I’m madly in love with this caramel apple cake!
I didn’t stand a chance against its wily charms with fresh apples, caramel sauce baked right into the batter, cinnamon cream cheese frosting and yet more gooey caramel gracing the top.
You may find yourself gazing longingly at it with adoring eyes, the same way I did, lashes fluttering and heart beating faster. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
- 3 + ¾ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1½ teaspoons baking soda
- 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1½ cups brown sugar
- ½ cup canola or vegetable oil
- 1 cup fresh shredded apples, use large holes box grater
- ¾ cup jarred caramel dessert sauce or dulce de leche, plus more to drizzle over top
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 eggs
- 1½ cups buttermilk
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 6 tablespoons butter, softened
- 1 + ½ teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 5 cups (approximately) confectioners’ sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour three 8-inch round cake pans.
- In a large bowl whisk flour baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon
andsalt together. In a separate large bowl, beat sugar and oil together until combined. Add caramel and vanilla, beat for 30 seconds, then add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in shredded apples, draining off any juice that may have accumulated first. Add flour mixture in three parts, alternating with the buttermilk, beat until well combined. The batter will be very thin.
- Divide batter evenly among the prepared cake pans and bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle of each cake comes out clean, about 35 minutes. Cool on wire racks 10-15 minutes, turn out onto wire racks and cool completely before frosting with cinnamon cream cheese frosting.
- In a large bowl beat cream cheese and butter together on low speed until fluffy. Beat in cinnamon and vanilla extract. Beat in confectioners’ sugar a cup at a time, on low speed, continue beating about 5 minutes until light and fluffy, adding more sugar if needed to reach a good spreading consistency.
-Be aware the batter is thinner than most cakes, kind of like soup.
-When beating in the caramel it may seem as if it is seizing up but just forge ahead and all will be fine in the end.
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Like a true caramel apple, the cake is moist and sticky sweet on the inside with a subtle apple flavor that is insanely delicious. I’m convinced apples and caramel, so magnificent a pair, were made for each other. The cinnamon-drenched cream cheese frosting cuts right through the cloying sweetness with its tangy flavor giving it the balance it needs.
Warmly spiced and comforting, each and every bite screams out loud of autumn! I’m already dreaming of next year when I can bake it all over again to celebrate apple harvest.
It begs to become a part of my yearly baking tradition. And yours.