This beautiful apple cinnamon and caramel cake is perfectly spiced and delicious for everyday or for a special occasion. Two layers of cinnamon apple sponge cake sandwiched with cinnamon buttercream and caramel then topped with more caramel, it's the perfect cake for autumn baking.
If you've never tasted an apple cinnamon and caramel cake before then trust me, you are missing out! I know there are lots of delicious cakes out there, many of them involving apple, but if you add cinnamon to the apple it is just so much better and if you go one step further and add some smooth dulce de leche you will get the most yummy cake you have eaten in quite some time. Trust me.
Apple and cinnamon is a combination I love and even though most of my recipes are savoury, there are quite few apple and cinnamon recipes on this blog. Just take a look at Cinnamon Apple Cake, Apple, Sultana and Cinnamon Scones, Apple and Cinnamon Crumble and yes, there are more, but I won't go on.
Although I have a lot of apple and cinnamon recipes on here, I think this is the first time I have added caramel into the mix too. Caramel is the perfect partner for an apple and cinnamon cake. It also makes the cake just that little bit more indulgent than it would otherwise have been.
And I guess I should apologise here too because this apple cinnamon and caramel cake really is indulgent. It isn't a cake to make in diet week. Unless you slice it very thinly and that is hard because you will definitely want a generous slice.
What is this easy cinnamon apple caramel cake like?
This cake is made up of two layers of moist light sponge cake with pieces of cinnamon coated apple in the cake. Between these two layers there is a drizzle (Or you could make it a blanket) of caramel or dulce de leche. It's sweet and sticky and goes perfectly with the deliciously smooth cinnamon buttercream that also snuggles in the middle of the cake!
On top of the cake there is another drizzle of dulce de leche. It finishes this easy apple caramel cake off perfectly.
Apple cake. Buttercream. Dulce de leche. The combination is sinfully good. It's a cake you won't want to share but also a cake that you won't be able to eat all to yourself.
Storing this cake
Unless you intend to eat this apple cinnamon and caramel cake all at once, it will keep for about 3 days. Just store it in a cool place in an airtight container. Enjoy!
Can you freeze this cake?
If you want to make this cake in advance and then freeze it, it is best to just freeze the apple sponge cake. Defrost the cake at room temperature and then decorate it after it comes out of the freezer.
Recipe for Cinnamon Apple and Caramel Cake
The recipe is adapted from Food Network.
Cinnamon and Apple Caramel Cake
For the Apple Cinnamon Cake:
- 150 g brown sugar
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 225 g butter room temperature
- 200 g white sugar
- 4 eggs
- 3 tsp vanilla extract
- 375 g plain flour
- 3.5 tsp baking powder
- 250 ml milk room temperature
- 2 apples
- 1 lemon juiced
For the Filling and Topping
- 4 tbsp caramel or dulce de leche
For the Cinnamon Buttercream:
- 60 g unsalted butter at room temperature
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 125 g icing sugar
- 1 tbsp milk
- Grease and line two 20cm cake tins.
- Peel and chop the apples then mix the lemon juice into the chopped apple so it doesn't go brown
- Mix the brown sugar and cinnamon together and leave till later.
- Beat the butter and caster sugar together until light and creamy. Beat in the eggs one at a time and then the vanilla.
- Mix the flour and baking powder together then sift them into the bowl with the egg mixture. Stir in gently until fully incorporated. Mix in the milk until smooth.
- Put a quarter of the mixture into each tin. Sprinkle on a layer of apple then add the rest of the cake mixture. Top with the rest of the apple and the cinnamon sugar mixture.
- Bake the cakes for about 40-50 minutes at 160C.
- Test they are ready by inserting a skewer which should come out clean.
- Turn the cakes out of the tins and leave them to cool on a wire rack.
- Spread a layer of caramel on one of the cakes.
- Make the buttercream by beating together all the buttercream ingredients. Spread the buttercream on top of the caramel. Top with the second cake.
- Heat some of the caramel in a bowl in the microwave. Drizzle it over the top of the cake.
More fruity bakes
Apple is so good in bakes but sometimes you want a change. If so, try one of these delicious berry filled bakes?