How can you go wrong with the combination of apples and caramel, especially in a fall dessert? This caramel-apple cake recipe is surprisingly easy to make and requires just 20 minutes of active time--not bad for a such a good-looking treat! We call for white whole-wheat flour in this recipe; it has a milder flavor than regular whole-wheat flour and more fiber than all-purpose flour, so it's perfect for making healthier baked goods.

Marianne Williams
Source:, June 2019


Recipe Summary

20 mins
2 hrs 20 mins


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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 12-cup Bundt pan with baking spray. Combine flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl. Add apples; toss to coat. Whisk brown sugar, buttermilk, oil, eggs and vanilla in a separate large bowl.

  • Microwave dulce de leche in a small microwavable bowl on High until warm and loosened, about 30 seconds. Fold the flour-apple mixture into the brown sugar-buttermilk mixture until just combined. Pour half of the batter into the prepared pan. Spoon 1/2 cup of the warmed dulce de leche over the batter in the pan; swirl with a knife. (Reserve the remaining dulce de leche in bowl.) Pour the remaining batter into the pan; smooth the top.

  • Bake until golden brown and a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Remove from the pan and invert onto the rack; let cool completely, about 1 hour.

  • Add heavy cream to the reserved 1/4 cup dulce de leche. Microwave on High until hot, 30 to 45 seconds. Stir until completely smooth; let cool for 5 minutes. Drizzle over the cooled cake, and serve.


Equipment: 12-cup Bundt pan

Tip: Look for canned dulce de leche in 13.4-ounce cans in the baking section of your grocery store near the sweetened condensed milk; brands include Nestle.

Nutrition Facts

271 calories; protein 4.7g; carbohydrates 43.7g; dietary fiber 2.4g; sugars 29.1g; fat 9.4g; saturated fat 1.8g; cholesterol 29.7mg; vitamin a iu 118.4IU; vitamin c 1.7mg; folate 4.5mcg; calcium 56.5mg; iron 2.7mg; magnesium 3.8mg; potassium 84mg; sodium 216.3mg; added sugar 26g.

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The cake part was fantastic. I had issues with the dulce de leche. Couldn't find it in my local Safeway, tried to make it using the sweetened condensed milk recipe but didn't like the taste 1 1/2 hour process. A lot of work for the topping that wasn't quite right. I should have just made it from scratch with milk and sugar but I was already 2 hours into it messing with the sweetened condensed milk. Probably won't make it again but if I'd done it all from scratch then it might have turned out fantastic. Read More