This dense apple cake with caramel sauce dripping down the sides, is a wonderful brunch treat. I love a thick slice with my coffee, and it is full of apples so I feel like I am at least getting some good fiber with my treat, haha!
Homemade Apple Cake with Caramel Sauce
This cake is made from scratch, not from a box. But it is still pretty easy! The most time-consuming part is peeling and chopping the apples. I like to make this cake with apples that have been sitting on my counter a bit too long, and they are getting wrinkly or soft. They work great in apple cake!
How to prepare apples for cake
Peel and dice enough apples to make 3 cups. It usually takes about 3 medium apples, or one pound. (If the apples are small, it may take 4, if they are large, it might only take 2.)
I like to dice the apples pretty fine, and sometimes I shred the apples. Shredded apples are good if your kids don’t like chunks of apple in their cake!
Then, sprinkle apples with the juice of one lemon, and stir them to coat. This prevents the apples from turning brown.
How to mix the cake batter
In a large mixing bowl, place the oil and sugar and beat until well mixed. Add eggs one at a time, and beat well after each egg.
Next, add flour, cinnamon, soda, salt, and nutmeg and beat well. Add vanilla and mix.
Last, add the diced apples and the walnuts, and stir well. The batter will be very thick at this point. Pour into a greased and floured pan.
How to flour a cake pan
Spray a bundt cake pan with non-stick spray, then place 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour into the pan. Tip the pan in all directions, till the flour is sticking to all sides.
Turn the pan upside down over a wastebasket and tap the bottom to remove any excess flour. It’s ok if there are spots that are more greasy, it will all work out.
Bake the apple bundt cake at 325° for 60-75 minutes. Test for doneness by poking a toothpick into the center, and of it comes out clean, the cake is done.
This is a very heavy, moist cake, so there may be a few small crumbs that stick, and it is still done.
Another way to check, is by gently touching the top of the cake with your finger, and if it springs back, the cake is done. If it stays indented, bake it a few more minutes.
Make the caramel sauce
While the cake is baking, make the caramel sauce. First, place 3 Tablespoons butter, 3 Tablespoons brown sugar, and 2 Tablespoons milk in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.
Boil the sauce for 2 minutes, and remove from heat. Stir in the vanilla and let cool slightly. Pour over cake while cake is still warm, allowing the sauce to drip down the sides.
Store leftover cake in the fridge, or you may freeze it.
Apple Cake with Caramel Sauce
- 2 cups sugar
- 1½ cups oil vegetable or olive
- 3 eggs
- 3 cups flour all-purpose
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 3 cups apple diced
- 1 lemon juiced
- 1 cup walnuts chopped
- 3 Tablespoons butter
- 3 Tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 Tablespoons milk
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- ¼ cup flour
- Peel and dice enough apples to make 3 cups. (About 3-4 medium apples) Sprinkle with teh juice of 1 lemon and stir. Set aside for later.
- Preheat oven to 325°.
- In a large mixing bowl, mix oil and sugar together, and beat well. Add eggs - one at a time, beating well after each one. Add vanilla and mix.
- Add flour, salt, baking soda, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Stir well. Add apples and walnuts, and stir. Mixture will be very thick.
- Grease and flour a bundt cake pan. To flour: spray with non-stick spray, and add ¼ cup of flour, turn and tip pan till all sides are covered with flour. Turn pan upside down over wastebasket, and tap bottom of pan to discard any extra flour.
- Spoon cake batter into pan and bake at 325° for 60-75 minutes. To test for doneness: Stick a toothpick into cake and if it is clean when you remove it, the cake is done. Alternately, you may touch the top of the cake gently with your finger and if the cake springs back it is done, if it stays indented, it needs a few more minutes.
- While cake is baking, make the caramel sauce: Place 3 Tablespoons butter, 3 Tablespoons brown sugar, and 2 Tablespoons milk into a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes, then remove from heat, add vanilla and stir. Let cool for a few minutes.
- When cake is finished baking, remove from oven and turn upside down onto a plate or cake stnd to cool. While cake is still hot, drizzle with caramel sauce. Slice and serve!