Apple Cake with Caramel Frosting Recipe

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Apple Cake with Caramel Frosting Recipe

This apple cake with caramel frosting combines three of my favorite fall flavors: fresh apples, warm cinnamon, and a little salted caramel. The apple cake is moist, flavorful, and filled with little bites of apple. Then it’s topped with a sweet caramel frosting that takes this fall treat to the next level.

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Additional Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Servings: 15 pieces

Apple, cinnamon, and caramel come together for the perfect fall treat. This moist apple cake with caramel frosting is filled with warm, comforting flavors and makes for the perfect dessert.


Apple Cake

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups chopped apples peel first then cut into very small pieces

Caramel Frosting

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons cream divided
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt use 1/4 teaspoon if you prefer a less salted caramel flavor
  • 2-3 cups powdered sugar


Apple Cake

  • Preheat the oven to 350F degrees. Grease and flour a 9×13 inch cake pan.
  • In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda & salt.
  • In a large bowl beat together the oil, sugars, eggs & vanilla extract until no lumps remain. Then beat in the sour cream.
  • With the mixer on low speed, beat the flour mixture into the wet ingredients about 1/2 at a time. Turn down the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  • Carefully fold in the chopped apple using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 28-34 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  • Cool fully before frosting

Caramel Frosting

  • In a medium saucepan over low-medium heat, melt the butter.
  • Add in the brown sugar and 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) cream.
  • Melt everything together while whisking.
  • Bring the mixture to a gentle boil for 3 minutes while whisking constantly.
  • Remove from the heat and pour the mixture into a heatproof bowl.
  • Cool for 15 minutes.
  • Add in the vanilla extract & salt. Then beat in the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, alternating with 1 tablespoon of heavy cream until the desired sweetness & consistency is reached.
  • Frost the cooled cake and slice into pieces.