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salted caramel apple cake

(1 rating)
Recipe by
Ellen Gwaltney Bales
Indianapolis, IN

A new twist on the salted-caramel craze. Throw in some apples and you've got a very decadent dessert. I'm making it this weekend. Recipe: 09-18-14

(1 rating)
yield 12 serving(s)
prep time 25 Min
cook time 50 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For salted caramel apple cake

  • 6 Tbsp
    cold butter
  • 1-1/2 c
    packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp
    sea salt
  • 4
    gala apples, cored and peeled, each cut into 8 wedges
  • 1-1/2 c
    all purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp
    pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp
  • 1/2 c
    (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 2
  • 1 tsp
  • 1/2 c
  • whipped cream (optional)

How To Make salted caramel apple cake

  • 1
    Butter the bottom of a 10-inch round cake pan (I used a 10-inch deep-dish pie pan) with 4 Tbsp. of the butter. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup of the brown sugar and the sea salt.
  • 2
    Heat remaining 2 Tbsp. cold butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add apples; saute 13 to 15 minutes, until tender. Cool.
  • 3
    In a large bowl, whisk flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder and salt. In a second large bowl, beat softened butter and remaining 1 cup brown sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs, one at a time, then vanilla.
  • 4
    On low speed, beat flour mixture into butter mixture, alternating with half-and-half. Scrape down sides of bowl; beat for 1 minute.
  • 5
    Fan apples over bottom of prepared pan. Spread batter over apples. Bake in a preheated 350º oven for 45 to 50 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool for 15 minutes.
  • 6
    Run a small knife around edge of pan. Place a serving plate on top of pan and turn plate and pan over together. Carefully remove pan. If any apples remain in pan, place on cake.
  • 7
    Serve warm or at room temperature with whipped cream, if desired (or even ice cream!).