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Caramel Apple Cake Recipe

Caramel Apple Cake

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"The cake in this recipe has a top layer of apple wedges, making it a hit for all ages. It's caramelly delicious in every way."

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Original recipe makes 1 - 9 inch round cake Change Servings
  • PREP

    25 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    1 hr 5 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. In a 9 inch pan, melt 3 tablespoons butter. Sprinkle 1/3 cup brown sugar and 1/4 teaspoon of the cinnamon. Arrange twelve pecan halves, then the apple wedges (as you would for a pineapple upside-down cake. Chop remaining pecans and set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, mix flour, baking soda, salt and 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon. Set aside.
  4. Beat 3/4 cup butter and sugar until smooth and fluffy. Stir in water. Add flour mixture and mix just until combined. Fold in reserved nuts.
  5. Spread batter evenly over apples and bake in preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 30 minutes.
  6. Cool 10 minutes, then invert onto serving plate.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 19, 2003

A good cake that's not overly sweet. I did make my batter a little differently though. Milk instead of water, baking powder in lieu of soda, two eggs, vanilla extract and more apples. I placed my sugar, cinnamon and butter mixture into a sauce pan and stirring constantly, I brought it to a boil. I then proceeded with the rest of the recipe. This cake is not only yummy for dessert, but it also makes a nice breakfast. Thanks Glenda!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 10, 2005

this was a really good concept, unfortunately, i had a couple of issues, all of my caramel cooked up and out of the cake pan (be sure to put another pan under the cake pan or you will have a mess) and the cake batter seemed more like dough than batter. very good, though, as far as taste goes. i put diced apples and walnuts in the cake as well, and cooked the caramel on the stove. i'll do more tinkering with this recipe, as i think it has a lot of potential.

Nov 13, 2008

I would give this a 5 star rating except I had the same problem with it that my fellow bakers had....It was not done after specified time. I baked mine for 50 minutes and it turned out perfect. I really needed this cake to turn out good because I made another apple cake off of this site and it was horrid. So that was my husbands first impression of apple cake. once this was ready to eat he loved it, I loved it. I have made this twice. Just make sure you let it cool long enough before turning it over or the apples will stick to the bottom of the pan. Other than the cook time this was a fabulous recipe.

Aug 11, 2003

This apple recipe was quite good. I thought it would taste more caramel-like, but I thought it taste more like apple pie. I left out the pecans, since I'm not a fan of nuts. I would make it again. My dinner company enjoyed it.

Apr 10, 2007

The first time I made it, it did not cook all the way through (insert a knife in the center and it will come out clean when done), so I baked for extra 15 minutes and was fine...not caramel enough for me tho... Next time I made it, I added 1/4 cup of maple syrup to the brown sugar, cinnamon, butter topping layer. Also, added apple slices to the bottom (top while cooking) layer and extra nuts. Next time, I will try an applesauce layer to the center to make a little more applely...

Aug 25, 2007

My family loved this! Even my 3 1/2 year old who has refused every cake, brownie, and cupcake offered to him in his life ate a piece. I did follow the suggestions of others and used milk instead of water, 2 eggs, 1/2 tsp vanilla, and chopped apples to the batter. I wasn't sure how much brown sugar to use (if the 1 1/3 cup the recipe called for was 1/3 cup for the topping and 1 cup for the batter or if it all went into the batter) because the butter was not a combined measurement, but the cinnamon was. I used 1/3 cup for the topping and 1 1/3 for the cake. It turned out wonderfully!

Sep 27, 2007

This is very good, but needs more "goop" on top. Next time I'll use more brown sugar and butter. I used Granny Smith apples but I will use a different kind next because Grannies are not juicy or sweet enough. Also, I added an egg to the batter. I used a lot more pecan halves on the top and didn't add any to the cake itself. This is so good with vanilla ice cream! I had to bake it much longer than 30 minutes to get the middle done.

Oct 20, 2009

Amazing. As some others did I added an egg. Next time I am going to add a little vanilla also. I did not have pecans, however I used walnuts and they were great! I baked at 350 for apprx 50 minutes.


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  • Calories
  • 344 kcal
  • 17%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 44.3 g
  • 14%
  • Cholesterol
  • 31 mg
  • 10%
  • Fat
  • 18.2 g
  • 28%
  • Fiber
  • 2 g
  • 8%
  • Protein
  • 3.2 g
  • 6%
  • Sodium
  • 384 mg
  • 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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