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Salted Caramel Apple Cake

Adapted from Family Circle, October 2014
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Servings: 12


  • 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


  • 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.)
  • Heat remaining 2 tbsp. cold butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add apples and sauté for 13 minutes, until soft.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Serve warm or at room temperature.
  • Optional to whip 1 cup of whipping cream (add 2-3 Tbsp. maple syrup after whipped); serve on top!