October 7th, 2010

Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze

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I saw this Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze over at Lick the Bowl Good a few weeks ago and made it that very day.  My kids smelled it baking and kept asking when it would be done.


After tasting it, they proclaimed it the best cake they’ve ever had! I think it was even better the next day.  In fact, I made it again the same week.

It’s so moist and delicious, and tastes a lot like a caramel apple. What’s not to love about that?

It’s a great fall recipe, but one that I plan on making year round. And I always get asked for the recipe!

If you don’t have any heavy cream, evaporated milk is a good substitute.

Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze

Preparation 15 min Cook Time 45 min Total Time 1 hr



  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 cups finely chopped apples
  • 1 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped (optional)

Brown Sugar Glaze

  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x13-inch pan and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the eggs until light and foamy. Add the oil and vanilla and mix well.
  4. Stir in the flour mixture with a spoon and continue stirring the batter until the flour disappears.
  5. Add the apples and nuts; mix well.
  6. Scrape the batter into prepared pan and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Set the cake on a wire rack.
  7. While the cake is still hot, prepare the glaze.
  8. Combine the brown sugar, butter, vanilla and heavy cream in a medium saucepan.
  9. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, until the mixture comes to a gentle boil. Continue cooking for 3 minutes.
  10. Spoon the hot glaze over the still warm cake.
  11. Let the glazed cake cool completely before serving straight from the pan.
2 reviews

Who Dished It Up First: This recipe was originally published in the Southern Cakes cookbook, but I found it at Lick the Bowl Good.



  1. LOVE LOVE LOVE this cake! I too saw it on Monica’s blog (Lick the Bowl Clean) and knew I had to make ASAP! Made it this past weekend and it disappeared just like that! I can’t wait to make it again! 🙂

  2. I loooove apple cake, and so does my boyfriend! I’m going to make this for him!!

  3. Have not made it yet, but am liking it already! Will be trying this out! Thanks for sharing. ^..^

  4. I made this a couple of days after seeing it on MOnica’s blog and my kids LOVED it too! It didn’t last a day at my house. 🙂 Yours looks really good.

  5. Wow, I’ve been paging through your blog and everything looks delicious. I have already bookmarked a few things to try, namely that decadent brownie pie to the right and the nutella gooey butter cake. This apple cake looks great too.

  6. What a wonderful sounding apple cake, I’ve goat loads of apples to use up thanks to the trees in my back yard, and a girl can only eat so much applesauce LOL.
    *kisses* HH

  7. What a great photo! I wish I had a bite of this delish cake right now!!


  8. I am loving this time of year and all these yummy apple desserts. i may have to make this oh-so soon!

  9. Wow! What a beautiful blog you have! I love apple cake! I’ve got to try this.

  10. Looks yummy. I will add it to my list of must tries!
    Thanks for your post

  11. This was one of the best apple cakes I’ve ever had. It was just so buttery and fragrant and flavorful. I’m glad you and hte kiddos liked it as much as we did!

  12. Oh wow, this looks delicious, I can almost smell it.

  13. Wow this looks o gooooood!! We were just talking about apples today, I was going to make an apple pie tomorrow but you just changed my mind!! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Delicious looking cake. We are on an apple cake binge and this looks like the perfect candidate for our next cake.

  15. What a great cake!!! Love the glaze and it sounds so easy.

  16. This sounds absolutely delish! I love apple cake and I bet the glaze makes it over the top! 🙂

  17. Hi! I wanted you to know that I made this cake and it is sooooo good! The glaze is wonderful. I will certainly make it again.

  18. It looks so wonderful, I’ll bet I could eat that glaze with a spoon!

  19. I’m so making this! It looks awesome, especially with the glaze! Thanks!

  20. I doubled the recipe and substituted ground almonds for the pecans – delish! thank you

  21. …here’s a link to my page with the picture of my interpretation http://carfreeinannarbor.blogspot.com/2010/10/apple-cake-with-caramel-glaze.html

    I also didn’t peel the apples, using both yellow and red apples. Thanks so much, I’ll be making this cake for years to come. The family loves it!

  22. This looks amazing. Actually have a variation baking in my oven right now. Used half white whole wheat flour (King Arthur) in place of some of the all-purpose. Also used 1/2 cup of honey in place of 1/2 cup of the sugar. Smells delicious! I’ll try and post back and let you know how it came out.

  23. Okay…I’m back. This recipe was DELICIOUS!!! Hope you don’t mind the variations – trying to put a healthy twist on my baking. I forget in my first post: I used 1/2 olive oil, 1/2 canola oil (I love the richness of the olive oil if I’m using honey or whole wheat in a recipe). I also love salty caramel, so I added a sprinke of fleur de sel to the sauce. This cake was amazing, even with my “healthy” stuff. I can only imagine how decadent the original recipe is. I’ll have to indulge some day. Now, I am off to find more recipes on your site!!! = )

  24. Love this cake!! I first tried it when I was visiting my brother. His roommate was making this and we had to try it. We loved it so much we had to make out own. Thank you for sharing!!!

  25. Can’t wait to try these – thanks for sharing!

  26. Love apples and that brown sugar glaze look great!


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