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.

Source:, June 2019


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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

1 slice
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.

1 1/2 fat, 1 1/2 other carbohydrate, 1 starch