Apple Cake with Hot Caramel Sauce

Crystal ~


I have been making this recipe for years. This is a super moist and delicious dessert with a rich caramel sauce. It originates from Marcia Adams cooking show she use to have on PBS TV station back in the 80's. This cake makes a wonderful after dinner dessert with a cup of coffee.

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20 Min
35 Min


½ cup pecans or walnuts, finely chopped
2 large cooking apples cut into small cubes (2-1/2 cups)
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup all-purpose flour
whipped cream
caramel sauce:
1 stick unsalted butter
1 cup brown sugar
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup evaporated milk

How to Make Apple Cake with Hot Caramel Sauce


  • 1Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • 2Peel, core, and chop apples to equal 2½ cups; set aside.
  • 3Lightly oil a 8 or 9 inch cake pan: set aside.
  • 4In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar; beat until fluffy. Add in the egg and beat until blended.
  • 5Mix in the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg, mixing until combined. Stir in the apples and nuts. ( Mixture will be thick).
  • 6Spoon the apple mixture into the lightly oiled cake pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes.
  • 7Prepare Caramel Sauce:
  • 8In a small saucepan, melt the butter, brown sugar, and salt. Bring to a boil; stirring with a whisk.
  • 9Remove from heat and whisk in the vanilla and evaporated milk.
  • 10To serve, ladle 1-2 tablespoons of the hot Caramel sauce onto serving plates. Place a wedge of cake on top of Caramel sauce. Drizzle a little more sauce over the cake. Garnish with a dollop of whipped cream. Enjoy!
  • 11Note: The sauce can be made ahead of time and then reheated in the microwave. You can also spoon out a tablespoon or 2 on a saucer, and reheat that amount up for a single serving. The cake should be served warm, or at least room temperature for the best flavor. :)

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About Apple Cake with Hot Caramel Sauce

Course/Dish: Cakes, Other Desserts
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: American