Apple Cake With Caramel Glaze

Photo by Amy Neunsinger
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  • Serves 16
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  • Nutritional Information

    Nutritional Information

    Per Serving

    • Calories 439 calories
    • Fat 25 g
    • Sat Fat 12 g
    • Cholesterol 81 mg
    • Sodium 159 mg
    • Protein 5 g
    • Carbohydrate 52 g
    • Sugar 32 g
    • Fiber 2 g
    • Iron 2 mg
    • Calcium 39 mg


  1. Check 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for the dish
  2. Check 1 cup granulated sugar
  3. Check 1 cup light brown sugar
  4. Check 3 eggs
  5. Check 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for the dish
  6. Check 1 teaspoon baking soda
  7. Check 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  8. Check 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  9. Check 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  10. Check 5 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and cut into a 1/2-inch dice
  11. Check 1 1/4 cups coarsely chopped pecans
  12. Check 2 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  13. Check Caramel Glaze (optional)
  14. Check vanilla ice cream (optional)


  1. Heat oven to 325° F. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium-high, beat the butter and the granulated and brown sugars until light and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition.
  2. In another bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Using a wooden spoon, gradually add the flour mixture to the egg mixture. The batter should be very thick. Stir in the apples, pecans, and vanilla. Scrape the batter into a buttered and floured 9-by-13-inch baking pan.
  3. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 50 to 60 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack. Let cool for at least 10 minutes while you make the Caramel Glaze, if using. With a spatula, loosen the sides of the cake. If you want to remove it from the pan, invert it onto a baking sheet, then invert it again, right-side up, onto a platter. With a toothpick or fork, poke holes all over the surface. Pour on the warm sauce. Serve warm or at room temperature, with ice cream, if desired.