This EASY Apple Cake recipe is made with fresh grated apples and spices, topped with homemade caramel sauce and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. This is a delicious treasured family recipe!
Looking for more apple recipes? Try our Applesauce, Apple Pancakes, Apple Crisp, or learn How to Make Perfect Caramel Apples!
What we LOVE about Apple Cake:
- Grated apple: No peeling or chopping required. The cake has six apples in it, which provide lots of moisture, flavor and texture.
- That caramel sauce is an absolute must. It simmers on the stove for an hour but it only requires three ingredients and is so easy to make.
- My Grandmother’s recipe: This is a treasured family recipe that we enjoy during the fall and winter months each year.
How to make Apple Cake:
Make Caramel Sauce and simmer on the stove while the cake cooks.
Grate Apples: Grate them (with the peel on) using a box grater or food processor with a grating attachment.
Combine Wet Ingredients: butter, sugar, and eggs in a mixing bowl. Next, stir in the grated apples.
Combine Dry Ingredients in a separate bowl. Then combine the wet and dry ingredients and mix until just incorporated. For a moist cake, you don’t want to over mix!
Spread the batter into a greased 9×13 inch pan.
Bake: Place in oven and bake for 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with few crumbs. Enjoy with a scoop of ice cream and caramel sauce!
Which apples should you use?
Although Granny Smith apples are my favorite for most baked apple desserts (like apple crisp, or baked apples, where the apple is really the star of the show), you can really use any type of apple for this recipe!
To Freeze: Once cooled, cover fresh apple cake well and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge. Enjoy cold, or rewarm in the oven on low heat, or warm individual slices in the microwave.
More Apple Recipes:
- The Best Apple Crisp
- Caramel Apple Bundt Cake
- Baked Apples
- Apple Coffee Cake
- Apple Spice Cake with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting
- Caramel Apple Dip
- Waldorf Salad
- Applesauce Bread
- Apple Pecan Salad
- Healthy Applesauce Oat Muffins
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- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 cup butter , room temperature
- 2 large eggs
- 6 small/medium apples* grated (cored, but keep the peel on)
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
- 1 cup chopped walnuts , optional
For the homemade Caramel Sauce:
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until well blended. Add the eggs and mix well.
Stir in the freshly grated apple. It may seems like the grated apple is completely taking over the dish – this is a good thing :).
In a separate bowl, mix together the dry ingredients. Add to the wet ingredients and mix, just until incorporated.
Bake in a greased 9×13 inch pan for 40-50 min, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. (Depending on how large your apples were, you may need to cook it a little longer than 50 minutes).
Allow the cake to cool for at least 10 minutes. Serve warm with caramel sauce and whipped cream or ice cream.
For the Caramel Sauce:
Place all of the caramel sauce ingredients in a large glass bowl and stir to combine.
Fill a saucepan with about 2 inches of water and bring it to a boil. Turn it to a low simmer.
Set a glass bowl over the saucepan (or use a double boiler) and simmer the sauce, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour.
Pour into a jar and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.
Freezing Instructions: Once cooled, cover well and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge. Enjoy cold, or rewarm in the oven on low heat, or warm individual slices in the microwave.
*I originally shared this recipe November 2014. Updated November 2020 and October 2022.