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Caramel Apple Cake Recipe with Caramel Buttercream

Start the apple season with this caramel apple cake layered with creamy exotic caramel buttercream and drizzled with delicious homemade caramel sauce for that added luxury. Whether you make this for a celebration or festive dinner this will have everyone talking about it for days. Caramel, spices apples and soft melt in the mouth buttercream. You just know it's going to be good.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Apple, Apple Pie Cake, dessert, fall
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 386kcal
Author Veena Azmanov


  • 350 grams All-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp  Baking powder
  • 1 tsp  Baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 228 grams Butter unsalted
  • 300 grams Brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 60 ml Applesauce unsweetened
  • 120 ml Buttermilk
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
  • 3 cups Apples chopped
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp  ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon




  • Preheat the oven to 170 C/340 F
  • Grease and line 3  x 6 inch round pans or 2 x 8 inch round pans.
  • Mix the spices together and set aside.

Prepare apples

  • Peel, core and chop apples into 1/2 inch pieces
  • Add half the mixed spice and 3 tbsp flour (use from the measured flour)
  • Combine well and set aside.

Prepare dry ingredients

  • Combine together the flour with baking powder, baking soda, mixed spices, and salt
  • set aside.

Mix Batter

  • Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy
  • Add eggs one at a time
  • Followed by the vanilla and applesauce
  • Next, add the flour and buttermilk in three additions.
  • Lastly, add the chopped apples - combine well but do not over mix.


  • Divide the batter between the baking pans
  • Spread the top so it's an even layer.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes clean.
  • Cool in the pan for 10 minutes then on a  wire rack until cool completely.

Prepare the frosting

  • Prepare one batch of caramel buttercream - recipe and video here
  • As well as one batch of caramel sauce - recipe and video here. When making the caramel sauce - remove some for the drip and cook the rest for a thicker consistency just as shown in the video.


  • Level the apple cake layers if they have any dome.
  • Layer them with caramel buttercream frosting in between as shown in the video
  • Frost the outside with more caramel buttercream - chilling in between steps as necessary.
  • Lastly, use the caramel sauce to create the drip as shown in the video.
  • To decorate - put any remaining frosting in a piping bag with a piping nozzle
  • Create some pattern on the top.



Calories: 386kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 336mg | Potassium: 222mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 11.7% | Vitamin C: 1.7% | Calcium: 8.8% | Iron: 10.7%