Caramel Apple Cake

An apple a day

We don’t know that eating an apple a day keeps the doctor away, as the old adage goes, but apples are delicious and have many health benefits. Illinois is home to numerous apple orchards, from north to south and all points in between, and fall is the perfect time to visit one of them. At some orchards, you can even pick your own. When you do, be sure to grab some extras to try some of these delicious recipes. The warm aromas of apples and cinnamon will fill your home with the fragrances of fall.   

Caramel Apple Cake

Submitted by Carol Sue Carnes, Illinois Electric Cooperative and Susan DiGrino, McDonough Power Cooperative
Course Dessert
Servings 16


  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 cups apples peeled, cored and chopped
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1 cup Brown sugar
  • 5 tablespoons milk


  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Grease and flour a 9x13-inch pan or may use a Bundt pan.
  • Combine oil, sugar, eggs and vanilla and mix well.
  • Add flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon and mix until well blended.
  • Stir in apples and nuts. Pour into prepared pan.
  • Bake 50-60 minutes until inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool.
  • Combine caramel topping ingredients in small saucepan. Bring to a boil for 3 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and pour over cooled cake. Susan suggests poking holes in cake and guiding the glaze into the holes.


Nutrition information: 419 calories; 22g fat; 321mg sodium; 54.2g carbohydrates; 4.5g protein.