Caramel Apple Cake

Apples, cinnamon, walnuts, cake, caramel glaze. That’s all I have to say, right? I have you at those four items and hello? This recipe certainly had ME at hello. I found it in the Costco Connection magazine, which just goes to show you that Costco does, indeed, have everything that anyone could possibly want, including a fabulous recipe for a rich, tender, sweet apple cake that will make your whole kitchen smell like a happy autumn day.

I should warn you that like most things associated with Costco, this is not only wonderful but, well, LARGE. Which is not at all a bad thing in terms of making friends…I sent the generous Southern husband into work with a lot of it the next day, and he said it was a big hit. The cake part is lovely — moist and sweet and packed with apples. But let’s face it…the captivating part of this particular baby is the caramel glaze. When you are done with the cake and it has cooled a bit, you make the glaze (out of butter and sugar and cream — are you panting yet?)…but wait, it gets better. Before you pour the glaze over the cake, you take a skewer and you poke holes all over the top of the cake, so that when you pour the glaze over it, not only does it coat the top of the cake, but it also sinks down into the middle of the cake via all those little holes.

I know, it’s almost too much to think about without fainting.

So there you go, from me and my friends at Costco (who in case you missed it the last hundred times I have mentioned it, sell the BEST shrimp I have ever tasted in my life. And please don’t get me started on their chocolate chip cookies.) Caramel Apple Cake. Go make some.

From Costco Connection magazine 


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  1. Oklahoma Granny says

    This recipe couldn't have come at a better time. I have some cream and 4 – count them 4 – Granny Smith apples in the fridge and they need to be used soon. Guess what I'll be baking tomorrow! Thanks for the recipe. It looks outstanding.

  2. Oklahoma Granny says

    One question – the recipe calls for 1 1/2 cups oil but the directions say to beat both sugars and butter . . . Did you use oil or butter? Thanks for the clarification!

  3. Nutmeg Nanny says

    Mmmmmmmmm delicious! I guess Costco does have it all:) I love the glaze on top of this cake…it's calling me name!

  4. Kate Morgan Jackson says

    Hi Oklahoma Granny and thanks for catching that! I did use oil, not butter, and I've fixed both the post and the clickable recipe. (I have to stop typing these things out late at night!!) Have fun making it — it's a great one!

  5. summer winter garden says

    This is a GREAT recipe,I made it friday.I am surprised Costco did not credit the recipe to the author,Edna Lewis.

  6. Kate Morgan Jackson says

    Thanks for letting me know that part — I didn't know about the author either. So thank you to Edna for this wonderful recipe!

  7. Grace says

    this is very, VERY similar to a apple cake recipe that i know and love. i'm on quite the apple-cake-kick these days, and i shall be adding this one to my repertoire–it's stunning. :)

  8. Kate Morgan Jackson says

    I have only made it the one time with the Granny Smiths, but I think any very firm and crisp apple would do. I wouldn't try it with the softer versions (like Macintoshs) because you want the apples to hold their shape while cooking. Happy baking!!

  9. Alison says

    I made this last night and it was fantastic. I got rave reviews. I used a mix of apples (Jonagold, Empire, and one unidentified leftover apple) and it turned out great. Thanks for the recipe!

  10. Sarah says

    I cannot even begin to describe how great this looks! (And smells in my mind's nostrils. haha.)

    I'm definitely going to make this. If I blog about it, I'll definitely be crediting you and letting you know.

  11. generic viagra says

    Let me share this cinnamon apple cake with you.

    * 1 3/4 cups sugar, divided
    * 1/2 cup stick margarine, softened
    * 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    * 6 ounces block-style fat-free cream cheese, softened (about 3/4 cup)
    * 2 large eggs
    * 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    * 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    * 1/4 teaspoon salt
    * 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    * 3 cups chopped peeled Rome apple (about 2 large)
    * Cooking spray

    Preheat oven to 350°.

    Beat 1 1/2 cups sugar, margarine, vanilla, and cream cheese at medium speed of a mixer until well-blended (about 4 minutes). Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Add flour mixture to creamed mixture, beating at low speed until blended.

    Combine 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon. Combine 2 tablespoons cinnamon mixture and apple in a bowl, and stir apple mixture into batter. Pour batter into an 8-inch springform pan coated with cooking spray, and sprinkle with remaining cinnamon mixture.

    Bake at 350° for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until the cake pulls away from the sides of the pan. Cool the cake completely on a wire rack, and cut using a serrated knife.

    Note: You can also make this cake in a 9-inch square cake pan or a 9-inch springform pan; just reduce the cooking time by 5 minutes.

    Serving is for 12 people.

  12. Avi says

    Wonderful cake, Baked it for the weekend and the family loved it.
    Just a quick comment, thought:
    When making the caramel glaze, at first I’ve made it according to your directions and all I got was fried sugars. In my experience when creating a caramel one should melt the sugars first, with or without some water on a low to medium heat, and only when it melts and starting to colorize you add the butter first and then the cream. I would also recommend using a large saucepan for that – when adding the cream the caramel tends to triple in volume while bubbling and you really don’t what to candy coat your stove top :-)
    Thanks again for the post, loved it!

    • Kate says

      Hi Avi, and thanks for the suggestions. My glaze came out okay, but I’m sure others on this post will be happy to have an alternate version. And thanks for your sweet words about the post! :)


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