Apple, cinnamon & 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.
Today we’re embracing fall and making the perfect apple cake recipe. I’m not quite ready for pumpkin recipes yet – I’m definitely ready for some caramel apple goodness. And that’s exactly what we’re making.
This apple cake with caramel frosting combines 3 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.
Apple Cake Recipe
What you’ll love about this apple cake is that it’s oh so moist and packed with flavor. It’s a little denser in texture to support the chunks of apple, and the crumb is tender and soft. The amazing texture is because we’re using oil to keep the crumb soft, eggs for tenderness, and a little sour cream for moisture. Then the cake is filled with sooooo much flavor thanks to the brown sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon and apples.
What Kind of Apples for Apple Cake?
For this apple cake – I definitely recommend using a tart baking apple, such as Granny Smith. The apple will sweeten as it bakes and the flavor will mellow. For this recipe it’s really important to cut the apple into very small pieces, otherwise, the cake can kind of fall apart when you go to cut into it.
How to Make Caramel Frosting
Ok – let’s talk about this caramel frosting. It’s sweet, it’s delicious, and it’s perfect if you’re the type of person who could eat caramel sauce out of the jar. Here’s what to do:
- In a saucepan over low-medium heat, melt the butter.
- Add in the brown sugar and cream. Melt everything together while whisking gently.
- After it’s melted, bring to a gentle boil for 3 minutes while whisking.
- Remove the pan from the heat, and pour the mixture into a large bowl. Cool for at least 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 consistency & sweetness is reached.
I love the salty sweetness of the caramel frosting – but it’s definitely sweet. So you won’t need a really thick layer on the cake. But if frosting isn’t really your thing at all, this cake is super delicious on its own or with a scoop of ice cream.
This apple cake with caramel frosting is such a delicious fall treat. The combo of apples, cinnamon & delicious caramel combines 3 of my favorite flavors into one delicious cake. And if you’re looking for an apple treat for fall – then this apple cake with caramel frosting is definitely your recipe!
Apple Cake with Caramel Frosting
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 529 Total Fat: 18g Saturated Fat: 7g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 10g Cholesterol: 63mg Sodium: 238mg Carbohydrates: 91g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 74g Protein: 4g