Apple Spice Cake with Salted Caramel Sauce

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This lightly sweetened and spiced cake is filled with chunks of apple, then drizzled with warm caramel sauce just before serving. A sprinkling of raw sugar over the top of the cake adds a bit of crunch and sweetness as well.

Apple Spice Cake with Salted Caramel Sauce recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

If caramel sauce isn’t your thing, this cake was also delicious with a dollop of lightly sweetened whipped cream on top.

The whole family enjoyed this dessert. My preference was for the warm caramel sauce, my husband preferred the whipped cream and my kids voted for both. The cake is great all by itself, but the caramel and whipped cream take it right over the top.

Chewy edges, crazy moist blondies, and a crackling crust add up to these mouthwatering, slightly sweet Apple Brownies.

Apple Spice Cake with Salted Caramel Sauce recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

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Apple Spice Cake with Salted Caramel Sauce

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Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 40 mins
Total Time: 55 mins
Servings: 12 -16 servings

Ingredients 

  • 3 cups all purpose flour*
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • cup light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • cups sour cream
  • ½ cup milk
  • 6 tablespoons butter melted and slightly cooled
  • cups apples I used 2 huge honeycrisp apples, peeled and diced into 1/4″ pieces
  • ¼ cup raw sugar any large grain sugar should work

*Gluten Free Alternative

  • 2 cups brown rice flour
  • ¾ cup tapioca starch
  • ½ cup potato starch

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Grease a 9×13 pan with butter. Stir together the flours, baking powder, spices and brown sugar. Whisk the eggs lightly and then whisk in the sour cream. Add the milk and butter and whisk until smooth. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir just until combined. Gently fold in the apples.
  • Scrape the batter into the prepared baking dish and sprinkle generously with large grain sugar. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until the cake is golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out mostly clean. Serve warm with warm caramel sauce poured over the top. (Lightly sweetened whipped cream is also delicious with this cake.) Enjoy!

Notes

You can bake this cake in just about any type of pan. Simply adjust the cooking time accordingly. The small individual serving dish pictured below required just 20 minutes to bake.

Nutrition

Calories: 322kcal · Carbohydrates: 48g · Protein: 5g · Fat: 13g · Saturated Fat: 7g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g · Monounsaturated Fat: 3g · Trans Fat: 1g · Cholesterol: 61mg · Sodium: 171mg · Potassium: 257mg · Fiber: 2g · Sugar: 21g · Vitamin A: 431IU · Vitamin C: 2mg · Calcium: 111mg · Iron: 2mg
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{Originally published 10/16/13 – recipe notes updated 7/12/22}

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Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Lita says

    Love the cake and caramel sauce. I have that same plate. Got mine from a Harry and David's gift box. Thanks for sharing. Pinned.

    Wishes for tasty dishes,
    Linda @ Tumbleweed Contessa

  2. Sandra Marschall says

    I have some Cortland apples that I will be using with this recipe. Has anyone baked this in a bundt pan? I am wondering if there is enough batter to make the bundt and how long to bake it.

    • Mary says

      I think it would work in a bundt pan. The bake time would probably need to be increased by at least 10 minutes, just test for doneness with a toothpick. I hope that helps!

  3. Elaine says

    Is it possible to list the nutritional information with the recipes. I have type 2 diabetes and would like the carb info using white whole flour for the Apple Spice Cake with salted caramel sauce.