xo. The frosting reminded me of the filling for one of my all-time favorite desserts – Ho-Ho Cake. I’ve made this cake before and LOVED it and I’d like to make it again, BUT for a smaller group- has anyone successfully halved this recipe? Ever. I don’t think anybody’s fall cake eating will be the same after this beauty! I wonder how reducing the applesauce would improve the texture. (and that’s saying something if you saw how many I get emails from). Loosen all edges including around the center tube with a sharp knife before turning out onto a cake platter. Or do you have another frosting recipe suggestion. I can’t wait to make it for my friends birthday this weekend! I want to reach in and eat it! Thanks for posting a great cake recipe and sharing where you go the caramel recipe! It is then drizzled with a decadent salted caramel glaze. Here’s the link to her tutorial: http://thetoughcookie.com/2015/06/07/how-to-make-flour-buttercream-or-ermine-buttercream-the-battle-of-the-buttercreams-2-0/. Hi Kristin, It is a very dense cake, which is why I think the lighter frosting pairs so well. Great cake! And perhaps make it in a bundt pan if it’s large enough? I made this cake and it was moist and delicious! It also helps when the cake is slightly chilled. I made a half batch of this recipe and baked it in a 9×13 pan. 2) For the buttercream, it’s not necessary to let the mixture come to a boil. i am making this right now – the batter is delicious! Perhaps you could ask your friend what she normally substitutes in cakes? I like to make an awesome cake for my birthday each year, and this would fit the bill! However, it was too sweet for my taste, and while there was definitely apple flavor, I expected to taste the apple more. OMG this looks amazing!!! I love everything about it. Anyway, like I’ve said, LOVE your blog and this recipe is just too good to be true! Divide the batter evenly among the prepared pans and smooth the tops. Is it too dense? You are blessed to have each other!! I was recently put on a diet by my doctor because of some issues I’ve been having. And the caramel sauce is just delish! Place one cake layer on a serving platter. Spear 3 apples with a small wooden stick, and then dunk each apple about halfway into the remaining salted caramel sauce. The cake, including frosting was only 1 3/4 ” high but SO delicious and moist! I WANT a huge piece of that beauty right away. I think of something cotton-like and I mixed for over 20 minutes to get it to that consistency and it never got there. The cake itself was rich, moist, and dense and perfectly spiced. The frosting is not really “stiff”… it’s a fluffy consistency that spreads well. Hi, this looks and sounds amazing. Do you think this recipe would work well for cupcakes? Aww loved hearing about your morning wake up call, Allie – that blue-eyed, 3 footer is quite the little chap! . I just used whipped cream for the frosting. Butter a 10-inch cast iron skillet, dust with flour, and tap out excess. This Salted Caramel Apple Upside Down Cake is covered with a top layer of homemade salted caramel and loaded with thinly slices apples. The cake itself is amazing! Can’t wait to sample it. I did cheat a bit and used a store bought salted caramel sauce to top it all, but oh my the deliciousness that is this cake cannot be expressed by mere words! Is it at regular grocery stores or more specialty ones? In a large bowl, mix together gingersnaps, sugar, butter, and salt. Part of the issue might be substituting applesauce in recipes that are specifically formulated for butter or oil. Do you think this frosting will keep OK if I make it in advance and store it well chilled for a few days before frosting the cake? Tqsm Olivia for the best apple cake … The salted caramel sauce is completely amazing. Cel. He also has Down syndrome. I opened this in my email this morning, and thought it was the most gorgeous thing I could look at on a dreary central Ohio Monday morning. I dumped out the clear sauce and tried it again, this time I went to Bobby’s recipe and following his recipe and it was PERFECT!! This is a sponsored post written by me. There are many health benefits to coconut oil so I was thrilled that it worked well in this recipe. Sweet, sweet apple pie! Fall is my favorite time of year. My question is will this cake freeze very well? I used a good store bought brand and added vanilla salt to it. Mine came out very heavy, dense and had the quality of undercooked…although it was. This cake will not disappoint any of your friends and family. I make it often and put it on everything. Have you considered a repost of this recipe for cupcakes? Also, have you got a recipe for the salted caramel? I’ve never done a flour based frosting and I’m worried it won’t set up but every time I’m patient and wait a few minutes and check it in the mixer it’s thicker. Salted Caramel Apple Cake is a fall treat that is hard for anyone to resist! In a large mixing bowl, stir together sugar, self-rising flour and cinnamon until combined. Yes, it should freeze just fine! So sad to put in all this effort to have it all fall apart with the icing …. Just perfect. Anyone else had the same problem? Hi Michelle, what a beautiful cake, too beautiful to eat!!! Vanilla cake filled with apple slices and baked, then topped with caramel sauce, grey sea salt sprinkles, and toasted walnuts. It’s very moist and dense – on my cake plate, it must have weighed in at least 8 pounds. I was just wondering if there is anything you would recommend changing to make it a bit more calorie friendly. Add milk and salt. I get that the caramel would not come out right and I’m guessing the frosting wouldn’t either….but…thoughts on at least the cake portion? But my gut instinct is that it would work fine. I was a newbie at making caramel sauce and I aced it :)  The buttercream icing is a show stopper. http://chefinyou.com/egg-substitutes-cooking/. But…..its not very often you give such overwhelmingly high praise for something as you have this cake AND based on your husband’s enjoyment of the cake AND the rest of your family I’m willing to trust YOU because I’ve been following your blog longer, for YEARS, than almost every other one in my very very long list. The applesauce really makes for a moist cake!! Just depends on the cake for me! – you will definitely have to play with the baking time, it should be significantly less than for the full cake. Thanks, Michelle! This easy apple cake recipe is a winner! It was more like a spice cake. As stated in the recipe, it should  be soft, but still cool to the touch. Then when I tried to assemble the cake I think the layers were the tiniest bit still warm so the entire thing fell apart. Weird, I know, right? Hi Janet, Did you try the trick of putting it in the refrigerator to chill for a bit and then beat it again? It also weighed about 6 lbs total! Thank you again :)), Unfortunately my icing curdled after beating it for so long because it wouldn’t go fluffy. I think it might be too skimpy if you do. Made this cake and it is sssoooo good. 1) I think the caramel sauce recipe needs to be slightly tweaked to guarantee success. Loved your description of those morning moments. That way all layers would have the chopped peanuts for flavor. Hi Ela, I use the knife from this carving set: http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/wusthof-classic-carving-set/. Whereas it was completely baked through, it almost felt like it wasn’t. Wonderful!! This cake looks delicious too. Also how long does this cake keep for, whether or not I I end up having to make fresh applesauce or not? In a small bowl, combine the 2 cans of apple filling, the cinnamon, and the nutmeg. Easy Salted Caramel Apple Dump Cake Steps: Spray a 9×13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. At least for the cake portion? Have a beautiful Monday! Me too Marsha! Also, my brother is allergic to peanuts, so I used chopped pecans. Think it would be fab for Thanksgiving dessert table. I am a big fan of apple cakes, but with caramel sauce???? Great photos! I just started a diet but was very tempted. With just a little bit of extra effort, this was way better than pre-made cake mix! Cool the pie for 4 hours so the caramel and apple juices thicken. I have 9-inch pans but not 8 inch. Marlene, I followed the recipe exactly per the directions. Last night I slept with my bedroom windows cracked and it was cool when I woke up this morning. ;). But I’ve always shied away from making apple cakes with applesauce in them because of bad experiences trying to substitute applesauce in other cake recipes for oil..The texture has always ended up being a little weird even when doing half oil or butter and half applesauce. A drizzle of salted caramel sauce over the top. The frosting came together beautifully and it sure didn’t take 20-30 minutes of whipping! I do think that cream cheese frosting is always fabulous, though. My guests seemed to enjoy, I’ll make this again when I have a surplus of apples in the house. Refrigerate for 15 minutes, until firm. I think it’s worth trying with a hand mixer though if that’s all you have. I made this for my bf’s birthday – she loves apple desserts. I don’t think that will be too hard! Michelle, Michelle, Michelle, be still my heart… This is GORGEOUS… I think i have been waiting for this cake all my life!! Hi Amanda, All of the three layer cakes I make have more batter than a traditional 2-layer cake since the layers are thick and substantial, not thin. Hi Dana, Here is a post I did last year on my top 10 favorite cake recipes: https://www.browneyedbaker.com/top-10-list-favorite-cake-recipes/. 1. I love your salted caramel recipe, and when I saw this recipe in the Huffington Post, I knew I’d have to try it. AMAZING!!! Anyway, just imagine my horror and tremendous disappointment when I came home one evening,after making my purchase I took a bite of this beautiful caramel apple and it was SO salty I nearly gagged. Everyone loved, loved, loved this cake and I will be making it again. Easy Caramel Apple Dump Cake recipe, the best fall dessert with fresh apples, caramel, and a yellow cake mix. Instructions. Would this be good with cream cheese frosting? Your serving plate will be clean around the edges. Place 1 layer of cake, flat side up, on a plate or cake stand. One of the downfalls of having a huge stash of cookbooks is that a lot of really great recipes can fall between the cracks. As for the salted caramel sauce, yes, I’ve linked to it above in the recipe, as well as in the text of the post. I tried the apple caramel cake. ???? Place 1 layer of cake, flat side up, on a plate or cake stand. Salted Caramel Apple Cake is moist, fluffy and topped with fresh sweet apples. As for the frosting, it’s from the Baked cookbook, but my grandma has a cake recipe with a frosting that’s very similar (you cook the milk and flour together on the stove first) – I think it’s a quite old-fashioned technique! Planning on making this tonight for a fundraiser! The cloves and allspice come across strong good but strong I got on your site to look at cakes to make and you’ve posted a perfect one for me to try! I’m planning to try it but want it to work as a wedding/celebration cake and would therefore need to ice it in fondant/sugarpaste. It’s amazingly tasty! 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