Caramel Apple Cake

This Caramel Apple Cake recipe is one of my favorite fall recipes. With a perfect blend of cinnamon, apple, and nutmeg, this cake is topped with a delightful caramel icing. I’m always asked for the recipe whenever someone tastes this delicious cake.

Caramel Apple Cake recipe

It takes a little bit of time to make, mostly because it bakes for close to 1.5 hours, but it’s pretty easy to put together.

Caramel Apple Cake recipe


Scroll down for the printable recipe.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1.5 cups canola oil
  • 1.5 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 3.5 cups diced peeled apples (approx 3-4 large apples)
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Caramel Icing:

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 cup milk (whole milk is best or use half-and-half)
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • dash salt
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • chopped walnuts, optional

Start by combining the oil and sugars until well blended. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients, then gradually add to the creamed mixture. Fold in the apples, walnuts, & vanilla. It will be pretty thick, like this:

Pour/spoon into a 10″ greased and floured tube pan.

Bake at 325° for 1.5 hours or until tests done. Cool for 10 minutes before removing cake from the pan. Cool completely on a wire rack.

In a small heavy saucepan over med-low heat, cook and stir brown sugar, milk, butter, and salt until sugar is dissolved and butter is melted. It’s very simple so don’t worry if you’re not a candy-making genius. (I’m certainly not.) Transfer to a small bowl and cool until it’s room temperature. It won’t look very glaze-y at this point, but it will.

Once it’s cooled, beat in 1 cup of confectioners sugar until smooth. I used a wire whisk to get out any lumps.
Drizzle over the cake and sprinkle with nuts if desired.

Caramel Apple Cake recipe

Be prepared for the cake to disappear quickly!

Caramel Apple Cake recipe

Think apple-cinnamon-nutmeg + caramel goodness. Mmmmm….Caramel Apple Cake…

Caramel Apple Cake recipe

Could you resist it?

Click here for the printable recipe >>> Caramel Apple Cake


*recipe slightly adapted from Taste of Home

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About the Author

Erika is a happily married mom with four energetic children. With a love for Jesus, photography, organizing, and encouraging other moms, she stays busy and definitely does not have it all together.


  1. Linda Meyers-Gabbard says:

    Sounds so yummy. I can’t wait to try this.

  2. Heather Kahl says:

    HI there,

    I am a fellow follower of Christ and I was so excited to find your site. I was looking for homemade playdough recipes the other day when I found your recipe. It was the best recipe I have ever found and I used to teach Preschool where we made playdough all of the time! Now I’m a SAHM to my 6 month old daughter (can’t wait for more) and I am always excited to find great sites like yours. Next adventure? Caramel Apple Cake for Halloween dessert. Thanks for all of your hard work for moms like me!

  3. Mary Dailey says:

    This looks and sounds so wonderful! I have to try this for our next get together!

  4. That looks so good! It would be perfect for a chilly fall night.

  5. Holy Moly! You should open a bakery with all the scrumpious goodies you bake. I’m going to go pin this. Thank you so much for sharing all this sinful yummy food. :)

  6. I cAn’t wait to try this recipe. Perhaps for thanksgiving

  7. Kathy Smith says:

    There’s nothing better than caramel and apples together. Thanks for the recipe, can’t wait to make it.

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