Caramel Apple Cake

Here is my favorite apple cake adapted from a recipe my friend Laura gave me, she got it from a friend who in turn got it from a friend. That is how the best recipes are, shared and made personal with little changes. Enjoy this cake and please let me know if you have made some fabulous change I should know about!

Apple Cake

1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups (320g) sugar
1/2 cup (120g) light brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 Tablespoons calvados
3 large eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg — freshly ground
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 cups apples, peeled — chunks
1 cup nuts — optional
Caramel Glaze

3 Tablespoons unsalted butter
6 Tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons molasses
3 Tablespoons calvados
3 Tablespoons heavy cream


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  2. Combine oil, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla and calvados, blend well.
  3. Add eggs one at a time.
  4. Combine dry ingredients. Add to wet.
  5. Add apples and nuts, mix well.
  6. Pour into prepared tube pan. Bake for 1 1/4 hours.
  7. Let rest for 20 minutes, remove from pan.
  8. Prepare caramel glaze: combine all ingredients and bring to boil for 2 minutes.
  9. Pour glaze over cake while still warm

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4 thoughts to “Caramel Apple Cake”

  1. November 28, 2007
    Hi Zoe,
    I served your breads (one plain Italian, one made with cheese and one a raisin bread) at a hospital meeting today. I was told I could have a second career as a baker. I gave you all the credit and handed out your cards. The breads did look very professional.

  2. Hi. I just ran across your site last Friday and made this recipe Sunday.

    I made cupcakes out of it and used the glaze in a stabilized whipped cream.

    It was so good. I mean blew me away good and I’m never blown away. I will add this cake to my go to dessert line up.

    I made changes only because I was making cupcakes and I wanted to use coconut oil.

    Posted it on my blog with a link to here.

    Thank you!

  3. I just made this cake yesterday for a friend’s birthday – it was amazing! I watch your instagram stories and am always inspired by your creations, so thank you!
    But this cake truly was impressive. I’ve now got three more requests for this apple cake. Thank you so much for the recipe!

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