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