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Fresh Apple Cake with Caramel Sauce Recipe

Fresh Apple Cake with Caramel Sauce Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional 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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JDP13 User ID: 7279081 255017
Reviewed 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 User ID: 2375076 46962
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!"

Potempa User ID: 1789758 19990
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"

ottis_1 User ID: 5948858 202053
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!"

kitchenmaid User ID: 62335 44284
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."

judyco43 User ID: 6337277 46961
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2014

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

Lovepiggs User ID: 986676 43310
Reviewed 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 User ID: 6061564 18272
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2013


emk1994 User ID: 4671819 40438
Reviewed 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."

prbout User ID: 237833 16641
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2013

"Really easy to make, everyone loved it and the caramel sauce goes so good on many things!"

grandmagogof8 User ID: 5358827 73881
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2013

"Made this tonight for a Men's and Women's Fellowship at our Church. It was delicious and the caramel sauce added that special touch to it. Wasn't overly sweet and the cake was very moist. It will be a keeper and be made often."

balluisi User ID: 6857862 44493
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2013

"Someone asked for an alternate caramel sauce. This one is good."

aralara04 User ID: 7406834 44492
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2013

"Super sweet"

[email protected] User ID: 2582658 18270
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2013

"Very good"

homesickcajun User ID: 7313383 39695
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2013

"Very Good! I did not make the caramel sauce. But was good without it. I only gave 4 stars because I made one change, I used 1/2 cup granulated sugar and 1/2 cup brown sugar. It took mine almost 45 minutes, but I am in a high altitude. Will make again, soon."

djd_13 User ID: 3748421 14012
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2012

"Fantastic cake and super easy to make. Has become a regular in my house. Sauce good but different."

wawadehut User ID: 4150791 16637
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2011

"We loved the autumn flavor in this moist apple-filled cake. I would definitely make this for our family again."

Barbara23Rose User ID: 5497191 19771
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2011

"If you have a sweet tooth - but still want your fruit too, this is for you. It is quite sweet - but the fresh apples and crunchy walnuts tame it down a bit. You could always omit the caramel sauce - but it is so heavenly with it. Have made it several times - and it is always gone almost immediately. I imagine it would keep well - as it is very moist - but I never have any left."

sNic23 User ID: 3866519 19770
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2010

"My 17-year-old daughter made this while I was out recently and when I came home the entire house smelled wonderful. She had no trouble making this cake or the sauce using the directions given. Because we do not use corn syrup, she substituted pure grade A maple syrup and it was absolutely delicious. I hope she makes this again soon, though if she doesn't I may just resort to baking it myself!"

Gracie88 User ID: 4196168 18268
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2010

"The cake was dry and very blah. Also, directions for the caramel sauce are not very detailed.You can not add an egg to a warm mixture without tempering it first."

aldertonsharon User ID: 2899371 44283
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2009

"Cannot use corn syrup, what can I use instead of. It was great but I probably won't make it again because of the syrup."

Elizabeth41749 User ID: 1134361 44282
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2009

"This is delicious. Anytime I've take this cake to a meeting or party I'm always asked for the recipe."

cherrylady User ID: 1073547 14011
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2009

"Loved this dessert! Some confusion with the instructions however. I could not 'POUR' the batter into the baking pan -- it was as thick as cookie dough! SCRAPE dough into baking pan would be more like it."

ronayne User ID: 2783099 39593
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2009

""Many thanks to Mrs. Karl Zank!" Just made this apple cake and sauce today. Positively delicious! My husband and guests thought I was a genius! The caramel sauce is very rich and creamy so a small piece will suffice. Try it! I think you'll love it!"

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