Fresh Apple Cake with Caramel Frosting

Fresh Apple Cake
Fresh Apple Cake. Diana Rattray
  • 75 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 55 mins
  • Yield: 1 cake

This cake, originally posted on our forum, is a great way to use apples. The easy frosting is made with brown sugar and confectioners' sugar for a buttery caramel flavor.

See Also
Apple Bundt Cake with Nuts
Fresh Apple Cake With Brown Sugar Topping​

What You'll Need

  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 1/2 cups flour (11 1/4  ounces)
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 3 cups finely chopped raw apples (or grated)
  • For the Frosting:
  • 1/2 cup butter (4 ounces)
  • 1 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 3  tablespoons milk (or more, as needed)
  • 1 box confectioners' sugar (1 pound), about 4 cups

How to Make It

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Lightly grease a 9-by-13-by-2-inch baking pan and then line with parchment or wax paper. Grease the paper. 
  3. Measure vegetable oil into large mixing bowl.
  4. Add the granulated sugar and eggs. Beat on low speed until creamy. Beat in vanilla. Sift flour and measure.
  5. Sift again and add salt, soda and baking powder.
  6. Add a small amount of the flour mixture at a time to the creamed mixture.
  1. Beat well after each addition. When all flour has been added, or when batter becomes very stiff, remove electric mixer.
  2. Fold in chopped pecans and chopped apples with a wooden spoon.
  3. Spread evenly into the prepared pan.
  4. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes.
  5. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes. Carefully loosen edges and turn onto cake rack, remove wax paper, cool and frost.

Make the Frosting

  1. Cook butter and sugar together until well blended and sugar is dissolved. Add 3 tablespoons milk and 1 box of confectioners' sugar. Beat and add just enough milk to spread.