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Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Caramel Sauce on a white serving plate

Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Caramel Sauce

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This delightful old-fashioned Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Caramel Sauce is one outrageously delicious apple dessert. Kicked up with an easy sauce, it’s worthy of special company.

Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Caramel Sauce on a white dessert plate

Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Caramel Sauce

My dad came to play grandpa this weekend. He and Nick will head up to South Bend tomorrow to root on Notre Dame as they play Stanford. Go Irish!!! And I love to treat him to some home cooking. He eats everything with gusto! I remember baking an apple cake for him and my mom when they came to visit me in my inaugural apartment (where Bill claims I lived off popcorn!), so this apple cake was the perfect choice for our first Friday of autumn dinner.

The addition of this divine sauce was what made this cake a winner! Who doesn’t love an apple dessert? If you need more inspiration, here are 25 All-American Desserts to peruse!

Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Caramel Sauce on a white serving plate

Tips for Making This Easy Caramel Sauce

Bundt cakes are always a super easy dessert option. No need for frosting, only one pan to wash, and typically they’re dense cake which I prefer. But to make a Bundt cake more memorable, a drizzle of a delectable sauce is an easy solution.

This caramel sauce is not made the traditional way, by cooking the sugar and butter until amber, then adding the cream. I always have to keep my fingers and toes crossed for success when I make that version.

This sauce preparation is much less intense, but you must cook it long enough to ensure the brown sugar is melted to avoid a grainy sauce. You may be put off by the corn syrup in the recipe, but that is crucial for preventing re-crystallization of those sugars. Unless a silky smooth sauce is not your goal. I didn’t think so.  

If you prefer, just buy a good quality caramel sauce for an even easier version of this scrumptious Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Caramel Sauce. Note: the caramel sauce may eventually recrystallize, so it’s best to use it up within about 48 hours.

Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Caramel Sauce slice on a white plate with cinnamon stick garnish

P.S. I just updated this post after taking this apple cake with brown sugar caramel sauce to our friends’ house for dessert. Our August weather felt like fall, so an apple dessert seemed right. Even Bill, who is not nearly as enamored with apple desserts as I am, raved about it! I only put nuts in half the cake knowing he wouldn’t be thrilled with those.

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Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Caramel Sauce | An old-fashioned classic with an easy, buttery caramel sauce!

Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Caramel Sauce

Recipe adapted from a recipe from my foodie friend, Lori

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Yield 10 servings

Ingredients

Cake

  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon, optional
  • 3 cups apple chunks, peeled and cored (I used a mixture of golden delicious, granny smith and Jonagold)
  • 1 cup nuts, optional

Caramel Sauce

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300º. Grease and flour tube or Bundt pan. Set aside.
  2. Combine oil, sugar, eggs and vanilla. Add dry ingredients and stir to combine. Add apples and nuts, if using. The batter is very thick. Stir carefully.
  3. Spoon mixture into prepared pan. Even out top with spatula or knife. Bake 1 1/2 hours.Cool
  4. -10 minutes, then remove to serving plate.
  5. To make caramel sauce, melt brown sugar and butter over low heat. Stir in vanilla and cream and cook till thick, stirring occasionally. Spoon over slices of cake.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 774Total Fat: 42gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 29gCholesterol: 68mgSodium: 364mgCarbohydrates: 95gFiber: 3gSugar: 62gProtein: 8g

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9 comments on “Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Caramel Sauce”

  1. Oh yum. I bet that caramel sauce would be great over vanilla ice cream.

  2. Lisa, good idea…I love caramel anything!!!

    Lori, thanks for sharing such an excellent recipe!!! The whole family adored it. Have you ever added cinnamon?

  3. Liz, boy does that look good, and I am sure that the caramel sauce is what makes it extra delicious. I’ll be making this very soon. It’ll be a perfect Autumn dessert.

  4. Thanks, Paulette!

  5. LOL, Kim…ND is definitely the underdog!

  6. Love your “twig” basket.

    Look forward to making it this season.

  7. Carole, it’s by Michael Aram…I have bought them for every member of my family! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  8. Ann, you’re exactly right! This was even better the second and third day…the apples keep this so moist and yummy. Thanks for stopping by, Ann…LOVE your blog.

  9. This is one of our favorite ways to enjoy apples! In an apple cake PLUS caramel sauce! I have to save this recipe, Liz!

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