To me, few things scream, “Fall!” as much as baking with apples. We have been sitting on the fence here between fall and winter. Some days are scarf-worthy, while others are not even jacket-worthy. On a fall-like day, I decided to slice up some apples and make this cake that I’ve had bookmarked for a while.

Of course, what are apples without cinnamon? And just to make it even more fantastic, let’s throw in a little caramel, too. Seriously, this is fall in a cake.

Apple Spice Cake is a delicious blend of fresh apples and spices topped with a rich caramel glaze. - Bake or Break

I’ve done my share of caramel-related whining. I just haven’t had a lot of success in that department. If I need to make any caramel, I am always sure to have extra ingredients around because I am highly likely to make a mess of it at least once. Surprisingly, I fared far better than normal with this simple caramel sauce.

Apple Spice Cake is a delicious blend of fresh apples and spices topped with a rich caramel glaze. - Bake or Break

This cake is simple to make and a joy to eat. It’s really a beautiful, tasty thing. I highly recommend you track down some apples, whip up some caramel sauce, and treat yourself to a lovely dessert.

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Yield: 12 to 16 servings

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour 45 minutes

This Apple Spice Cake is a delicious blend of fresh apples and spices topped with a rich caramel glaze.

For the cake:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 & 1/3 cups vegetable or canola oil
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3-4 Granny Smith apples, cored and cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 3 cups)*
  • 1 cup chopped assorted nuts (pecans, almonds, etc.)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the caramel sauce:

  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt

Directions:

To make the cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 12-cup Bundt pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Sift together the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Using an electric mixer on high speed, combine the oil, sugar, and eggs on high speed until blended.
  4. Decrease mixer speed to medium, and gradually add the flour mixture. Mix just until blended. Mix in the vanilla. Stir in the apples and nuts.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake 80-90 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Remove the cake from oven and cool slightly (about 10-15 minutes) on a wire rack. Then, invert the cake onto a wire rack to cool completely.

To make the caramel sauce:

  1. Combine all the sauce ingredients in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until thickened to desired consistency.
  2. Pour over cake immediately.

Notes:

*Peeling the apples is a matter of preference. I generally don’t peel apples when I bake with them.

Recipe slightly adapted from Martha Stewart.

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    16 Comments on “Apple Spice Cake with Caramel Glaze”

  1. Beautiful looking and sounding cake!!!

  2. i love caramel sauce with anything.

  3. I had two favorite cakes as a child. My mom made Devil’s Food Cake with Seven Minute Icing for my birthday and your Grannie made “Applesauce” Cake at Christmas. She would make one for me and another for everyone else. I was her “baby Tim” you know. If she had put Caramel on it…forget about it!!!

  4. the caramel looks extremely good, it’s like a caramel apple on a cake

  5. I love spice cake! Especially with caramel. I’m saving this for next fall. I went apple crazy in October and now I’ve had it with apples. It still looks fantastic. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. This looks delicious! Apples, spices, AND caramel – definitely making this, thanks, I love your blog!

  7. This just screams delicious to me! There seriously is no better combination than apples, cinnamon, and caramel. Yum!

  8. This cake looks wonderful! I love apples, cinnamon and caramel together – a perfect fall palate!

  9. i am so excited to try to bake this tonight for a chicken stew tomorrow. it looks fantastic!

  10. Sounds delicious, do you peel the apples? It doesn’t say to.

  11. I just made this cake and it was absolutely delicious ๐Ÿ™‚ I halved the ingredients so 50 minutes was long enough cooking time and my family all really loved it! Thanks for the great recipe.

  12. Is all purpose flour self raising or plain

  13. Sounds delish and I have been asked to bring an apple dessert to a Thanksgiving dinner. Am wondering if you can substitute applesauce for some of the oil?

    • Hi, Chris. I’ve not tried it, so I can’t speak from experience. I’d guess that you can substitute a third to a half of the oil based on the brand’s recommendations for substitution. If I recall correctly, it’s a 1:1 substitution.

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