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Caramel Apple Cake Recipe

Caramel Apple Cake Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional 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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jmkasprak User ID: 2880256 257034
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2016

"This got great reviews from my family."

carabubble User ID: 4212943 255789
Reviewed 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 User ID: 7105270 255770
Reviewed 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 User ID: 8581392 255639
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2016

"I just made it, super delicious!!! mmmm

I used granny smith apples and i didnt put icing, still wonderful!"

joycerm53 User ID: 703299 249306
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2016

"Delicious cake! Moist and always a hit!"

looneylc User ID: 8585748 235595
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!"

angelic0w User ID: 7083663 235537
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."

adamscook User ID: 7795459 233513
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!"

dschultz01 User ID: 1076910 10721
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!"

delowenstein User ID: 3766053 6429
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"

Miasmimi User ID: 8130909 7975
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2014

"Sublime! My daughter, (an accomplished cook), said this is the only recipe I will ever need to take to any gathering. My oven runs a bit hot, and the cake was perfect at 80 minutes. I was out of walnuts, substituted pecans, and used Golden delicious apples both times I've made it. Simply out of this world! Do make this cake - and serve it proudly. Hats off to you, Marilyn Peradis !"

mRbobmoore55 User ID: 8074072 10720
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2014 Edited Nov. 6, 2014

"This cake is awesome"

BoogerBones User ID: 8015236 3022
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."

Clarys User ID: 2602735 7974
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!!!!"

earlieshirley User ID: 6965 7372
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."

LALH User ID: 613709 4405
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!"

jsgardening User ID: 2030616 10652
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2014

"Made this cake for the first time today. My husband said he thought he could eat the whole thing. Really a good cake. I did try what some others did....used half oil/half applesauce. Thought it made the cake a little dry but my husband loves it anyway."

LBurkey User ID: 3719865 7367
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2014

"Yummy cake and very moist. I took this cake to work and it was gone in an hour. It is also pretty in presentation:)"

Justluv2cook User ID: 6431685 8671
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2014

"This method is better tasting and star rating reflects:

Use yellow or butter recipe cake mix, add apples, walnuts cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla. Use cream cheese icing in a can, nuke in microwave 15-20 seconds to soften, add a dash of cinnamon, stir and drizzle over cake. Sprinkle with walnuts. easy peasey and half the time."

GO91737 User ID: 7785768 7549
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2014

"Good, but had issues. cake batter was super thick. Had trouble stirring it. Cooked 1 hour and 20 mins, not 90 mins suggested. The frosting was a joke. It was not white, like in photo. It soaked into cake and pooled in center. You couldn't even tell it was there. Definitely needs a different frosting!"

Sherryb32550 User ID: 6135360 6428
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2014


sondramorg User ID: 3733764 8346
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2013

"This is one of my husband's favorite cakes. It is delicious!! I use Granny Smith Apples n if you let the icing sit for a little while it thickens n complements this cake. Enjoy!!"

bbloves2bake User ID: 224515 10649
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2013

"this is delicious,i made it for my husband,he had a cow when I took some to work,then I made one for cake walk at church and it was one of the first to go!!!"

rosied51 User ID: 585299 7325
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2013 Edited Oct. 5, 2013

"I am making this tonite for 1st time, did anyone else have issues with it being thicker?, Also I agree the frosting is a little too runny ."

MarineMom_texas User ID: 31788 8344
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2013

"I took this cake to a pot luck and it was a huge hit. This is an absolutely delicious cake and I will make it again and again. The caramel icing just makes this cake. Five thumbs (or stars) up!"

murrell006 User ID: 2357453 200211
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2013

"I used 1 cup applesauce & 1/2 cup oil with good results. I used english walnuts which gave it a really good flavor. This was well received! Tastes better the next day."

Karen Crofford User ID: 1507480 10677
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2013

"I remember making this when I first found the recipe in your magazine and everytime I made it people couldn't seem to get enough of it and asked me to bring another one. I passed along the recipe to them, but this cake travels well and I don't think you can eat just one piece without wanting more. I would give this cake a 10 star rating as it is that good. I haven't read another apple cake recipe that beats it or even interests me to make it."

tyansia User ID: 640349 13763
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2013 Edited Oct. 4, 2013

"I made it. Reduced the oil to 1 cup, however the glaze was just too much. If I were to make this again, I would do half the glaze. The cake is great even with 1 cup of oil.!!"

forbiddendelight User ID: 5108393 3021
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2013

"My daughter made this cake. the cake flavor was good but had some problems when baking. The cake didn't bake in the middle and she left it in the oven for 2hrs. Because of that the cake on the outside got really hard and crunchy. Will make again because it is a good cake."

OhBarbi User ID: 5434643 8702
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2013

"Good cake. If I made it again, I'd add some applesauce to give it a stronger apple flavor. I baked the cake for 6 minutes less than the 1 1/2 hrs, and probably should have removed it a few minutes earlier, since I thought it was a little dry. Also, I baked it in a Bundt pan but should have used an angel food pan so more of the delicious frosting would have sat on top of the cake. As it was, most of it rolled off to the sides and in the center of the cake. Still, good recipe."

Saybeebisber User ID: 6255487 8064
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2013

"I have already made this twice in one week! The same family requested it again for a dinner get together after just tasting it for the first time, one week ago! It is a crowd pleaser for sure and an "all year round" cake!"

roadrunner11 User ID: 7235495 8379
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2013

"I've made this cake twice and it was a hit both at my office and Thanksgiving with family! I would definately make this again :D"

lisa53202 User ID: 1079567 200210
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2012

"Delicious, moist and spicy."

angelgirl_24 User ID: 5977462 7324
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2012

"Loved this recipe!! I used half the oil it called for and 3/4 c. unsweetened applesauce (to make 1 1/2c. total). Couldn't tell the difference. Everyone loved it and it turned out great! I also baked it in a 9 x 13" pan for 45 min."

I heart baking User ID: 6938571 7479
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2012

"This cake was PERFECT for fall! It was delicious and everyone wanted the recipe! MUST try it..."

Red Delicious User ID: 6924480 200209
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2012

"I discovered this recipe after having a delicious apple cake dessert at a restaurant. I believe this recipe may be better than the one I paid $7.99 a slice for! I definitely recommend serving it warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. My only questions - has anyone ever substituted apple sauce in place of all the oil in this recipe?"

sterld User ID: 3413712 13745
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2012

"I made this cake last night, and there was one slice left on plate this am. Awesome!!"

mary clark User ID: 1429402 3019
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2012

"cake was delicious, topping was thin like a sauce, but great served over each slice of cake."

Fergusonangus User ID: 6338522 8670
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2012

"I have been making this past year we love it"

jillizbizi User ID: 5810791 8063
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2012

"This is a really delicious cake that is easy to make. It is so moist. The frosting compliments it beautifully. Perfect recipe as written, no need to change a thing."

shineegurl User ID: 6341836 13744
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2011

"i made this for the first time yesterday as a dessert for a dinner party. Everyone loved it. It is moist and sweet ,good with coffee or tea. I recommend it, it is definitely a keeper."

LauriePar User ID: 4460220 10656
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2011

"I got the recipe from TOH about 5 years ago and I am still making this wonderful caramel cake. Everyone in my house just loves it."

repooc User ID: 5164995 7478
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2011

"love the cakebut the middle soggy and the outside"

mommycall User ID: 3289518 7477
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2010

"My family loved this! I made it without the nuts and used whole milk instead of was great!"

alpaulson User ID: 5046641 13742
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2010

"Absolutely wonderful!! lots of flavor, very moist, it was a pleasant surprise. Thank you for sharing!!"

ladybec User ID: 3850310 200208
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2010

"Excellent. I didn't have any nutmeg so I used ground cloves. It was delicious. Will definitely make it again. Served it for guests and the loved it as did DH."

sheilast User ID: 1315574 3016
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2010

"I made this cake last week and my family loved it. I am already planning on making it again and taking to work to share."

VictoriaElaine User ID: 3422096 7475
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2010

"Moist with bits of apple in it. A new fall favorite! Mine was also done a little earlier, abt 1 hr and 20 min."

angelasandoval User ID: 2401339 7472
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2010

"This is fabulous!...moist and delicious cake and incredible icing! Check it a little before the 1 1/2 hr baking time...mine only took about 1 1/4 hr."

zone77 User ID: 5442811 13634
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2010

"I made this cake tonight. It was just awesome in the taste department. Loved the caramel drizzle. I did have a little trouble with getting it out of the tube pan, but I think it was still a little warm. Will make again! Thanks for the great recipe."

CatStull User ID: 3197716 10639
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2010

"I guess the best way to describe the flavor of this cake is as my neighbor said, "It's off the leash" Pretty much says it all."

KKM49 User ID: 5412219 7470
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2010

"My family loved this cake. Perfect for when the apples on our trees are dead ripe. Very yummy"

PennyPoppins User ID: 2779332 10653
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2008

"This cake has become a family/friends absolute favorite. A co-worker once said "it makes music in my mouth!". The best apple cake recipe I have ever made. Thank you, Marilyn!"

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