Apple Spice Cake with Sea Salt Caramel Glaze

Tammy Bovender


I originally got a similar recipe from I played around with it and it always turns out wonderful. I have a nut allergy so I don't put nuts in mine, but if you are a nut lover, black walnuts along with a little black walnut flavoring make a wonderful addition to this cake!

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Apples and caramel are a classic combination that reminds me of fall. The cake itself is moist and tender with chunks of apple in each bite. There's a hint of cinnamon that makes the kitchen smell like fall. It's the perfect cake for the thick, buttery and sweet salted caramel glaze. A beautiful fall dessert.

Note: We let the glaze thicken for about 10 minutes before we drizzled it onto the cake. The Test Kitchen


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30 Min
1 Hr 20 Min


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2 c
white sugar
1 1/2 c
vegetable oil
2 tsp
pure vanilla extract
3 c
all-purpose flour
1 tsp
baking soda
1 tsp
ground cinnamon
1 tsp
2 medium
apples, granny smith


1/2 c
butter, unsalted
2 tsp
half and half
1/2 c
light brown sugar
1/2 tsp
ground sea salt
1/2 tsp

How to Make Apple Spice Cake with Sea Salt Caramel Glaze


  • 1Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9-inch bundt pan.
  • 2In a large bowl, beat the sugar, oil, vanilla, and eggs with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
  • 3Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  • 4Add dry ingredients into wet ingredients. Stir the batter just until blended.
  • 5Fold in the peeled, cored and chopped apples (and 1 cup walnuts if desired) using a spoon.
  • 6Pour into the prepared pan.
  • 7Bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes in the preheated oven, until a toothpick inserted into the crown of the cake comes out clean.
  • 8Allow to cool for about 20 minutes.
  • 9Then invert onto a wire rack or large plate.
  • 10Make the glaze by heating the butter, half and half, sea salt, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract and brown sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  • 11Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar, then remove from the heat.
  • 12Drizzle over the warm cake. The key to this is making sure that the cake has cooled to warm and the caramel glaze is cooled to desired consistency. If you put this glaze on while the cake and glaze are too hot, the glaze will absorb and disappear into the cake. It will still be good but not as pretty. Enjoy!

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About Apple Spice Cake with Sea Salt Caramel Glaze

Course/Dish: Cakes, Fruit Desserts
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: American
Hashtags: #apple, #cake

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