Moist apple spice cake topped with creamy caramel frosting

Apple Cake with Caramel Frosting

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 15 pieces
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

Ingredients

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

Instructions

Apple Cake

  • Preheat the oven to 350F degrees. Grease and flour a 9x13 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.
Nutrition Facts
Apple Cake with Caramel Frosting
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 529 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Polyunsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 63mg21%
Sodium 238mg10%
Carbohydrates 91g30%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 74g82%
Protein 4g8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.