Caramel Apple Cake

  • Total: 4 hr
  • Prep: 30 min
  • Cook: 3 hr 30 min
Save Recipe



3 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/3 cups sugar, plus 1/4 cup for apples

1 1/2 teaspoons ground apple or pumpkin pie spice blend

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon fine salt

4 large golden delicious apples, peeled, cored, and roughly chopped (about 5 cups)

3 large eggs

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup sour cream

Finely grated zest from 1 orange

Juice 1 orange (about 1/3 cup)

1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

Caramel Glaze:

1/2 cup sugar

1 tablespoon light corn syrup

2 tablespoons water

1/2 cup heavy cream

3/4 cup pecans, toasted and roughly chopped

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Pinch salt


  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Generously butter and flour a 10-cup Bundt pan.
  2. 2. For cake: Whisk flour, 1 1/3 cups sugar, 1 teaspoon pie spice, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl. 
  3. 3. Toss apples with remaining 1/4 cup sugar and 1/2 teaspoon pie spice and set aside. 
  4. 4. Whisk eggs and oil together in a large bowl. Whisk in sour cream, orange zest and juice, and vanilla. Pour egg mixture into dry ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon just until combined but slightly lumpy. 
  5. 5. Using a slotted spoon, scatter about 1/2 cup apples in bottom Bundt pan. Place about 1/3 batter on top. Repeat, alternating remaining apples and batter, ending with batter.
  6. 6. Bake cake until a skewer inserted into center cake comes out clean, about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Cool 10 minutes; invert onto a rack placed over a baking sheet. Cool.
  7. 7. For caramel: Stir sugar, corn syrup, and 2 tablespoons water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat and cook, swirling pan but not stirring, until sugar is a dark amber-colored caramel, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat; carefully pour in cream. Stir in pecans, vanilla, and salt. Cool until caramel becomes thick and syrupy; pour over cake; cool until set.
Get the Recipe

Peanut Butter Molten Bundt

This decadent chocolate bundt cake is filled with molten peanut butter.

Caramel Apple Cake

Perfect Caramel Apples

Caramel Apple Pie

Caramel Apples

Caramel Apple Cheesecake

Caramel, Chocolate and Candy Apples

Fresh Apple Cake

Apple Crisp