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Caramel Apple Cake

Autumn and apples. They go together perfectly.  We have our favorite apple dishes at this time of year and one of them is caramel apple cake.  The apple cake is an old family recipe; the caramel icing is adapted from a recipe found in the 'Taste of Home' collection. 

Apple Cake:
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1-1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups coarsely grated peeled apples
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts – optional

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine oil and sugars.
  2. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  3. Combine dry ingredients; add to batter stir well.
  4. Fold in apples, walnuts and vanilla.
  5. Pour into a greased and floured bundt pan or 10 inch tube pan (or twelve mini-bundt pans).
  6. Bake at 350 for about 1 hour or until cake tests done (30 minutes for mini-bundts).
  7. Cool in pan 10 minutes; remove to a wire rack to cool completely. 
Caramel Icing
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup light cream
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • dash salt
  • 1 cup confectioner's sugar
  • chopped walnuts, optional
  1. In microwave oven (or top of double-boiler), heat brown sugar, cream, butter and salt until sugar is dissolved.
  2. Cool to room temperature.
  3. Beat in confectioner's sugar until smooth; drizzle over cake.
  4. Sprinkle with nuts if desired…or stir nuts into icing before spreading.
  5. Yield: 12-16 servings.


  1. You girls just have one great recipe right after another! You are wonderful (but not for my waistline!).

  2. That looks so yummy! I want to eat it now (which means I should have some breakfast first, shouldn't I??)

  3. These look delicious! I hope to try them soon!

  4. This is definitely one recipe I'm going to try. Sounds wonderful.

  5. Just bought some of the mini bundt pans, so I am anxious to try this recipe!

  6. Judy....these look so very good! Perfect for the season!

  7. This recipe definitely look like a "keeper".

    Thanks for posting it.


  8. Even after having spent all day working with apples,this looks like one I need to try.OK not today,but soon.


  9. Judy, I love the idea of small cakes. . these would likely be the perfect size for couples to share. . .with a good dollop of icecream in the center.
    Caramel and apples. .a perfect fall recipe.

  10. OMGoodness, this sounds excellent. I'm putting it on my baking list for TOMORROW. You say "coarsely grated"...does that mean you chopped it in the food processor, or did you actually grate the apples? My family is going to love this cake.

  11. Colleen...I have always grated the apples, but I'm sure finely chopped would be fine as well.

  12. Another great recipe to add to my files.

  13. I love everything made with apples! Great recipe! Thanks!

  14. another great recipe - awesome, thanks for sharing

  15. I love Taste of Home and these look delish!

  16. Hi Everyone.
    I've been trying lots of your recipes over the last months and enjoy them all. This week I made the tortilla soup. Very nice. This morning I made the caramel apple cake and adapted it to be gluten free/lactose free and it was very successful. I know from reading your site that others have these same food issues, too, so I thought I'd let you know what I did.
    I substituted one cup brown rice flour and one cup soy flour plus two teaspoons xanthum gum for the two cups regular flour. I also substituted soy milk for the light cream in the icing. Results were very pleasing. I believe that no one should be able to tell that these are gluten free cakes. I also had to bake the cakes longer than 30 was more like 45 mins. Hope this helps anyone else out there who is on the lookout for worthwhile gluten free/lactose free recipes.
    Have a good day.

  17. Hi Judy!

    I made this recipe yesterday and can't thank you enough for sharing it.

    The recipe also made two regular sized loaves. The baking time of 60 minutes was perfect for that size as well.

    We now have a new family favorite added to our collection.
    Thanks again!

  18. I just made these yesterday and they are delicious. I made a half batch and baked them in jumbo sized muffin tins. They were so simple to prepare and have a great apple flavour. Used Gala apples. Thanks for all of the wonderful recipes!

  19. wow this cake is SO good, my family LOVED it!
    thank you looking forward to making some more of your recipes!

  20. I've had a gift card from Bed Bath & Beyond for months, waiting for a muffin top pan. I had printed off this recipe, and stopped in to see if they had stocked any yet, and I saw the mini bundt pan, instead!! Can't wait to try these, they look scrumptious!!

  21. awesome :)

    i love apples, this fall has been my apple baking time! thank you for posting another recipe for me to try this season! love your blog


  22. I can't find the mini bundt pans anywhere. Where did you find yours?
    I love to give fall baked goods for gifts, this would be perfect!


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