Apple Spice Cake with Caramel Sauce

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Apple Spice Cake with Caramel Sauce is the perfect fall dessert. Seasonal apples, cinnamon applesauce, spiced rum, and an addicting caramel sauce are the featured ingredients in this delicious fall cake. So amazing and simple to make too!

Overhead shot of two servings of apple cake, with caramel sauce on top.

Are you more of an apple or pumpkin fan when it comes to fall baking? I’ve wavered some, but I’ll just go neutral here and say BOTH. I don’t want to cause a controversy! 😀

Either way, fall baking is my favorite. It just makes sense that when the weather starts to cool, we all crave something sweet and sometimes warm (in this case). A cup of apple cider or coffee, and a nice slice of cake. It also helps to have a special friend and a couple of comfy chairs.

THIS cake? It’s so amazing!

  • Super moist.
  • With bits of apple chunks.
  • Full of fall flavors – cinnamon and spiced rum.
  • Topped with a delicious caramel sauce that is totally addicting!
Overhead shot of a square white dish of apple spice cake, with a jar of caramel sauce.

Ingredients needed for Apple Spice Cake:

You can mix everything in ONE bowl! Love it when that happens.

  • Butter – Melted unsalted (or salted) butter.
  • Sugars – A combo of brown sugar and granulated sugar.
  • Vanilla – Watkin’s Vanilla is the brand I buy.
  • Applesauce – Cinnamon applesauce helps make this cake super moist.
  • Rum – Use spiced or dark rum. You can also just use additional applesauce if desired.
  • Eggs – Two large eggs.
  • Baking Staples – Baking soda, kosher salt, and cinnamon.
  • Flour – Two cups of all-purpose flour.
  • Apples – I used about two cups of diced seasonal apples, or approximate 1 1/2 large apples.
Collage of the 1) cake batter and 2) the cake batter plus apples.
The cake batter inside a square white dish with handles.

Ingredients needed for Caramel Sauce:

BTW, this is a simple 5-10 minute sauce. No candy thermometer required!

  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla
  • Heavy Cream
  • Sea Salt
A mason jar of caramel sauce, with a measuring spoon.

How to make Apple Spice Cake with Caramel Sauce:

  1. Prep. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8×8 baking dish with baking spray.
  2. Combine wet ingredients. In a large mixing bowl, combine the melted butter and sugars and mix well. Then add the vanilla applesauce, rum, and finally, the eggs. Mix well.
  3. Add dry ingredients. – Then add the baking soda, kosher salt, and cinnamon. Stir to combine, and then add flour and mix until just combined. Pour in the diced apples and gently mix again. Pour the batter into the prepared dish and smooth it out evenly.
  4. Bake. Bake cake for approximately 35-38 minutes, or until done in the center. Remove from oven to cool just slightly.
  5. Make caramel sauce. In a small saucepan, melt butter and then add brown sugar. Whisk, and add vanilla and then cream. Continue whisking until nice and bubbly. Remove from heat, stir in the sea salt, and pour into a glass mason jar.
  6. Serve. Serve cake warm with a spoonful of caramel sauce. You can also serve room temperature and warm up the sauce for drizzling.

Storing Leftovers: Leave the leftovers on the counter, covered, for up to three days.

Freezing: You can also try freezing this cake. I haven’t tested it, but I believe you could.

A drizzle of caramel on a slice of apple cake.

I used a couple different apples for my apple cake, but you could use your favorite baking apple. Since I’m a Texan now, I go with whatever looks good at the grocery store, instead of going to an orchard (like the old days). My favorites are:

  • Braeburn
  • Fuji
  • Gala
  • Granny Smith
  • Honeycrisp
  • Jonathan
  • Pink Lady
A fork in the middle of a piece of apple cake.
A side view of a partial  dish of apple cake, showing the apples inside.

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Make this dessert recipe next: Puff Pastry Peach Tartlets

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xoxo ~Sue

Overhead shot of two servings of apple cake, with caramel sauce on top.

Apple Spice Cake with Caramel Sauce

Apple Spice Cake with Caramel Sauce is the perfect fall dessert. Seasonal apples, cinnamon applesauce, spiced rum, and an addicting caramel sauce are the featured ingredients in this delicious fall cake. So amazing and simple to make too!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple spice cake
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 36 minutes
Total Time: 56 minutes
Servings: 9 servings
Calories: 435kcal
Author: Sue Ringsdorf

Ingredients

For the cake:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter – melted
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup cinnamon applesauce
  • 1/3 cup dark rum – or spiced rum
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups apples (use baking apples) – peeled and finely diced

For the caramel sauce:

  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 Tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare an 8×8 dish with baking spray.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine melted butter and sugars. Then add vanilla, cinnamon applesauce, dark rum, and then eggs. Make sure you add the eggs last to prevent them from getting warm from the melted butter.
  • Then add the baking soda, kosher salt, cinnamon, and flour. Stir until just combined, and then gradually add diced apples and mix.
  • Pour the cake batter into the baking dish and smooth out evenly. Bake for 35-38 minutes, or until done in the center. Remove to cool slightly.
  • Meanwhile, make caramel sauce. In a small saucepan, melt butter and add brown sugar. Stir well and then add vanilla and heavy cream. Whisk until well mixed and slightly bubbly. Remove and add the sea salt. Pour into a glass jar (or other small dish).
  • To serve, slice cake into 9 equal pieces. Serve warm with a spoonful of caramel sauce.

Notes

For this recipe, I used one Granny Smith apple and one Honey-crisp. You could use any good baking apple.

Nutrition

Calories: 435kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 660mg | Potassium: 133mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 549IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 2mg

2 Comments

  1. Apple spice cake for the win! Amazing!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      It’s the perfect fall cake!

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