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Apple cake made with fresh grated apples, served with caramel sauce drizzled on top and a scoop of ice cream on side.
Apple Cake
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 40 mins
Total Time
1 hr 50 mins

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!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Unit: cup, large, teaspoon
Servings: 15
Calories: 370 kcal
Author: Lauren Allen
  • 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
  1. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until well blended. Add the eggs and mix well. 

  2. Stir in the freshly grated apple.  It may seems like the grated apple is completely taking over the dish - this is a good thing :).

  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the dry ingredients. Add to the wet ingredients and mix, just until incorporated.

  4. 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).

  5. 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
  1. Place all  of the caramel sauce ingredients in a large glass bowl and stir to combine.

  2. Fill a saucepan with about 2 inches of water and bring it to a boil. Turn it to a low simmer.

  3. Set the glass bowl over the saucepan (or use a double boiler) and simmer the sauce, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour.

  4. Pour into a jar and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Apple Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 370 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 28%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 54mg 18%
Sodium 286mg 12%
Potassium 141mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 50g 17%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 34g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 9%
Vitamin C 4.2%
Calcium 2.6%
Iron 6.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.