German Apple Cake with Caramel Topping

I bought some apples that my son didn’t care too much for; he’s a Gala apple only type of guy, but I didn’t want to waste the apples and I’m not a huge fan of pies so I decided to make some sort of apple cake. I came across an apple cake recipe and like most all of the things I make, I found a few other recipes and adjusted the ingredients from each and made this. The caramel sauce isn’t a true caramel sauce, as in I didn’t cook the sugar first, but it is still amazing!

German Apple Cake with Caramel Topping

Apple Mixture:

4 cups apples- peeled, cored and diced

1 tsp lemon juice

2 tsp cinnamon

1 TBSP butter


Flour Mixture for Pan:

1 TBSP flour

1 TBSP sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

Cake Mix:

2 cups flour

2 cups turbinado sugar or brown sugar

1 TBSP ground cinnamon

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

1/4 tsp ground clove

2 TBSP ground flax seed + 1/8 tsp baking powder + 6 TBSP hot water

1/2 cup oil (I used a mix of safflower and sesame)

1/2 cup melted butter (1stick)

1 cup

1 teaspoon vanilla

Caramel Topping:

1/2 cup turbinado sugar (or brown sugar)

1/2 cup butter

1/4 cup cream

dash of salt

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Mix together ground flax seed, baking powder and hot water in small bowl and set aside, stirring occasionally.


Apple Mixture: Peel, core, dice apple and put into small pot along with lemon juice. Toss to coat apples. Add 2 tsp cinnamon and 1 TBSP butter. Cook over medium heat for about five minutes, stirring frequently.


Flour Mixture for Pan: While that is cooking, butter 13×9 glass baking dish. Mix together 1 TBSP flour, 1 TBSP sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon, sprinkle in baking dish and shake around like you would regular flour. This gives a sweet cinnamon crunch to the bottom of the cake.


Cake Mix: In large bowl mix together flour, turbinado sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and clove.

Add oil, butter, vanilla and mix with mixer.

Add melted butter and mix until smooth.

Fold in apples with wooden spoon.

Spread into pan and bake at 350 for about 45 minutes.

Let slightly cool before adding caramel topping.


In small pot, add turbinado or brown sugar, butter, cream and salt.

Over medium heat, bring to a boil and let boil for 4 minutes, stirring frequently.

Let cool for one minute.

Drizzle over top of cake.

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