Caramel Shine Cakes

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The recipe comes from Chef Rick Tanner of Alona's Cafe in Bristol, TN. We visited our local distillery in Piney Flats, TN and this recipe came with our caramel moonshine. There is nothing not to like about this cake. Apples, cinnamon and apple pie spices, pumpkin, pecans and caramel. Yes, I think you can taste the 'Shine' so it may not be for everyone. Remember though, the shine is cooked.


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1 Hr
45 Min


  • CAKE:

  • 3 c
  • 1 1/3 c
    sugar, plus another 1/4 cup for the apples
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    apple pie spice
  • 2 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1 tsp
  • 1
    apple, peeled, cored and diced

  • 4 large
  • 1/2 c
    vegetable oil
  • 1/2 c
    sour cream
  • 1
    zest from an orange
  • 1/3 c
  • 2-3 Tbsp
    ennessee mellomoon caramel shine

  • 1 can(s)
    pumpkin pie mix (mix according to instructions)

  • 1/2 c
  • 1 Tbsp
    light corn syrup
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 1/2 c
    heavy cream
  • 3/4 c
    pecans, roughly chopped
  • 3-4 Tbsp
    tennessee mellomoon caramel shine
  • pinch

How to Make Caramel Shine Cakes


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Butter (I used butter flavored Crisco and it came out just fine) and flour the bundt pan (I used the mini individual bundt pans (makes 12 small ones---we can't eat a whole cake!). If you have a family of 4+, go ahead and use the regular bundt pan.
  2. In one large mixing bowl, combine the flour, 1 1/3 cup sugar, apple pie spice, baking powder, baking soda, salt and apples that have been tossed with 1/4 cup sugar. Toss
  3. In another bowl, combine the eggs and oil. Whisk in sour cream, orange zest, buttermilk and Caramel Shine. Pour the egg mix into the dry ingredients and mis with an electric mixer just until incorporated.
  4. In another bowl, mix the can of pumpkin pie filling (NOT pure pumpkin) with the recommended ingredients for a pie.
  5. First: Pour half the cake batter in the bundt pan. SAVE the other half for the top of the cake.
  6. Second: Pour pumpkin pie mix (about 1 1/2 cups) over the top of the batter in the pan.
  7. Third: Pour the rest of the cake batter over the top of the pumpkin pie mix.
  8. Bake your cake(s) about 45 minutes or until the cake pulls away from the sides of the pan and a cake tester comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes and then invert.
  9. NOTE: I made a double recipe for this because I did individual cakes. If you are making one bundt cake, one recipe for the caramel sauce should be enough.

    BE CAREFUL HERE: My sugar, corn syrup crystalized when I added the cream. Lower the heat and continue stirring until you get a nice thickish caramel and the crystalized sugar relaxes into a nice caramel.

    Caramel Sauce: While your cake(s) is/are cooling, Stir the sugar, corn syrup, and 2 tablespoons water in a small saucepan. Bring it to a boil over medium heat and cook, swirling the pan NOT stirring until the sugar is a dark amber colored caramel, about 15 minutes. Pull pan from the heat and carefully pour in the cream (it WILL splatter). Stir in the pecans, salt and Caramel Moonshine. Cool until caramel becomes thick and syrupy, pour over the cake.

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About Caramel Shine Cakes

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: Southern
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian Soy Free

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