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5 from 4 votes

Salted Caramel Apple Cake (with video)

The perfect cake for the holidays and fall season! Salted caramel apple cake topped off with homemade cream cheese frosting.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 1016kcal


For the cake:

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup melted unsalted butter 2 sticks
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp  baking powder
  • 4 cups brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp  salt
  • 2 tsp  vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp  cinnamon
  • 3 apples shredded

Salted Caramel:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 tbsp salted butter
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp  salt or to taste

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 4 ounces unsalted butter
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp whole milk


  • To make the cake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl, combine the melted butter, brown sugar, vanilla extract, shredded apples, and eggs.
  • Fold in the all-purpose flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • Distribute the batter evenly amongst 3 buttered 8-inch cake pans.
  • Bake for 27 minutes or until done.
  • Let the cakes cool completely.
  • To make the cream cheese frosting, mix the unsalted butter and cream cheese using an electric whisk for 2-3 minutes.
  • Stir in the vanilla extract and whole milk and mix on high for 2 minutes or until nice and fluffy.
  • To make the salted caramel, cook the sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly,  until the sugar dissolves completely and turns into a copper color.
  • Stir in the butter using a whisk until it melts completely.
  • Stir in the heavy cream slowly while whisking.
  • Cook for an additional minute.
  • Stir in the salt.



Calories: 1016kcal | Carbohydrates: 159g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 25g | Cholesterol: 167mg | Sodium: 713mg | Potassium: 298mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 123g | Vitamin A: 1402IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 142mg | Iron: 3mg