Salted Caramel Apple Cake

This moist, upside down Salted Caramel Apple Cake recipe is delicious served with fresh whipped cream, with a hint of maple syrup! Watch the video below how to make!

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Lately, with the change of seasons, the nights getting dark earlier, the cooler weather, feasting on one-pot dinners, hanging around as a family at dinner time, it’s been nice to linger.

You know, slowing down. Not running from one thing to the next.

Just letting the moments take on their own flavor, so to speak, and enjoying them and ordinary things, like baking an upside down Salted Caramel Apple Cake!

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I wish I would have slowed down enough to have gone to pick these apples with my sweet friends Roger and Faye, but instead, they picked them and brought them to me. Which was sooo nice!

Being rushed.

When we are rushed, we tend to be grumpy, we yell at each other, we’re unaware, drive too fast, shop on a whim (not good for grocery shopping), and miss out on ordinary moments. My older son reminded me that we lack mindfulness when we are too rushed. I agree.

Ordinary is fine.

Ordinary moments are good. They remind us of the mundane things in life, that still have meaning—work, relationships, dining together, solving problems, learning, growing spiritually and mentally and physically. Noticing colors, nature, scents and smiles. I really do like ordinary.

We owe it to ourselves and to our families and friends to shift our thinking to ordinary being just fine.

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Little ways I’ve embraced “ordinary.”

Get up 1/2 hour earlier every morning so I have time to read, think, pray, have coffee.
Exercise with friends (this way I get to catch up on their lives).
Keep my cell phone in the kitchen at night (no phone by my bed).
Not complain to myself when I have to pay bills. Dishes? well, not complain as much. Just stop complaining.
Try to be done with my work in time for dinner.
Take Haggis on more walks.
Get “into” cooking and really enjoy it. Explore more with flavors, ingredients, and recipes.
Occasionally pop a note in the mail to a friend, or a little gift.

Salted Caramel Apple Cake

I also slowed down yesterday and took some of the apples that our friends brought from their trees, and made a cake.

It’s an ordinary thing to make a cake, but as I was putting it together, I thought of Roger and Faye, the 32 years I’ve known them, the sweet times together that we’ve enjoyed, and as I pulled the cake out of the oven, the guys were just getting home from soccer.

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Loved the smell of butter and apples cooking. You can use whole wheat flour, or all purpose flour.

And then pulling the cake out of the oven. Mm-m-m-m- …

The house smelled good, dinner was great, and this cake for dessert was a perfect way to end the day!

That first bite … oh, so good!

What ordinary life-enhancing things have you done recently?

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Salted Caramel Apple Cake

Adapted from Family Circle, October 2014


  • 6 Tbsp. cold butter
  • 1 1/2 cups packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 5 Golden Delicious apples, cored, peeled, each cut into 8 wedges (or a tarter flavor if you prefer)
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (you can also use all-purpose flour)
  • 1 Tbsp. apple pie spice (from McCormick’s but you can use nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice)
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1 cup whipping cream + 2-3 Tbsp. maple syrup for topping (optional)


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Generously butter the bottom of a 10-inch round cake pan with 4 tbsp. butter; sprinkle with 1/2 cup of dark brown sugar and the sea salt. (Optional to use parchment paper.)
  2. Heat remaining 2 tbsp. cold butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add apples and sauté for 13 minutes, until soft.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, spices, baking powder, and salt. Add in the butter, 1 cup of dark brown sugar, eggs, whipping cream and vanilla. Beat until smooth for about 2 minutes.
  4. Fan apples over bottom of prepared pan. Spread batter on top of apples. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes.
  5. Run a small knife around pan edge. Place a serving plate on top of the pan and turn plate and pan over together. Carefully remove pan. If any apples remain in the pan, place them on the cake.
  6. Serve warm or at room temperature.
  7. Optional to whip 1 cup of whipping cream (add 2-3 Tbsp. maple syrup after whipped); serve on top!
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I am a huge fan of my Le Creuset skillet, and I always use my KitchenAid hand mixer for that yummy whipped cream!

Salted Caramel Apple Cake

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25 comments on “Salted Caramel Apple Cake”

  1. I love ordinary days. And slowing down to enjoy them. You are so right about being rushed…it’s not a fun feeling.

    Your cake looks incredible. Holy yum!!!

  2. Your blog is new to me and the reason I signed up to follow is due to things like you have shared today…..your thoughts….your feelings…your family….and just life. Recipes are everywhere, and yours are very nice by the way, but it is what you write beyond the recipes that touch the heart and make your post memorable. Envisioning you with your longtime friends, the apples they brought, and the love baked into that cake, and those wonderful home welcoming aromas for your family as they walked in the door…..that is why I look forward to reading more.
    Thanks for reminding us to relish the ordinary, to wrap it around us like a warm well worn quilt and take comfort in it like an cherished and trusted friend.

  3. i am so inspired by your blog….your thoughts really make me stop and think about day to day living…and make me want to have my act more together! i am starting my FIRST women’s bible study group next week (time for me to step out of the box!) and i will be serving your delicious apple cake! : ) thank you!

  4. Love this recipe because it had meaning and purpose. I love that you thought of your friends while baking it. I love the little ways you’ve embraced “ordinary”. So inspiring!

  5. Looks incredible and I love slowing down this time of year. I need it to stay sane.

  6. I absolutely love reading your posts, they chill me out a little in the midst of our crazy lives. And this cake is AMAZING!!

  7. 100% gorgeous. Yes, ordinary is fine. I fact I think it’s needed. And any season change is a perfect opportunity to soak up ordinary moments. Thanks for sharing, Sandy! Big hugs as you miss your son who is at college. Thanks for the mindful post. XOXO

  8. Your blog is lovely!

    Where does the whipping cream come in? Is it just for homemade whipped cream if desired?

  9. Great reminders. I just love reading your perspective on life. Thanks for the movie recommendation too!

  10. : ) they LOVED the cake….and did everyone at the office… thanks for the recipe! your recipes are always a hit!

  11. Would light brown sugar work just as well in this recipe?

  12. How much cinnamon, allspice & nutmeg would replace the apple pie spice?

  13. What a delicious cake! I wasn’t sure I’d done things right as there didn’t seem much batter to cover the apples, and it didn’t follow the usual “cream butter and sugar…” instructions. I didn’t have whole wheat flour so used all purpose. Also made my own spice mix, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, 1/2 tsp allspice. Despite my anxiety this turned out to be flavourful, light crumb cake which I served with maple syrup whipped cream. Yum!

  14. Made this it was fantastic!!!!

  15. My daughter can’t have the heavy whipping cream. would too much change if u subbed it with full fat soy milk?

    • Erin, I’m really not familiar with cooking with full fat soy milk, so I’m not sure! Sorry! If it works, come back and tell me :)

  16. I baked this cake today on a cool and windy day. Loved the flavor. Next time I’m going to add some apples to the batter. 

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