Gooey Caramel Apple Cake

Gooey Apple Cake with Caramel Topping
Diana Rattray
  • 60 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Yield: Serves 8
Ratings (8)
This apple cake is topped with an easy cooked caramel topping, poured over the hot cake.

What You'll Need

  • 1 cup light brown sugar (firmly packed)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 medium tart apples (peeled, cored and coarsely chopped)
  • For the Caramel Topping:
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar (packed)
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

How to Make It

  1. In a mixing bowl with electric mixer, beat together 1 cup of brown sugar, the vegetable oil, cinnamon, and 1 tablespoon of vanilla. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in the milk, flour, baking powder, and salt, stirring just until blended. Stir in apples.
  2. Pour the batter into a greased 9-inch square pan. Bake at 350° until cake springs back when touched lightly in the center, about 30 to 40 minutes. 
  1. Meanwhile, make the caramel topping. Combine 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup butter, and 1/4 cup of heavy cream in a heavy saucepan over medium heat; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer; continue cooking and stirring for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla.
  2. With a fork, pierce the hot cake all over.
  3. Pour hot caramel topping over the cake.
  4. Serve warm or at room temperature with a dollop of sweetened whipped cream or whipped topping. Alternatively, serve with a scoop of ice cream.

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