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Apple Cake with Caramel

This apple caramel cinnamon cake is SUCH a gem. It’s super moist, tender, and brimming with warm spices and plummy apples. It is just as delish with or without the caramel drizzle!

Apple Cake with Caramel Drizzle on white plate
This Apple Cake with Caramel features warm fall flavors.

Apple Cake with Caramel

Fall is synonymous with apples galore, and we’re here to embrace all of it.

Our month of apple love included these tasty and healthier Baked Apple Cinnamon Doughnut Holes for breakfast.  Not to mention these fluffy soft Apple Oatmeal Cookies for afternoon pick-me-ups.  

I’ve been wanting to bake up an apple cake for ever since an old friend brought a tasty apple cake over to our house many years ago. Since then, this tender apple cake has been a family favorite every fall, and now you can bake it for your favorite people as well.

Apple Cake with Caramel Drizzle squares
Loaded with fresh apples and spices

Apples for Baking

There are several great choices when choosing apples that are good for baking. Here are a few tried and true favorites:

  • Granny smith apples are a classic choice for baking into apple pies, and they’re a great pick for apple cakes as well. Granny smith apples are known for their tart-sweet flavor profile, as well as their firmness. They bake up tenderly yet maintain shape without becoming mushy.
  • Honeycrisp apples are famous for their huge apple flavor and sweetness. Honeycrisp apples have a wonderfully crisp texture; when baked, they become tender without turning into mush. We love them in this Easy Apple Crisp.
  • Gala and Fuji apples both have a crisp, sweet flesh that works well for baking. They’re great in baked goodies such as this Moist Apple Fritter Bread and Caramel Apple Baked Donuts.
Apple Cake with Caramel Drizzle slice
Dressed up with caramel sauce and powdered sugar

The Flavors

This apple caramel cinnamon cake might be the best thing to make with apples this entire fall.  It’s amazingly tender, super moist, and brimming with plummy apples and warm spices in every bite.  The warm caramel drizzle is a happy bonus, but this cake is already so good by itself that it can fly solo.  Serve this cake dressed up or as-is; the choice is yours.

If you want to go all out, drizzle that ooey gooey caramel all over the cake, followed by a sprinkle of powdered sugar. Pre-slice it into squares, if you’d like. Leftovers keep well at room temperature for several days, and cake can also be frozen. Whatever you do, just don’t lose this recipe, because you’ll want it for every fall from this day forward.

Try this One-Bowl Apple Cake with Cheesecake Icing:


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Apple Caramel Cinnamon Cake

5 from 25 reviews

This apple caramel cinnamon cake is SUCH a gem. It’s super moist, tender, and brimming with warm spices and plummy apples. It is just as delish with or without the caramel drizzle!

  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cook Time: 45 min
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Yield: 20 1x

Ingredients

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  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cups brown sugar, packed
  • 4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp table salt
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 TB vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 4 cups Granny Smith apples (peeled, cored, diced small)
  • 1/2 cup caramel candies*
  • 2 tsp water
  • powdered sugar, optional garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and move rack to middle or lower middle position. Generously grease and flour a 9×13 baking pan. Set aside.
  2. In the large bowl of a stand mixer, beat oil and eggs until fully combined. Add both sugars and vanilla and beat until mixture is smooth and creamy.
  3. In a separate large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Gradually add flour mixture to egg mixture and use rubber spatula to fold together just until incorporated. The batter will be thick. Fold in the diced apples with spatula and spread batter into greased/floured pan.
  4. Bake for 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Don’t over-bake.
  5. Cool cake on wire rack. Slice into squares to serve when cake is cooled.
  6. For caramel drizzle: Melt caramels and 2 tsp water in saucepan, stirring constantly just until melted. Will be very hot! Drizzle with fork over cake squares. Sprinkle powdered sugar just before serving, if desired.

Notes

*Instead of using store-bought caramel candy, you can use this 4-ingredient Salted Caramel recipe as well.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 254
  • Sugar: 24.7 g
  • Sodium: 135.7 mg
  • Fat: 12 g
  • Carbohydrates: 36 g
  • Protein: 2.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 18.7 mg
  • Author: Chew Out Loud
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Apple Cake, Caramel Apple Cake

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57 comments

    • Allyssa

    Thank you so much for sharing this delicious and really tasty apple cinnamon cake with caramel recipe! So easy to make as well! Highly recommended! Will surely have this again!

      • chewoutloud

      So glad you guys liked it!

    • Angie

    Your APPLE CARAMEL CINNAMON CAKE looks beautiful, and I’m sure that it tastes as good as it looks! Enjoying a serving of your apple dessert would make an autumn day perfect for me.

      • chewoutloud

      Happy fall baking, Angie!

    • Andrea Howe

    Just went apple picking yesterday so was looking for some tasty Fall apple desserts. And this was it!!! So good, and so easy to make too 🙂

    • kerri

    this just screams fall. we are huge caramel apple fans in our house! i’ll be making this all season long!

    • Jamie

    What a delicious, apple filled treat for the fall! I made this and it made my whole house smell so lovely. It was gone within minutes and my family asked for this again. Thank you!

    • Nicole

    I just bought a big bag of honey crisp apples from Costco, so I know exactly what I’m going to make with them now. I love apple desserts any time of year, but this recipe looks extra great for fall, with the warm spices and dose of caramel.

    • Sam

    Ok this apple cinnamon cake looks amazing! I am so excited fall is here for all the fall baking I am about to do. Starting with this one. Can’t wait!

    • Jacqueline Debono

    I love all kinds of apple desserts and autumn really is the season to make them. This apple cake looks scrumptious. Planning to make it at the weekend with the caramel sauce coz I love the sound of that too!

    • Harsh

    Yum! So many of my favourite ingredients in the one recipe!

    • Jenny

    Yes, you are right this apple cake is a gem! Absolutely delicious, LOVE that you are using olive oil (I am Greek, use it on everything). We all had a second piece and there are no crumbs left! Thanks so much!

    • Shelley

    Oh, this is glorious! One of those recipes I feel like I can practically taste, right through the screen! So much autumn flavor, and the perfect way to celebrate long-awaited apple season!

    • Amy

    Yum! So many of my favourite ingredients in the one recipe! We have been doing a lot of baking lately and making care packages for family and friends. So adding this in the mix!

    • Sarah F

    This cake is delicious. I’ve made it twice in the past month with apples from my parents tree. Question- do you know why mine is coming out much darker than the picture? It almost looks like chocolate batter!

      • chewoutloud

      Do you use darker brown sugar? Or possibly the oven difference. So glad you like it 🙂

    • Liz

    Nice cake. Thanks so much.

    • Brielymar

    I had a bunch of McIntosh apples that I didn’t particularly like eating by themselves, so I was looking for a cake recipe since everything I read about the apples said they become too mushy to make a pie. Somehow I came across this recipe, and thank goodness I did!. All I can say is DELICIOUS! I brought the cake to work since it’s just me and my sister at home, and my coworkers LOVE it! Thank you!

      • chewoutloud

      YAY, Bri! So glad you guys loved it, and thanks for letting us know 🙂

    • Dee Beckwith

    This apple cake recipe is fantastic!! I added a handful of chopped walnuts for some crunch. 🙂

      • chewoutloud

      I know, right?? It is soooo yummers!! Thanks for writing and letting us know you liked! 🙂

    • Julie @ Lovely LIttle Kitchen

    I’m loving all these apple recipes… Fall is here!

      • chewoutloud

      Yes, the foods of fall are what keeps me going when it gets cold! Glad you came over, Julie!

    • Danielle @ TheBestDessertRecipes.com

    That caramel drizzle looks SO good. As does the cake, of course! 🙂

      • chewoutloud

      Thanks, Danielle! So glad you came over today 🙂

    • peanutbutterandonion

    This looks like fall

      • chewoutloud

      So fall and super yum! Thanks for coming over! 🙂

    • matchamochimoo

    It must be so yummy!

      • chewoutloud

      It really is! Thanks for stopping over 🙂

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