Caramel Apple Cake

This salted caramel apple cake gives all the Fall vibes! It’s made with tender spice cake layers, apple filling, and homemade caramel and is frosted with silky smooth caramel buttercream.

Prep Time
30
minutes
Cook Time
32 minutes
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Servings
One 8-inch layer cake; 24 servings
Apple Filling
  • 4 Honeycrisp apples, large
  • 3 Tbsp Unsalted butter
  • 1 cup Domino® Golden Sugar
  • 2 Tsp Ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt
  • 2 Tbsp Water
  • 2 Tbsp Cornstarch
Caramel Sauce
  • 1 cup Domino® Golden Sugar
  • 6 Tbsp Unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/3 Cup Heavy cream, room temperature
  • 1/2 Tsp Fine salt
Spice Cake Layers
  • 3 Cups All-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 Cups, packed Domino® Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Cups Domino® Granulated Sugar
  • 2 1/2 Tsp Baking powder
  • 2 Tsp Ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tsp Fine salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1/2 Tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 1/2 Cup Unsalted Butter, room temperature
  • 4 Large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 Cups Sour cream, room temperature
  • 1/2 Cups Vegetable oil
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla extract
Caramel Buttercream Frosting
  • 2 Cups Unsalted Butter, room temperature
  • 1/3 Cup Caramel sauce (recipe above), room temperature
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 6 Cups Domino® Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Heavy cream
Instructions
Apple Filling

Step 1

Peel 4 large apples, remove the core and cut into quarter inch pieces. 

Step 2

Add the apple pieces, 3 Tbsp butter, 1 cup Domino® Golden Sugar, 2 tsp cinnamon, and 1/4 tsp salt into a large skillet. Heat over medium-high heat, using a spoon or spatula to stir the mixture occasionally. Cook until the mixture begins to bubble, then reduce the heat to medium.

Step 3

In a small bowl whisk together 2 Tbsp of water and 2 Tbsp of cornstarch to make a cornstarch slurry. This will help thicken the filing. Pour into the apple mixture and simmer for 5-10more minutes, stirring occasionally. Cook just until the apples are soft. If you over-cook them they'll fall apart and look more like applesauce than apple pie filling!

Step 4

Transfer the filling into a separate container and chill in the fridge. Once fully cooled, the filling can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for up to a week (it doesn't freeze well)

Caramel Sauce

Step 1

Next, make the caramel sauce. Turn stove to medium heat and place a pot over the element.

Step 2

Pour in 1 cup of Domino® Golden Sugar gradually, adding 1/4 cup at a time. Wait until the sugar is mostly liquified, then add the next increment of sugar.

Step 3

As the sugar melts, it will gradually deepen in color. 

Step 4

Stir occasionally until the sugar is fully dissolved and is an amber color. Then turn off the heat. 

Step 5

Mix in 6 Tbsp of butter slowly (1 Tbsp at a time), then stir in 1/3 cup of cream and 1/2 tsp salt. The mixture will be very thin but will thicken as it cools.

Step 6

Pour into a separate container, then place in fridge to cool for 20 minutes.

Spice Cake Layers

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°F / 175°C. Line three 8" pans with parchment rounds and grease with non-stick baking spray.

Step 2

Whisk 3 cups flour, 1 1/2 cups Domino® Light Brown Sugar, 1 1/2 cups Domino® Granulated Sugar, 2 1/2 tsp baking powder, 2 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp ginger and 1/2 tsp nutmeg in a large bowl.

Step 3

Use an electric mixer to mix ½ cup of butter into the dry ingredients on a low speed. Mix until the mixture looks like sand and no large chunks of butter remain.

Step 4

In a separate bowl, whisk together 4 large eggs, 1 ½ cups sour cream, 1/2 cup vegetable oil and 1 tsp of vanilla extract.

Step 5

Slowly mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients on a low speed until just incorporated.

Step 6

Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula, then beat on a low speed for a few more seconds to make sure everything is properly mixed.

Step 7

Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans.

Step 8

Bake for 32-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs. Allow the pans to cool for 10 minutes, then run a small offset spatula around perimeter of the pan to separate the cake from the pan.

Step 9

Flip the cake layers onto a wire rack to cool.

Step 10

Use a serrated knife to level the tops of the layers once they're fully cooled.

Step 11

If you make these cake layers in advance and freeze them, let them thaw for about 20 minutes before making your cake. The cake layers should still be slightly cold to the touch, which will make it easier to assemble your cake.

Salted Caramel Buttercream Frosting

Step 1

Once the caramel has cooled to room temperature, make the caramel buttercream.

Step 2

Beat 2 cups of butter on a medium speed for 30 seconds with a paddle attachment or hand mixer, until smooth.

Step 3

Mix in 1/3 cup of cooled caramel, 1 tsp vanilla and 1/2 tsp salt on a low speed.

Step 4

Slowly mix in 6 cups of Domino® Powdered Sugar on a low speed. Halfway through mixing, add in 1 Tbsp of heavy cream to make the frosting easier to mix.

Step 5

Beat on low until the ingredients are fully incorporated, and the desired consistency is reached.

Assembling this Salted Caramel Apple Cake

Step 1

Stack and frost the spiced cake layers on a greaseproof cake board using a dab of frosting to help stick the first cake layer to the board.

Step 2

Spread an even layer of caramel buttercream on top of the first cake layer. Pipe a ring around the cake layer to act as a frosting dam to keep the apple filling in place.

Step 3

Spread ½ of the apple filling inside the frosting ring. Drizzle half of the remaining caramel over the apple filing. Top with the next cake layer and repeat.

Step 4

Chill the cake in the freezer for 5 minutes once the cake layers are stacked to help lock the filling in place and make it easier to crumb coat the cake.

Step 5

Spread a thick coat of caramel buttercream around the cake using an offset spatula to give it a beautiful textured finish.

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