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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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    9 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 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 large egg, lightly beaten


  • 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.
  • Pour into a greased 8-in. square baking dish. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 436 calories, 21g fat (11g saturated fat), 91mg cholesterol, 335mg sodium, 60g carbohydrate (41g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • David
    May 11, 2019

    Lord have mercy! Made it just like the recipe says and it blew my sock clean off - lol. Had to leave out the pecans because the birthday boy hates them - I think some toasted pecans would make it even better. Whatever you do, make the sauce - one bowl for company and one for you - OMG!! True what others have said - you have to pressed the cake batter into the pan (doesn't pour for sure).

  • JDP13
    Oct 4, 2016

    Couldn't find my own old recipe so made this one. Mine is a little heavier but this was very good. I used unsalted butter and therefore should have added a little salt! Will remember to next time.

  • fireangel39
    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!

  • Potempa
    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

  • ottis_1
    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!

  • kitchenmaid
    Oct 9, 2014

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

  • judyco43
    Oct 3, 2014

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

  • Lovepiggs
    Oct 26, 2013

    This cake is so moist and delicious. We didn't even make the sauce . it was devoured in one day. The batter is very thick, but it was fine. Can't wait to make this again. It was a big hit.

  • mkaskela
    Oct 2, 2013


  • emk1994
    Sep 27, 2013

    What is even better on this cake is Lemon sauce. Just make up box of lemon pudding mix. Great on Apple Cake or Gingerbread.