Goodie Box". I made it for the first time last week for my family, and we were all very impressed with the cake! Then I made two more for a church function today, and received numerous compliments. I used Granny Smith apples each time, and I made no changes to the recipe, except for the baking time. My cakes were done in 70 min., moist and delicious! Thank you Marilyn Paradis, and thank you Taste of Home!

  • MASSIEL123
    Oct 19, 2016

    I just made it, super delicious!!! mmmmI used granny smith apples and i didnt put icing, still wonderful!

  • joycerm53
    Jun 11, 2016

    Delicious cake! Moist and always a hit!