Friday, October 19, 2007

Apple Cake with Caramel Sauce

I was originally inspired to make this cake by Kayte, who made this other apple cake recipe. She chose not to make the one below due to the amount of butter in the recipe. I chose to make it due to the amount of butter in the recipe -- I figured it had to taste good with that much butter in it! ;)

This is definitely a cake that I will be making again. It is so moist and the apple to cake ratio is perfect -- lots of apples and not too much cake! The caramel glaze complements the cake well too.

Apple Cake with Caramel Sauce
from Real Simple

1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for the dish
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
3 eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for the dish
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
5 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and cut into a 1/2-inch dice
1 1/4 cups coarsely chopped pecans (I omitted these)
2 1/4 vanilla extract (I assumed this was teaspoons)
Caramel Glaze, recipe below (optional)
Vanilla ice cream (optional)

Heat oven to 325° F.

In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium-high, beat the butter and the granulated and brown sugars until light and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. In another bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Using a wooden spoon, gradually add the flour mixture to the egg mixture. The batter should be very thick. Stir in the apples, pecans, and vanilla. Scrape the batter into a buttered and floured 9-by-13-inch baking pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 50 to 60 minutes (it took 65 minutes in my oven). Transfer to a wire rack. Let cool for at least 10 minutes while you make the Caramel Glaze, if using.

With a spatula, loosen the sides of the cake. If you want to remove it from the pan, invert it onto a baking sheet, then invert it again, right-side up, onto a platter. With a toothpick or fork, poke holes all over the surface. Pour on the warm sauce. Serve warm or at room temperature, with ice cream, if desired.

Tip: This rich, moist cake travels exceptionally well in its baking pan.

Caramel Glaze

4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup heavy cream

In a saucepan, over medium-low heat, melt the butter. Add the granulated and brown sugars and salt. Cook, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes. Stir in the cream and bring to a boil. Cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. Remove from heat.

Yield: Makes 16 servings


  1. ditto, this looks amazing! i'm definitely going to try it!

  2. YUM! I would have been thinking the same thing- buttery=delicious! That looks AWESOME!

  3. That cake looks nice and moist. You can just see the spices and chunks of apple. Bookmarked

  4. AMAZING! Thank you for sharing, this recipe was excellent.

  5. I made this yesterday and it is incredibly moist and delicious :)

  6. Made this for my dad(for his birthday) and he LOVED it!!! Thanks, will DEFINITELY make this again!!

  7. This was delicious! I just posted it!

  8. I'm so excited, I just printed this out! Sounds like a divine fall treat, mmmmm, like all the goodness of a caramel apple with some cake too! How can that be bad? And I'm of your mind-set, with that much butter, it HAS to taste good.

  9. Hi there! Just wanted to let you know that I've just baked this recipe of yours and it was a SENSATION! Delish - much gushing by all. I'll definitely do it again - thanks for keeping our tummies so happy!

  10. OMG... I made this yesterday & there's only one slice left(only because I didn't take that one to work) FANTASTIC;) thank you