I have a beautiful little 2 year old who loves to bake. So much so that she will often go to her kitchen with a collection of goodies she has scooped from my kitchen. Sometimes I go to the microwave and find that she has put a collection of things there too (I am so grateful that she doesn’t know how to turn it on yet!). So when little Miss asks to bake I do try to accommodate her. It also helps when it’s my turn to bring treats for my ladies group. Quite frankly any excuse to bake and I usually take it. I love to get in my kitchen and create. This is what I came up with.
I was on Pinterest the other day and saw this:
Now I am betting that it tastes even better than it looks but this is not the kind of thing that I have the time to throw together on the average day. So I decided to try something a little more low key. Now I will admit my cake is a lot less fancy looking but it is huge on flavor. Yumm-o!
Here’s my recipe:
Caramel Apple Cake
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9×13 inch pan and set aside.
3 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 3/4 cups packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 cup vegetable oil
½ cup butter
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 cups finely chopped apples
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar (I prefer light brown sugar because it adds to the caramel flavor)
1/3 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ cup cream
1 cup finely chopped pecans (optional, and very tasty)
Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a medium bowl . In a large bowl, mix the oil, butter and sugar, add the eggs and vanilla and beat well.Stir in the dry ingredients until just moistened. Add in the apples and stir until coated.
If you like smaller apple chunks you can definitely make yours smaller than I did, you could actually grate them up if you don’t like bigger pieces.
Pour the batter into prepared pan and bake for about 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. With a skewer poke holes all over the top of the cake, the more the better. This will allow the caramel to soak into the cake adding pockets of caramel goodness
Combine all the caramel glaze ingredients into a saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until the mixture thickens up, about 5 minutes, it should come to a soft boil. When it reaches this point pour the caramel over the hot from the oven cake.
I used a pastry brush to spread the caramel over the top and to stop the glaze from pooling around the sides.
One of the great things about the glaze is that when it sets it leaves a slightly crunchy texture on top. It makes a really nice contrast to the moist crumb of the cake and the soft apple pieces.
If you give this a try I would love to hear what you think. Thanks for stopping by!