Homemade Apple Cake with Lush Caramel Glaze











This homemade apple cake with a lush caramel brown sugar glaze is the perfect blend of sweet, moist, and decadent. Perfect for any occasion, it will leave your taste buds wanting more.


Step 1: Preheat and Prep

Start your baking adventure by preheating your oven to 350 degrees. Grab a 9 x 13 inch baking pan (though I love using a slightly smaller pan for a taller cake) and give it a good grease to ensure your cake comes out smoothly. In the bustling heart of your kitchen, whisk together your dry ingredients - flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, and a pinch of salt. This blend of dry ingredients promises a sweet and spiced foundation for your delectable cake.
Pro Tip: Use parchment paper in the pan for even easier removal.

Step 2: Mix Wet Ingredients and Combine

In a separate, larger bowl, whisk your eggs until they're frothy - a hint at the fluffiness they'll add to your cake. Mix in the oil and vanilla for an extra moist and flavorful batter. Now, it's time to unite the dry with the wet. Gradually fold in your flour mixture using a wooden spoon, making sure each cup is fully blended before adding the next. This step is crucial for ensuring a smooth batter, rich in flavor and ready to welcome the apples.
Pro Tip: Adding the flour gradually prevents lumps in your batter.

Step 3: Add the Apples

The star of the show, the apples, are next to join the batter. Choose your favorite variety of apples for a personalized touch - I love the classic sweetness of Fuji or the tartness of Granny Smith. Chop them up and stir them in, making sure they're well distributed throughout the batter. As you fold these crisp bites into the mix, imagine the delightful texture and bursts of apple in every slice of the cake.
Pro Tip: Chop the apples into small pieces for even distribution.

Step 4: Bake the Cake

With your oven preheated and your batter ready, pour it into the greased pan, spreading it evenly. The journey in the oven begins, setting your kitchen abuzz with anticipation. Bake for about 50 to 60 minutes, or until the cake turns a lovely golden-brown, springs back when touched, and starts to pull away from the pan's edges. The aroma of baked apples and cinnamon fills the air, signaling that your cake is almost ready to delight.
Pro Tip: Check doneness with a toothpick inserted into the center; it should come out clean.

Step 5: Finish with Glaze

As your cake cools slightly on a wire rack, prepare the indulgent caramel glaze that will crown your creation. Pour the hot glaze over the warm cake, allowing it to seep in and add a layer of gooey sweetness. The glaze sets up quickly, creating a shiny topping that complements the moist and flavorful cake beneath. The combination of the soft cake with a burst of sweet, caramelized topping is a match made in heaven, ready to be enjoyed.
Pro Tip: Allow the cake to cool for just 10 minutes before glazing to help absorption.