This apple cake recipe was a special request from my husband. After a day of apple picking with our kids, we came home with 8 lbs of apples and few recipes ideas ideas on my part. I asked my husband to help me come up with apple recipe ideas to use up our yield.
“Make an apple coffee cake,” he said. “Coffee cake is my favourite.” Now, maybe some of you moms can relate, but my husband and I have been together for over 10 years, and in all that time never once has he ever mentioned that coffee cake is his “favourite.” Let alone do we ever buy coffee cake or have I witnessed him eating one. I can’t quite put my finger on what frustrates me about this. Do your husbands suddenly announce they have favourite foods that they’ve been dying for you to make but never mentioned before?
Ok, back to the apple coffee cake. You can call it apple tea cake, coffee cake, whatever you want to call it, this apple pie cake recipe is a moist apple cake full of flavour.
A few notes about this recipe:
- It took me about 3 hours to complete from start to finish, but it was sooo worth it!
- Use whatever apples you want. I used MacIntosh apples from our apple picking.
- Add a few extra apples to the food processor and set aside for my savoury dinner time recipe, Apple and Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese with Bacon and Caramelized Onions (coming soon!).
- For the sugar content, follow this apple recipe to the letter. I usually try to cut down on the sugar or substitute with maple syrup, but the sugar is needed to achieve the perfect effect for the crumble and caramel sauce, or else it won’t work.
- For the milk content in the actual cake portion of the recipe, I used the whipping cream I had bought for the caramel sauce. You’re going to have to buy it anyway, so why not use it all up. Most people don’t have a daily use for whipping cream any way. The result was AMAZING. It made the cake taste extra rich and moist.
- I used a 9-inch round spring form pan so I wouldn’t have to fuss with getting this masterpiece out of the pan.
- I used all of the caramel sauce (you can reserve half for later, but again, why not use it all up).
- I fed this decadent dessert to my toddler, but only gave him the cake portion and none of the crumble or caramel sauce. He loved it. A small piece was enough to satisfy him and his little sweet tooth.
Salted Caramel Apple Pie Cake Recipe
2 tablespoons butter
3 medium apples, peeled and chopped in a food processor (I used Macintosh apples)
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup whipping cream
1/4 cup real maple syrup
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup melted butter
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup whipping cream (or milk)
Warm a large skillet over a medium-high heat. Add the butter to melt then add the apples and sautée until softened – about 5 minutes. Set aside and let cool for 30 minutes
Combine all the ingredients for the caramel sauce in a medium sauce pan over medium-high heat. Stir constantly. Bring to a boil for 2 minutes, keep stirring. Remove from heat and let cool.
Combine all streusel topping ingredients. Leave for 30 minutes until mixture can crumble into small pieces.
Preheat oven to 350° F and grease a 9-inch round spring form pan.
Mix butter with an electric mixer at medium speedy until creamy. Slowly add sugar and vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, making sure ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Alternate adding flour mixture and whipping cream to the wet ingredients, and fulling mixing every time. Once complete, pour batter into pan. Top with the cooked apple sauce, drizzle half of the caramel sauce on top, and top with streusel.
Loosely cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 15-20 minutes to set. Test the centre with a toothpick, it should come out clean.
Let cake cool for 30 minutes. Remove spring form pan and place on a plate or cake dish. Drizzle the remaining caramel sauce on top and enjoy!
This was one of the apple picking recipes that I really enjoyed making. It had a huge WOW factor and it was utterly delicious. It’s the perfect dessert to enjoy on a cool fall afternoon or at Thanksgiving dinner.
Check out more of my apple picking recipes coming soon and view this recipe on Huffington Post.
What did you think or this apple pie cake recipe? What’s your favourite apple picking recipe to make? Leave me a comment below!
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