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Cake with apple slices arranged on top with caramel drizzle

Spiced Apple Cake with Salted Maple Caramel

Author: Gail Ng
Warm and cozy vibes! This spiced apple cake with salted maple caramel drizzle is like a warm caramel apple pie on top of a cake
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 45 mins
Yield 1 9” cake
Category Desserts
Cuisine American


Spiced Apple Cake:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ¼ ground cardamom
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted & cooled
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 large apples, peeled & sliced
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar

Salted Maple Caramel:

  • ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp sea salt



  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9-inch springform cake pan and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, spices, and salt.
  • In a separate medium bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, vinegar, melted butter, and vanilla extract.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, folding together with a spatula until just combined.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and smooth the top with a spatula.
  • Arrange the apple slices on top of the batter, slightly overlapping the slice before.
  • Sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon mixture on top of the apples.
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes, until a toothpick comes out almost clean.
  • Remove from oven and let cool for at least 10-15 minutes before releasing from the cake pan and slicing.
  • Drizzle with salted maple glaze and serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.


  • In a small saucepan over low-medium heat, combine maple syrup and brown sugar.
  • Cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently, until the sugar has almost dissolved.
  • Add the butter and cook for another 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Add the heavy cream and sea salt and cook for another 5-10 minutes, stirring constantly. The glaze should bubble up and become lighter in colour.
  • Once the glaze thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon, remove from heat and transfer to a jar to finish cooling.
  • If you’re not using the glaze right away, microwave for 30 seconds before drizzling.


Calories: 4092kcal | Carbohydrates: 688g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 134g | Saturated Fat: 80g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 36g | Trans Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 677mg | Sodium: 4670mg | Potassium: 1975mg | Fiber: 21g | Sugar: 459g | Vitamin A: 4881IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 1249mg | Iron: 17mg
Keywords apple cake, apple pie cake, fall baking, salted caramel, salted maple caramel
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