Apple cake made with fresh grated apples, served with caramel sauce drizzled on top and a scoop of ice cream on side.
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Apple Cake

Fresh Apple Cake made with grated apples and spices, topped with homemade caramel sauce and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.  This is a treasured family recipe!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 40 mins
Total Time1 hr 50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 15
Calories: 370kcal
Author: Lauren Allen

Ingredients

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup butter , room temperature
  • 2 large eggs
  • 6 apples ,small/medium size, 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

Instructions

  • 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 at 350 degrees F in a greased 9×13” pan for 40 min- 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 the 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.

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Nutrition

Calories: 370kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 286mg | Potassium: 141mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 450IU | Vitamin C: 3.5mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1.2mg